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Learning Java

  1. Apr 7, 2004 #1

    turin

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    What's the best way to learn Java. I'm trying to improve my marketability. I don't know any high level programming languages. Well, I had to take BASIC in 8th grade, back when eveyone still used Apple. I also took something called, I think, Q-BASIC? at college. I tried learning C++ or something like that, maybe Visual C++, using one of those learn-it-yourself books when I was working as an engineer, but I just couldn't do it. My main problem I think is the termonology/syntax. I just can't seem to make sense of it in the language center of my brain. I understand algorithms and flow charts, but I just don't get having to type:

    main()

    or java.lib.something_else

    or whatever.


    Then there's the compiler issue. I never quite understood that. Why bother writing the code if it isn't useful until it is compiled? Why can't you just write something *.exe to tell the computer directly what to do?

    As you can see, I'm software/programming stupid. Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
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  3. Apr 7, 2004 #2

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    Well, the "Java in a Nutshell" book by O'Reilly is quite good, but it does assume the reader has some basic programming experience.

    We can definitely help you with the details. Perhaps I should start a "Java Classroom" thread, and begin by breaking down some simple programs so they're easy to understand? What do you think?

    - Warren
     
  4. Apr 7, 2004 #3

    turin

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    Hell ya! I tried using some internet tutorials, but they were all written in poor English (or perhaps very heavy jargon).

    Will I need to get any software/hardware for my computer in order to run the programs? Could I attach them as text files to my posts and let you compile them for me and then attach the compiled result to your posts? How much support can I get from you (y'all)?
     
  5. Apr 7, 2004 #4

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    It would be easier for you to compile and run them yourself! :smile: Hold on, I'm making a new thread.

    - Warren
     
  6. Apr 7, 2004 #5

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