New to Java...where do I begin?
As the title suggests I am noob programmer. Trying to learn Java through Netbean because everyone says it is easy and then I'd like to PHP. For learning I've been doing exercises from "Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 hours." Problem is most of the stuff I read I have hard retaining it. Its like it doesn't make much sense as well doing the exercises. I understand it'll take time to get to my head.
In any case, I'm throwing this question out to everybody reading this. How did you all begin with programming and what steps do you remember learning Java and so forth. Right now theres just way too much information and too many branches of Java for me to even know where to begin. In the future I'd love to be a certified Java programmer. I'm 25 but thats what I would like to do. Please any hints, suggestions, and advice would be wonderful.