Dustin Wright

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Laurentiu, I'm a beginner.  Seemingly forever a beginner.  I can't yet seem to grasp object oriented concepts.  I can (I believe) understand the basics.  I get stuck on inheritance (I think I understand what it does in theory).  Polymorphism, classes, etc. for example seem to elude me.  I've tried many times to learn to program and seem to always get stuck at the end of the (for lack of a better term) fundamentals.  With that do you think your book would be appropriate for me to try again?

Thank you.
3 months ago
Welcome Laurentiu!  This is a great forum.  I'm very excited to learn of your book.
3 months ago
Congratulations Raju.  I'm excited to see this title.  I'm very new to Git and as it says on Amazon I too rely on copying and pasting commands to get things done.  Please tell me, is your book suitable for a beginner?

Thank you.
Welcome Raju.  This is a great forum.  Glad you are here.
Hello and welcome.  Thanks for being here.  I'm thankful to ask this question.  Looking at your books table of contents I don't see any mention of learning/building the skill of problem solving.  Is this addressed in your book?

Thank you.
5 months ago
Hello Attn Juliana.  Looking at the table of contents I believe the answer to this question is no.  Please correct me.  I've found over many decades of trying to learn to be a programmer I can understand what I'm doing up through the very basic tasks.  Once I try to grasp inheritance, polymorphism, proper object oriented programming it seems as though I just can't "get it".  I'm 53 and have been trying this since the mid 1990's.  Does your book touch on problem solving skills?  I'm looking for how to learn to solve problems, then make another run at trying to learn to write  code to solve them.  Honestly I have to wonder if I am simply not innately intelligent enough to learn this skill.

Please share your thoughts.  Thank you so much!
5 months ago
No problem!  I can easily buy your book from the fine folks at No Starch Press.  Multiple ebook formats all DRM free!  Need that to work with my app that reads to me called "Voice Dream".  Thank you so much Dr.  You've really made my day!
1 year ago
Thank you very much Dr. Dr. Tuckfield,

I'd like to get to full production applications.  However, baby steps.  Your book does sound like it's a good fit for me!  Thank you for mentioning Daniel Zingaro.  You've given me lots to think about and yes, my low vision is not my biggest issue.  Easily my biggest issue is my crushing lack of self confidence as a result of my disability.  I can't hide it.  I can't fix it and in the 1970s, 80s, and even into the 90s the world was not kind to those with impairments.  At least not in small town Midwest USA.  I'm older now and try to not let the past interfere with the future.  As is easy to tell, I've not fully defeated my demons.

Again thank you and I hope I win!  Should I win, may I have a PDF instead of a physical book?
1 year ago
Dr. Tuckfield,

Thank you for doing the giveaway and being here on the forum.  Looking at the books description on Amazon I'm unable to determine if your book is appropriate for a person like me.  Please let me know your thoughts.  I've wanted to learn to be a programmer since I was a kid in the 1970s.  I've tried many times and have realized I may simply lack the cognitive ability and/or intelligence to do this kind of work.  My wife of 15 years has observed as we interact with people such as repair people in our home or out in retail sales/service personnel encounters it appears to take me an inordinate amount of time to process what someone says in order to respond.  Every attempt I've made at learning to code has ended with me getting to the point of making the transition to object oriented programming.  It seems once I try to deal with polymorphism and inheritance I start to have real difficulty in understanding what I'm doing.  What stops me cold is problem solving.  It seems I have an insurmountable obstacle with this task.  Often I know I lack domain knowledge.  Of course I can't write code to solve a problem, if I don't understand the problem.  For example, a recent attempt was to create a knowledge base web application.  Of course I can Google this and likely find an example, but at that point, I'm nearly taking someone elses existing application and tweaking it to be my own.  Honestly at the moment, I've let go of the goal to change careers to be a programmer. (I'm 52 and "legally blind".  Very hard to find am employer when you have two strikes against you from the word go.)  My goal now is simply to do it for my own benefit.  So, having said all of this, might your book help me learn how to write code such that I could actually write a complete application of my original work?

Forgive my long-windedness and thank you for your time.
1 year ago

Hello.  From the Amazon description "...junior developers capable of writing basic Java code...". Please help me understand what you mean.  What do you consider basic Java?  Thank you!

Should I be chosen, may I please have an ebook copy?  My eyesight is too poor to read physical books.  Thank you!
Hello Don.  What mathematical skills must I possess to become a successful, EMPLOYABLE programmer?  I'm 51.  School was a long time ago.  Is your book a tool to help me acquire this skill?

"Who This Book Is For
Those new to programming and Java but have some background in mathematics and are at least comfortable with using a computer."

2 years ago

Thank you, Mr. Murach.

3 years ago
Hello All!

It seemed to get too complicated to try to explain via text, so I made a video.  I'm trying to solve Exercise 1 of Chapter 10, Murach's Java 5th edition.  The exercise/solution files are freely available on Murach's site https://www.murach.com/shop/murach-s-java-programming-5th-edition-detail

Thank you all so much!!!

3 years ago
Thank you!  It appears to be in order now.  I suspect this could be written more compactly.  Please bear with me, I'm very much a novice.

4 years ago