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    Default Getting my feet wet (looking for a mentor as well)

    Im new to Java but, it is CRUCIAL i learn it and fast. i have the drive of 10 men because the project i am working on is by far the greatest opportunity i will ever have in my life. If anyone can point me in a good direction of :

    * Some Android Apps written in Java that i could backwards engineer
    *Some good tutorials or videos , analogy explanations of how java works, what the process order is ect.... anything to help someone whos never done any of this understand.
    *A mentor that would be fine with me picking there brain and working with me through some basic training.
    *Some good links

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    Have you read the The Java™ Tutorials? It's an excelent starting point to learn Java, and has MANY examples for you to look at and break apant.

    As for a mentor, why would you want just one person to pick the brain of when you have such a large community of people on this forum (and other forums). That's why forums exist - for people to talk about a common idea, ask for assistance, give advice, and ultimately learn form each other's experience.
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    thank you, very much and while i will still use the forum, a mentor is good because of the rapid response. My learning is seriously handicaped that in the time it may take someone to respond to 1 question on a forum i could of asked 10 on aim and got a really good understanding. If i post it means that i was "in the learning zone" so to speak and theres a good chance that by the time someone responds my mind will be in different places , i will not have as good of follow up q's and it will not be fresh in my head anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fresh83 View Post
    thank you, very much and while i will still use the forum, a mentor is good because of the rapid response. My learning is seriously handicaped that in the time it may take someone to respond to 1 question on a forum i could of asked 10 on aim and got a really good understanding. If i post it means that i was "in the learning zone" so to speak and theres a good chance that by the time someone responds my mind will be in different places , i will not have as good of follow up q's and it will not be fresh in my head anymore.
    Then, that sounds like your first task you need to work on, you don't multi-task well. That, and you "space out".

    From what I can tell, you're a very spontaneous person, which means that you should focus on learning how to focus. The inability to "be in game mode" by the time that someone responds suggests that you can't do multiple tasks at once. As a programmer, fluidity is a useful trait and one that I would suggest you train yourself in.


    I had this problem when I left high school. I'm a planner, so not spontaneous, but in high school I was very arrogant and got bored easy, so I didn't care to focus. I spent my first year of college training my mind to strengthen my ability to focus.

    How I got past my inability to focus is that I would intentionally keep my mind busy, always thinking of something. For me, to keep my mind always in "game mode", I did just that (I have a very simple minded personality), I kept my mind busy in thought so that I was always thinking.

    From there, I learned how to multi-task - it does no good having an active mind if you're off-topic. For me, multi-tasking required me to learn how to keep everything in order. Now, I'm not a neat person, by far, but the thoughts in my mind are in order (and I tend to keep a decent amount of order in the physical world as well).
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    Im a bit of what you described above but, im more or less just to busy. Im 19 years old and was given $30,000 to develop a idea i patented with the potential of up to 2 million in funding based on student interest in my project , im juggling lawyers and business plans, advertising , coding , designing and managing .

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    To get you up and running fastest, you may wish to either take a course, or if you can afford it (and from above, it seems you can :)), hire a tutor. There's no substitute for one-on-one teaching. This seems to be what you are really looking for, though you may call it "mentor". Best of luck.

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    The money is for patents, lawyers and advertising right now idk if they will approve that but, they should ill look into it . Where could i even find a tutor like that?
    I dont have time for a course really.
    Im using these tuts for now called "Eclipse/Java for complete beginners.



    from there based on that i am learning to write a mobile app, what tutorials around here would be useful to me or where should i start?

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    The best overall tutorials for general Java coding are the Sun tutorials. Google will find these for you quickly. I don't know of the "best" for mobile apps, but Google will likely find you decent candidates. Again, much luck.

    Edit: Did a google check right now. This guy looks promising: http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2005/02/09/j2me1.html
    as does this guy: http://developers.sun.com/mobility/m...cles/wtoolkit/
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    You said you're interested in Android apps specifically? I messed around with that for a few weeks before school and work took over all my time. Try Board :: anddev.org - Android Development Community | Android Tutorials or Android Developers and join the google groups for Android Developers, Android Beginners, and Android discussion. You'll find important info there regarding things like an updated API that makes some code you previously wrote completely broken and different hardware specs for what your code needs to do.

    If you're not under some silence clause or mind sharing what's your project about? Just a basic idea should be fine if you're uncomfortable giving out too many details. You mentioned it was based on student interest and I'm currently a full time college student and a full time employee for an international company working as a developer so I may be your targeted audience.
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    thank you!!!! im learning pretty fast now.
    and you our are target audience but, this is a BIG project and i am the founder.
    I would love to talk to you and possibly consult you as the project develops if youd like to sign a nda and send it in the mail. If not as soon as we release i will make sure to let you know .

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