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    Default finished the book...now I'm stuck :(

    hey guys,

    this is not properly a programmation problem, the problem is that I was reading a beginner book about java titled "java for dummies" (am I actually dum if I read this book? xD), alright, a good book that explain all without taking nothing for garanted, I finished it and now..i'm stuck
    the last chapter is about creating a simple window whit a button, a label and a text field in it, then it ends...what should I do? how can I insert objects in that damn window? could anyone suggest me some tutorial or another book? i know i should take lessons to learn good programming, but my school has a programmation course only in the third year and I'm about to begin the second...

    thanks in advance
    chri

    (sorry for my bad english, you english-speaking people must see so often your poor language being raped haha)

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    Default Re: finished the book...now I'm stuck :(

    Google for GUI tutorials or any other topic that will enable you to improve your programming skills. Then when you encounter a problem come back and ask a specific question.

    Possible answers to "What should I do now?"

    - Go fishing
    - play X-box
    - go to the pub/ the mall (age dependant)

    etc etc
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    Default Re: finished the book...now I'm stuck :(

    Creating a GUI With Swing (not for dummies but for people who want to learn how to use Swing)

    "For Dummies" always irritated me. Does the fact that I am not an expert on every single esoteric niche of every subject ever really make me a dummy? I'm sure the series has a lot of great info, but the title page always turns me off.
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    Default Re: finished the book...now I'm stuck :(

    While the title "for dummies" may make some uneasy, they are certainly good books. I usually pick them up as supplements for classes (for example, Calculus for dummies I read last semester). You should be considering the next book to read now (in my opinion). Try getting Head first Java, or check my signature for more recommendations. Also, consider working on some small programs. Generally gui is learned through the tutorials that awinston linked.

    Is your major computer science? If so it seems odd to not take a programming class until the third year.

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    Default Re: finished the book...now I'm stuck :(

    thanks to everyone (even to junky, who made me feel dummy xD), sunde, what do you mean by "major computer science"? I'm in a school that corresponds to the american high school, and the programming isn't valued so much...

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    Default Re: finished the book...now I'm stuck :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Chri View Post
    sunde, what do you mean by "major computer science"? I'm in a school that corresponds to the american high school, and the programming isn't valued so much...
    I can't speak for Switzerland or any other country, but here in the United States students who attend university pick a "major" to study. This major is a subject that he will take many classes about, and it usually corresponds with the career that the student wishes to have upon graduating form college. So if you wanted to have a career in the field of computer science, you would probably "major" in computer science.

    So the confusion here is that you are actually attending what we would call "high school". sunde887 thought that you are currently in university, so it seemed strange to him that you would be waiting until your 3rd year of university to start taking a class about computer science.
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