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    Hey there!
    A quick introduction. I decided to learn more about computers so I could have some idea of what my developer boyfriend talks about. Turns out I rather enjoy it myself and have made a goal to learn Java, so here I am! Thought this forum would be a great resource.


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    Welcome. Hope you enjoy it here.
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    Welcome! We need more of the fairer sex around here.

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    Thank you for the warm welcomes!
    I'm currently learning from various free online tutorials. Though helpful, they jump around quite a bit and I feel a book or two might help me learn in a more linear (and hopefully more productive) fashion. Unfortunately the only used Java books I can find are for Java 2. Will the fact that they are older editions completely throw me off, or is it worth picking one up?
    I'm hoping it's ok to ask my rather silly questions here, rather than spamming another section of the forum.

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    This book has had some recommendations. It used to be a free download:
    Bruce Eckel's Thinking in Java
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    I like this one too. Read every chapter, type out every example, and do every exercise until you've gotten them right and understand them. I recommend doing the chapters in order and don't start jumping around to the sexy stuff until you complete at least Chapter 10. All source code is available for download, but come here anytime you need help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razzmic View Post
    I decided to learn more about computers so I could have some idea of what my developer boyfriend talks about. Turns out I rather enjoy it myself and have made a goal to learn Java, so here I am!
    Tell your boyfriend you're a keeper.

    Java is backwards compatible, which means that the code you write in Java 2 will work in Java 5, 6, 7, 8, or 100. It wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up a newer book, as quite a few things have been introduced that will make your life a little easier than Java 2 was.

    Also, you might want to check out Processing, which is like Java but a little more friendly for novices (and a little more on the artistic side). The link in my signature to Static Void Games has some tutorials I wrote that go from Processing to Java, so those might help you out too.

    Good luck, and welcome to programming!
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    Thank you for all the great advice! I'm almost done the first chapter of the book that GregBannon posted. There is a whole lot of terms I need to get a better grasp of, so I have a feeling I'll be referring back to that chapter (and Google, oh how wonderful Google is) quite often. I look forward to checking out the other suggestions.

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