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    Hi

    I come from a delphi and C# background (plus good old Blitz basic and AMOS back on the Amiga days) and want to get into JAVA.

    I know it's probably been asked millions and millions of times before but have trouble trying to search for items less than 4 chars long i.e "IDE". So.. a few questions that I would loved answered.

    a) What's the most popular (doesn't have to be the best) IDE to use? I am guessing the Net Beans IDE.

    b) I come from a web developer and db app background but really want to stear away from that area as want something different. I am looking at games and probably mobile apps programming. I am trying to get ideas for projects to program but drawing blanks. This may be quite a loose ended question but what is java best for programming? Where does it's strengths lie? What other areas can I look at to get into the swing of JAVA?

    Thanks in advance

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    There's a sticky called "What are you using to write your code?" that may give you some insight. I use eclipse personally and love it.

    As for Java's strengths, i would look at all the built in objects that java has to offer. Java is really good with objects so i would start by making sure you understand objects and can use them well. I'm not sure if i've ever written a decent program without making some objects.

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    @ChrisBrown. lol. How did I miss that thread. I will look into objects thank for that

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    Hey Dazza,

    Welcome to the Java Forums!

    I've been to Newquay a few times. Nice down there aint it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonCash View Post
    Hey Dazza,

    Welcome to the Java Forums!

    I've been to Newquay a few times. Nice down there aint it.
    :D Sure is. Moved from the Medway towns to Cornwall and never looked back. The only thing I miss down here is snow :(. We are still 30 years behind everyone else :D

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    :) Sure is. Moved from the Medway towns to Cornwall and never looked back. The only thing I miss down here is snow :( . We are still 30 years behind everyone else :D
    Haha! I'm down again in July for a wedding. Always a good excuse for a pissup.
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    If you want to make games I would steer away from Java. In fact you probably should try to learn c++ if you can. Java is very slow compared to c++ so maybe learn Object-Oriented Programming in Java then move on to c++.
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    @DonCash. Have a good'un, Haven't been on a Piss up in Newquay for around 5 years. Use to go to Tall Trees when it was good... then it became poo. Don't know what it's like now :( Breakbeat and d'n'b nights are few and far between after that so I just gave up looking :(

    @Zosden. Thanks for the input. Looks like it's a good route for the object orientated stuff which I need to learn. Also the web applet stuff interest me alot

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    if you want an intro to Java I have started a guide please take a look at it and give me some feedback if you think its too easy or too hard or if you think something isn't explained well. I would much appreciate it if you did. My Guide
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    Zosden, sorry but Java being "much" slower than C++ is a myth from early days. Nowadays Java is maybe 6% slower than a C++ application and the HotSpot compiler can do dynamic optimization at runtime something that is impossible in C++ where the code is statically compiled and then run the same again and again.
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    Dazza,

    For an IDE i use Eclipse and I find it excellent. And the price is right - it is free.
    Regarding the best area for Java I think it is a very good language for developing server side applications.

    Coming from C# will make you feel at home with Java, but Java is a stricter language (see checked exceptions)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zosden View Post
    if you want an intro to Java I have started a guide please take a look at it and give me some feedback if you think its too easy or too hard or if you think something isn't explained well. I would much appreciate it if you did. My Guide
    Just had a look. Think you should change the background from the horrible blue etching as it's really hard on the eyes to follow what's on screen. And think you left out the intro to data types as you haven't explaining what they are first. But it's a good read.

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