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Transitioning from basic Java knowledge to productive coding

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I'm a high school student who has completed a course on Java which taught the basic such as variable types, if and while loops, classes, etc. but I don't know how to go from there to higher level Java programming. Professionally I want to focus on AI development but at the moment I need help finding independent study resources that don't teach the basics I already know, but rather where to go from there.
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The best advice most people can get on getting to the next level as a programmer is to create a solution.  If you want to do something in AI, pick some that sounds fun like training your own DeepLense Project using MXNet:

I have a bunch of ideas for directions of projects you might enjoy here.

In a nutshell, my advice is build things that you find interesting personally, and you will get to the next level in the shortest amount of time.
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