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Learning Java

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I want to learn to program using Java.  I did some online tutorials just writing code in Notepad. Am also reading a book.  I'm trying to get my home computer set up and am having a hard time even knowing what to download.  There's so much information that it's overwhelming.  I can't even tell which version I should be using. Can someone point me to, or tell me,  a good starting point?

RE: Learning Java

hi Palmyra,

Welcome Aboard

I want suggest something:

1) Download Eclipse:
although you have something other to learn,
for a beginner, it is very useful have "someone" that:
suggests how to complete a statement,
which class members you can refere in that point for the  current object,
have directely the signaling about syntax/compile error.
(Eclipse is what I use, there are also other development tools)

2) have a goal:
Java (just core) is incredibly wide, respect other languages I knew. I read in your profile that you "surf" in DB area:
start here using JDBC to access to DB that you know.

3) begin with no graphic output:
Write the output of your DB queries on stdout.
Later choose one of the graph environment: AWT or SWT or SWING

4) continue to study about inheritance and polymorphism:
but ignore it, now, writing programs.
When Java will be for you more friendly,
you could appreciate their powerful.

5) remain now inside Eclipse:
later you can export the same program, with external library
if used, to pack it in a JAR, and launch it from win/linux command line.

.....

however we are here !

ciao
vittorio

 

RE: Learning Java

Assuming Windows, take a look at this

Cheers,
Dian

RE: Learning Java

(OP)
Thank you both for responding and for the info.  I'll take your advice!

RE: Learning Java

I jumped into Java using the "Head First Java" book from O'reilly. It was very nice for beginners. They teach you the basics using non-gui java programming. I found it difficult to use Eclipse because not only are you overwhelmed with a new language, but a new program as well.

Now I use NetBeans instead of Eclipse. Bother are great! I just found the NetBeans IDE easier to use.

Good luck!

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