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    Default Hello! and I need help. I dont know were to start

    Hi I just signed up for this forum after looking around for some java forums

    Ok so here is a little background about me... I do web design. I know how to use photoshop very well and know HTML and CSS very well. I also know how to do 3D modelling pretty well. The way i learned all this was from doing tutorials. That was what gave me the head start.

    The problem is that when it comes to programming I have no idea. I want to start to learn but I have no idea were to start from. The reason is that I cant find any good tutorials for Java. I learned HTML, CSS, and 3D graphics by doing big tutorials that explained alot. But I cant find that for programming.

    What do I do? Were do I start? Any good tutorials?

    Yea and btw I got the Net beans 6.0 for my java. Is that the best?

    Thanks please answer my questions I really want to start learning programming!

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    One website that can help you best is the Java official tutorials, you can find it in this link The Java™ Tutorials.

    About the IDE that you have, Netbeans, it's a good tool for programming in Java.

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    thanks ill go check that out.

    How did you start learning though?

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    I recall that the first time a learn Java is from an interactive Java CD from Deitel & Deitel years ago. That was the first source that I use to learn Java. Next I started the Java tutorials and read some books from the standard JSE to JEE. Created some small projects, join Java forums to discuss my problems.

    It's a lot of fun learning the Java programming. :)

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    Hello Fall0ut

    The best way to learn a language is to get a book about it and read it through. As you read the book, write small programs with the newly learned code. Keep doing this until you reached your goal. I know that some books can get very boring as they take long to get to the good stuff (like Swing :p) but, in the end, the boring stuff is always needed. Then, when you are done reading the book, you can join a forum, as you did, and then start a large project. I like to write games since they are a great challenge. Games test your programming and analytical skills, which makes a good programmer. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    Hello Fall0ut

    The best way to learn a language is to get a book about it and read it through. As you read the book, write small programs with the newly learned code. Keep doing this until you reached your goal. I know that some books can get very boring as they take long to get to the good stuff (like Swing :p) but, in the end, the boring stuff is always needed. Then, when you are done reading the book, you can join a forum, as you did, and then start a large project. I like to write games since they are a great challenge. Games test your programming and analytical skills, which makes a good programmer. ;)

    Tim gives some great advice here FallOut, and I always recommend Head First Java. Best of luck and see you around!
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    Thanks for clearing some stuff up :D

    Any other great books for a beginner?

    Oh yea and what is a terminal used for and what is a good one i should get?

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    Fallout i started with Java The Complete Reference, After couple of GWBASIC classes in school. Any book will do it's all depends on how much caffeine you want. Captain's suggestion is the good one.

    Looking forward for your HelloWorlds with mighty mighty Java.
    dont worry newbie, we got you covered.

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    I recommend Java Concepts (4th Edition) by Cay Horstmann. It's a very good book. It will help you right from the beginning and turn you into a programmer (that is of course if you have the patience and motivation =])

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fall0ut View Post
    Hi I just signed up for this forum after looking around for some java forums

    Ok so here is a little background about me... I do web design. I know how to use photoshop very well and know HTML and CSS very well. I also know how to do 3D modelling pretty well. The way i learned all this was from doing tutorials. That was what gave me the head start.

    The problem is that when it comes to programming I have no idea. I want to start to learn but I have no idea were to start from. The reason is that I cant find any good tutorials for Java. I learned HTML, CSS, and 3D graphics by doing big tutorials that explained alot. But I cant find that for programming.

    What do I do? Were do I start? Any good tutorials?

    Yea and btw I got the Net beans 6.0 for my java. Is that the best?

    Thanks please answer my questions I really want to start learning programming!
    Ok first and foremost. I dont mean to put you off in any way. From personal experience, Java is not the ideal programming language for beginners. C/C++ is your best bet to start from. If you can burn the concepts of OO into the consciousness of your second nature, you will find the transition from C/C++ to Java alot smoother. However you do what makes you feel comfortable. If you are going to play with java then I strongly recommend Eclipse as a better IDE than netbeans. I also came across this which is a programmers gold mine: Programming tutorials and source code examples

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    Quote Originally Posted by coyne20 View Post
    Ok first and foremost. I dont mean to put you off in any way. From personal experience, Java is not the ideal programming language for beginners. C/C++ is your best bet to start from. If you can burn the concepts of OO into the consciousness of your second nature, you will find the transition from C/C++ to Java alot smoother. However you do what makes you feel comfortable. If you are going to play with java then I strongly recommend Eclipse as a better IDE than netbeans. I also came across this which is a programmers gold mine: Programming tutorials and source code examples
    One other thing that I forgot. If you decide to buy a book on java programming then go for: Java: How to Program 4th edition by deitel and deitel. Alot of programming books place more emphasis on theory. This book is the opposite in that it gives to you alot of hardcore practical coding experience with tonnes of exercises.

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