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    Default Recommendations on best places/resources to learn Java?

    I really like Java. However, I feel like I do not truly understand it, rather memorize it. I feel that it is essential to be able to understand it. Does anyone recommend any good place/resource to learn Java? Thank you!


    On an offnote, for the sake of thread-economy, what in the world are parameters/arguments in a method? Are they the things you feed the method to get an output?

    Thank you all!

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    Default Re: Recommendations on best places/resources to learn Java?

    The best advice I can give you is to practice. You don't learn how to program by reading a book or tutorials. You learn how to program by programming.

    That being said, you have to understand the basics before you can really do anything. Recommended reading: Lesson: Classes and Objects (The Java Tutorials > Learning the Java Language)
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    Default Re: Recommendations on best places/resources to learn Java?

    Can't agree more. Practice practice practice and please: get a good beginner book to use as a backup for when you DO forget certain things.

    IMO first comes understanding, then comes the memorizing bit (which will be a lot simpler at that point). If you memorize before you understand, you might actually end up having to recover from broken knowledge.
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    You also might consider starting with something like Processing, which is like Java but more friendly for novices. There are some tutorials that take you from Processing to Java in the link in my signature to Static Void Games if you want to check it out.
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    Default Re: Recommendations on best places/resources to learn Java?

    Quote Originally Posted by MW130 View Post
    On an offnote, for the sake of thread-economy, what in the world are parameters/arguments in a method? Are they the things you feed the method to get an output?
    Some folks use the terms interchangeably but for me, arguments are what you pass to methods. Method signatures define the parameters you pass. And within the method, I refer to the passed information as "arguments." And they are indeed information passed to a method which contribute to some task being performed.

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    Default Re: Recommendations on best places/resources to learn Java?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim829 View Post
    Some folks use the terms interchangeably but for me, arguments are what you pass to methods.
    I think that's the terminology difference between functional programming and object oriented programming. At least when I was doing Pascal / C books tended to refer to function parameters and when I started to learn C++ and later Java books referred to method arguments.

    But that may just be a wrong observation on my part.
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