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Thread: Wannabe Java Developer in NYC

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    Default Wannabe Java Developer in NYC


    I'm looking for some advice from some existing Java developers. I'm currently a Front-end Web Developer (html, CSS) but am looking for a career change. I took 2 semesters of java at a local community college, and really enjoyed it, but don't feel it was enough instruction to start a career with... we didn't even get into graphics. I'm currently looking into a professional certificate offered through the McGhee SCPS (school of continuing professional studies) division of NYU "Certificate of Java Development". Is anyone familiar with this program? The accelerated course is $4k which I'm very willing to spend, I just want to make sure it's well spent. Is anyone familiar with this program? or know of a better one? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    I dunno, it might just be me (having been a developer as long as I have) but I can think of a lot better ways to spend $4K than to pay some school for a "certificate". That will buy a lot of study materials and tools you can use to study Java with. I mean ... you could equip yourself with a good system and plenty of study materials for that same $4K.

    Once you spent a good year or two studying and working with it then perhaps you could find a vendor certification test (maybe Oracle has some?) that would cost a lot less than a full-blown course would. If you're good at self-study and really learned the material then a certification would just be icing on the cake.

    Just my 2-cents.


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    Hey Sinjin (cool name),

    I mostly agree with Max Peck. Certificates are okay and all, but I wouldn't use one as your primary education- especially one I've never heard of. Instead, go through the basic tutorials, play around with them, and see what fits into your brain and what doesn't. Then you can seek out education in the bits you struggle with.

    One way to learn is by going the traditional Java tutorial route: The Java™ Tutorials
    The Swing tutorial will get you started on graphics: Trail: Creating a GUI With JFC/Swing (The Java™ Tutorials)

    But if you know your way around a basic Java program, and you've been doing frontend web design, you might try out Processing, which is built on Java. It uses [mostly] Java syntax and gives you a GUI that a designer should have no trouble experimenting with- it's not going to teach you the more traditional stuff (layouts, Swing, etc), but it will introduce you to the basics in a fun way. Then from there you can start on the more traditional route of the Swing tutorials. That's just my $.02 though.

    Either way, feel free to ask us questions as you go!
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