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    Was wondering if there was anyone out there that may want to help break down the concept of Java Programming. I'm having trouble learning from the Sun Certified Programming for Java 6 study guide and Lesson: The Java Technology Phenomenon (The Java™ Tutorials > Getting Started) isnt exactly that much better for me. I'm super interested in learning java but i feel that these resources arent giving me what I need to learn the language.

    They say that Java is one of the easiest languages to learn yet I'm having such a hard time which is making me feel not so smart. I want to learn this. Do you have any tips? Anything that will help me? Think about teaching a kid something relatively simple. It needs to be broken down so they'll understand... Thats me!

    Unfortunately I'm barely making it by so school is almost out of the question. Its just something I cant afford and desperately wish I could. I'd like a future in this field so if there's anyone who could help me I'd be so grateful!

    Thanks everyone!


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    Default Re: Java Beginner Here!

    practice and experience are your two best friends in learning how to program

    Go through the examples (compile them and run them), then try to see if you can figure out what the code is doing. If you don't know, ask here and we'll do our best to answer your questions. Then (in my opinion, the most important step) try and see if you can figure out a situation (likely multiple situations) that the topic could be applied to solve the problem.

    Once you've got basic Java syntax down, try learning about data structures and simple algorithms. These are generally non langauge dependent, and will be useful in your programming career regardless of what language you are using.

    Good luck on learning Java, and feel free to ask any questions you have here. Also, google (or whatever search engine you prefer) is going to become your best friend

    ps. Java is an easy language to learn comparatively, there are a few simpler ones but I think they either aren't very powerful languages, or try to reinforce quick development over robustness, i.e. they can make you a lousy programmer/computer scientist.

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    Default Re: Java Beginner Here!

    Hello and welcome j3nn42o. I believe I did send you a reply on Facebook the other day. I also agree with helloworld, you have to play around and see what you can do, change little things and then do it over and over until you understand what is happening, if you still cant get to grips with it, post some code on these forums and ask your question, there are plenty of talented people here who are willing to answer any questions you give them.

    I think I also linked you The Really Big Index which is a brilliant starting guide and it covers most things step by step. Have a look through it and see what you make of it.

    // Json

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    I have to agree with helloworld the best way to learn is do. Don't just read example look at them running you've got to get your hands dirty change the code around a bit see what happens. And once you've got a general idea of things try to build stuff from scratch and see how you do.

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    Practice, practice and then practice some more. Use the manual as a guide if you don't understand things. And when you really cant figure it out, we're right here

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    Thanks everyone for your responses! I will make sure to try all of the above. I look forward to posting questions

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    Does anyone actually have some fairly simple code they can post so that i can just mess around with it and try to figure out how it works?

    Thanks!

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    something a little more than the HelloWorld app please. it only gives me a 3 lines of code so i was hoping something with a little more. i've done this app several times. thanks!

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    I think the java trails have lots of code you can play around with.
    Here: The Java™ Tutorials

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    Java is the rich and powerful language after C++ with complete programming concepts from beginning to advanced levels. You can learn by simple test applications like “Hello world” write, program and compile it.

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