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    briggsy87 is offline Member
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    Default New to Java looking for Locals

    Hi all, i have been working in IT for a number of years now and majority of it has been web development. I have programming experience but none yet in Java, with my love for all things Android i decided that i would love to learn java and im looking for a great place to start and maybe some local Java guru's that i could befriend (none of my friends are technical in nature, it's kind of frustrating).

    Anyways, i live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (just outside Toronto) if anyone lives nearby give me a shout i am always looking to meet new people. For those who do not live near by maybe you could shout out your favorite/most recommended beginning Java book (sorry if you have answered this tons of times in the past).

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    Default Re: New to Java looking for Locals

    Lot's of views, i guess there were no locals... but did none of you have any recommendations as to where to begin my adventure into Java?

    Surely, some of you must have had favourite books of your own that would help someone like me, who would be classified as a beginner to intermediate when it comes to OOP.

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    Default Re: New to Java looking for Locals

    Oracle's Tutorial is quite comprehensive. But, although it attempts to begin from a "HelloWorld" starting point, it doesn't really manage to explain what programming is in a way that would be easily comprehensible to the average person on the street. If you are happy in a general sort of a way with "curly bracket languages" (for want of a better name) then it might be worth having a close look. You will soon discover in what ways Java differs from PHP, for instance.

    Android Developers is the place to go to for Android development. But familiarity with Java will be necessary to make use of it.

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    A bit of a rant follows...

    The Android Developers site is a perpetual site-in-progress. I'm coming to see the lack of anything as comprehensive as Oracle's Tutorial as another part of the fall out in the unholy war between ios and android for market share. Basically if something doesn't contribute directly to sales of the very latest device it's not given priority. Other casualties include putting real engineering effort into forward compatibility so that 98% of the market isn't perpetually stuck with something that from a software point of view is obsolescent. And a decent window manager - my tablet has a bigger screen than my first desktop desktop, yet I'm stuck with one "app" visible at a time (plus a baroque array of notification and navigation mechanisms.)

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