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    What are the things I should know already to start learning Java? What is the best place to start exploring the power of Java?

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    Hmm, i guess you should know basics of programming. If you did not learn basic programming before, i think having a friend or teacher will help you to pass initial obstacles in your road. Since you are not aware of programming, everything might look strange at that stage.

    If you have basic programming, object-oriented-programming might be difficult for you to understand. Most of the Java books has some introduction section for object-oriented programming. That might be enough but if you are having difficulty then you can have another book for object-oriented programming to help you.

    Other than these, having a couple of books, reading them and developing projects or contributing existing projects are needed. In addition to these, you can ask problems you have faced with to us. We will try to answer your questions..

    And after a point, you will see that you are solving your problems yourself in Java.

    If you are already an experienced programmer in another language, then just buy a good book and learn it :).

    Here is a good book i suggest:

    Amazon.com: Head First Java, 2nd Edition: Books: Kathy Sierra,Bert Bates

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    Hi there

    I have also just started to learn and explore the world of Java.
    Sadly i have to do self study as i have no time after work to go to classes.
    But i have found the Dummies Guide for Java and Java2, it's realy great as it shows you the basic's so you can get a understanding of the concept of Java.

    Hope it helps.

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    5.5 years too late, pj6444.
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    Ohh since we're necromancing zombies, I'll throw in some shameless self-promotion: check out StaticVoidGames.com too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhHein View Post
    5.5 years too late, pj6444.
    make that 6.5 years ...

    kind regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    Ohh since we're necromancing zombies, I'll throw in some shameless self-promotion: check out StaticVoidGames.com too!
    You have it in your sig! The shameless self promotion is in ALL posts you make, not just the necros ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    You have it in your sig! The shameless self promotion is in ALL posts you make, not just the necros ;)
    Yeeaah but nobody pays attention to signatures. I need to make a giant sparkling gif to put in all my posts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JosAH View Post
    make that 6.5 years ...

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    Amidst all that discussion no one remembered to close the thread. :)

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    Default Re: How to start learning Java

    Quote Originally Posted by PhHein View Post
    I'm mentally still in 2013. Might get better in a few days.
    That might be because you keep hanging around in the OTN forums where everything is just silent, calm and unchanging like it was in 2013.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    That might be because you keep hanging around in the OTN forums where everything is just silent, calm and unchanging like it was in 2013.
    The Java section is dead, but I'm moderating all areas of the OTN and somne of them are really busy :)
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