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Thread: New to Java, any advice?

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    Default New to Java, any advice?

    Hi I am new to Java Programming, like completely new without any programming experience of anything whatsoever.

    So, what did you guys feel when you were first learning, when did it start clicking, when did you know you were understanding what you were doing, and how long did it take, what recommendations do you have for a new starter like me and what should I do right now to better myself, what should I do to practice it (specifically)?

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    Default Re: New to Java, any advice?

    Hi and welcome to the forums

    It is a difficult question to answer because everyone learns at a different
    pace to other people, and uses different resources. What I can say, is choosing
    Java as a first language is a great idea and well done for picking it. It is a
    high-level, managed language that is used everywhere - from desktop
    applications, to web applets to washing machines

    Best advice I can give you is find a good Java book or an online tutorial
    (the ones on this site are great) - and start coding. You will however,
    need to get Java installed on your computer, and then install an IDE
    which allows you to write and compile/run your Java source code.
    Eclipse is a very good one - especially for beginners, there is also
    BlueJ, Netbeans and Intelli J (the community edition is now free).

    If you need help or have questions, this is the forum to ask. Best
    of luck to you.

    Wishes Ada xx
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    "The Analytical Engine offers a new, a vast, and a powerful language . . .
    for the purposes of mankind
    Augusta Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace (1851)

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    Default Re: New to Java, any advice?

    After 100s of hours of study and almost as many (probably more) programs written. Understanding comes in stages: basics, object-oriented, graphics, GUI, etc.; likely in different orders to different folks. Achieving Java or any programming total consciousness does not just happen all at once. It is gained over a loooong time of study and practice, and no one can tell anyone else how long or how much study it will take them.

    Study . . . practice . . . repeat.

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