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    Default Starting out & need training

    Hello,
    I am a long haul truck driver, but I want to learn Java. I've read & studied books on the subject. Most recently: "Sam's Teach Yourself Java in 24 hours." The biggest problem with this is when I have a question or problem with something, I can't just call on someone via e mail or message board without feeling overwhelmed & lost.
    Because of this, I feel I need a formal class instruction. One that will not only give me at least the basics, but also a certification of completion.
    Can anyone recommend an inexpensive online Java course that will teach me from the ground up what I need to know to tackle a project I've been wanting to take on? I took a few courses in HTML, CSS at my local community college a while back when I took a break from truck driving.

    I can't afford to be doing that all the time though.
    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: Starting out & need training

    This forum can't act as an online teacher; you can ask specific questions here and we'll try to help you with your problem; maybe, for starters, you can try to work yourself through the Sun/Oracle tutorials: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/; don't think too much of those certifications; they're mostly popular in India etc. Best of luck (and welcome to the forums).

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    Default Re: Starting out & need training

    There are also no courses that teach you how to do a specific project; the best you can do is master computer science (that is not Java related yet vitally important) and then the language and platform and experience must do the rest. don't expect to be able to do -your- particular idea right away, start with smaller projects.
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    Default Re: Starting out & need training

    I think you misunderstood my question. I DID NOT ask for anyone on here to teach me java. What I said was: "Can anyone recommend an inexpensive online Java course that will teach me from the ground up what I need to know to tackle a project I've been wanting to take on?"
    That was my question.
    In the future, please read the entire post before jumping to conclusions.
    And after reading your response, I'm not so sure I want to stay here and put up with responses like that!

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    I fear that your request was simply a request where at least I have no idea how I could help you. Jos and Gimbal just tried to help you a little bit even if they couldn't help you with your main problem.

    But there was no sarcasm in my eyes. Both are really wanting to help and you can be sure that they can think of better stuff to do in their spare time than to bother others in here. Their intention is really simply to help you.

    What makes your request that hard?
    - first online Training is something that we never used so far.
    - I doubt that it will make so much sense

    In Germany we have a lot of inexpensive courses of the so called Volkshochschule. Something like that would make sense because you get in touch with real people and you sit together with them. But such an information is not helpful if you are not located in Germany.

    So right now I would suggest to stick to books. But please: ignore this 24h or 7 days or whatever time they suggest! Such a timeline is simply mad!
    But go through a chapter and then think about possible applications! Build something on your own. THAT gives you experience and that way you learn something.
    If your book does not give you ideas what you could do and you have no ideas: look for a better book!
    And then you might find this forum very useful: when you run into trouble, then we can help out. Just post details what you read, what you tried, the code and also the problem details.
    Or look out for assignments others got. You can find a lot in this forum. And again: we could help if you run into trouble.

    I am glad that you found these videos linked in the other thread useful. In my eyes books are much better but your view is important here.

    I hope I was able to give you some information about learning Java and this forum. You are welcome here even if your first experience seems to be not a positive one.

    Konrad

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    Default Re: Starting out & need training

    @Whiteknite

    There is no sarcasm in this thread whatsoever. I can't understand your reaction, it is inexplicable.
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