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    Default Best way to learn Java?

    I'm a computer science student and my school has a pretty heavy focus on Java. I'd like to get a leg up on my classes by learning more than what may be taught, so what would all of you say is the best way to learn outside the classroom?

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    Practice.

    Create a project that you find interesting or find one that you would like to contribute to.

    Sourceforge is a great place to look for existing projects

    If you want to excel in computer science in general (and not just Java), I would check out this article.

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    My suggestion is to pick a small project that would be fun for you. Like a tic-tac-toe game or a blackjack game, so that you have a goal and something that you use to apply what you read in books, from the web, and from your classes.

    I would also suggest installing an IDE like Netbeans or Eclipse.

    While i was going through college i also worked on a monopoly game. I remember in a number of classes thinking during the lecture "ahh... i should have done it that way" and i would go home and rewrite a portion of the game from what i learned in lecture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beans View Post
    Practice.

    Create a project that you find interesting or find one that you would like to contribute to.

    If you want to excel in computer science in general (and not just Java), I would check out this article.
    Sourceforge looks pretty sweet, I'll register there for sure. Thanks for pointing me towards it!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmatt1111 View Post
    My suggestion is to pick a small project that would be fun for you. Like a tic-tac-toe game or a blackjack game, so that you have a goal and something that you use to apply what you read in books, from the web, and from your classes.

    I would also suggest installing an IDE like Netbeans or Eclipse.

    While i was going through college i also worked on a monopoly game. I remember in a number of classes thinking during the lecture "ahh... i should have done it that way" and i would go home and rewrite a portion of the game from what i learned in lecture.
    For what I've done so far it's all been in Eclipse, and on the topic of games I made connect four game but there's a bug in it somewhere that I haven't been able to find yet.

    Thanks for both of your input!

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    Default Re: Best way to learn Java?

    Seriously?!?
    There are school kids older younger than this thread (Just)!

    Regards.

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    @Ronin: I banned that silly spammer and its replies are all lost for the posterity.

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