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    Default Anyone willing to help me with Java basics?

    Hey everyone, I'm a taking a course that's entirely in Java and I feel that I'm not strong enough in Java at the moment to do my best work. I'm basically looking for someone who has any IM client (if I don't have the one you prefer, I'll get it) that is willing to answer my dumb Java questions. I feel like I was never adequately taught the basics and it's hard for me to work on more complicated projects without a solid understanding of beginner's Java.

    Thanks in advance,
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    Take a good look at this tutorial:

    Eclipse and Java for Total Beginners

    It's a few years old, and Eclipse has changed a bit, but it's still a great nuts-and-bolts introduction to Java and Eclipse. The emphasis is on typing in and running simple, working code. It's about four hours of video, and you'll come away from it with a solid command of the basics.

    After that, you can work through the Oracle Java tutorials. They're slower and more deliberate and thorough, but they're worth the time.

    -Gary-

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    Ask your questions here and you will get more than one person willing to offer excelelnt advice. Plus it will remain on record for others to search for and read.

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    I'm not a total beginner. I'm a 3rd year Computer Science major but I switched over from a Math major a year ago. I've taken the intro Java course (Data Structures) and I'm in the next level course now (Software Design and Development). I know a few things based on what I've needed to know to get by but I feel my education up to this point has been less than adequate for what I'll need to know in the future.

    Here's question one:
    I just wrote a hangman game as a way to better learn Swing. I got it all working with buttons for each letter. Now I want to now add KeyListeners so that pressing "A" on the keyboard is the same as clicking the "A" button. I really have no idea how to do this. I'm sure you guys would have to know more about my project to help me though.

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    Google key bindings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junky View Post
    Google key bindings.
    Alright thanks. I'll look into it. I've tried using the Oracle Java Tutorials but I feel like I don't learn well that way. My focus right now is improving my Swing skills because it seems pretty important in order to interact with programs.

    Is there an area of this site to find/hire someone willing to tutor me in Java basics?

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    i sent you a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketz View Post
    ...I've tried using the Oracle Java Tutorials but I feel like I don't learn well that way....
    None of us are good at learning from the tutorials to start with, but as with any learned skill it gets better with practice. I advise you to continue to hit the tutorials long, hard and intensely, and you will quickly get better at learning from them, promise.


    My focus right now is improving my Swing skills because it seems pretty important in order to interact with programs.

    Is there an area of this site to find/hire someone willing to tutor me in Java basics?
    IMHO, If you truly need a tutor, you're much better off finding one locally, one you can talk to face to face.

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