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Postby JasonG-p40 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:22 pm

Particularly concerning Java.

I have seen a large number of posts here mention Java and some of the many benefits to using it.

While I do have a degree in computer programming, the class that I took in Java consisted of the teacher telling us to read a chapter, and then spending the rest of the day telling us where he liked to go skiing in Colorado. After a few months and a large number of complaints, that teacher was no longer with us. But, they didn't want to change our graduation dates or make us pay for the class again, or anything else of that nature, so they just gave everyone a B and dropped the class.

So, my knowledge of Java goes about as far as knowing that Java and JavaScript aren't the same thing. And that's about it.

What's the reason for this post then? I want to know about Java!

Where should I start for learning how to use it? What resources (online, books, whatever) have you found to be the most helpful in learning and/or useing Java?
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Postby WelchTC » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:19 pm

I'd go to your nearest book start and buy a book on learning java. There are tons of them. Review the chapter headings to see if it covers the types of things you want. I don't have a specific book in mind as most of my books are a few years old and out of print. However there are a ton of them and I'm sure many are very good.

Also, if you want online resources, here is one from Sun. http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/

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Postby Cary-p40 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:28 pm

I agree with Tom, get a book and start studying the technology. There is a mountain of information about the many java technologies, both those included in the native stack and those that are add-ons.

I think a good place to start is the Java EE 5 tutorial, it includes the latest and greatest on enterprise java.

http://java.sun.com/javaee/5/docs/tutorial/doc/

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Postby thedqs » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:45 am

The web is full of resources but it depends on how much of a programmer you are and what languages you are comfortable with. If you've done work in C++, or C# I think it will be very easy for you to pick up Java from an intermediate book or Sun's website API. If you are a beginner (and from what I can tell you are not, but others that read this post might be) use the Java tutorial and try out the demo apps. A intro to Java book would be great for the beginner too.
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Postby sochsner » Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:15 am

Thank you for sharing! Is there any software that I need to write or compile the script in?

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Postby mkmurray » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:47 pm

Java is not like Javascript at all. It is very much like C++ and probably closer to C#. It is an object-oriented programming language, not script-like at all. You do need a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to run Java code, and as a developer, you need the Java Development Kit (JDK). Many people here would probably suggest Eclipse or NetBeans as IDE's.

Here's a link about getting started; hope it is helpful.

http://java.sun.com/developer/onlineTraining/new2java/

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Postby JasonG-p40 » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:28 pm

thedqs wrote:The web is full of resources but it depends on how much of a programmer you are and what languages you are comfortable with. If you've done work in C++, or C# I think it will be very easy for you to pick up Java from an intermediate book or Sun's website API. If you are a beginner (and from what I can tell you are not, but others that read this post might be) use the Java tutorial and try out the demo apps. A intro to Java book would be great for the beginner too.


I have done some work with C++, but not very much in the last 2 years or so, and I've never done anything with C#. Visual Basic is my language of focus, but I'm starting to get a little tired of it, and I'm ready to get into something a little more useful.

I appreciate the advice and the links, guys. I'll dig through them as soon as I get the chance to do so and can get the JRE/JDK on my machine.
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Postby thedqs » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:17 am

Also try to get one one of the projects that are starting to form up. Then you can see actual code and maybe help a little, the best way to learn is by doing. :)
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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:04 am

I agree with the previous posts. A good Java book, especially one that prepares you for certification, is the best route to take for starting out. Below are a few web sites I've appreciated over the years. Many have tutorials and discussions on different aspects of theory and technology.

java.net - http://www.java.net/
Javalobby - http://www.javalobby.org/
JavaRanch (a friendly place for Java greenhorns) - http://www.javaranch.com/
jGuru - http://www.jguru.com/
TheServerSide - http://www.theserverside.com/

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Postby JasonG-p40 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:58 pm

Cool!

Thanks, BHofmann!
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