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    Default Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    I am a Java programmer, and a friend of mine wants to start learning programming :) I am excited for this opportunity to help him learn to program, so I want to be careful not to let him be 'turned off' by his first introduction to programming.

    I am mostly self taught, learned mostly online. However I don't remember the sources I learned the complete basics from.

    I want to forward my friend to a good tutorial in Java programming for complete beginners. The tutorial should teach the fundamentals of programming (variables, loops, if statements, etc...) and possibly later on the fundamentals of Object Oriented programming (objects, classes, etc...).

    All should be very organized and very understandable for a complete beginner to programming in general.

    Please link me to good tutorials that are for complete programming beginners, are organized and easy to understand, and are in Java. (And preferably enjoyable).

    (This is important to me because I don't want him to be 'turned off' by his first introduction to programming).
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    visit this site :
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    choose beginners and he contains more than 76 videos
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Hi,

    i am not sure if I understood your situation correctly. You already know Java so you can assist your friend. Will it be like a teaching or do you want him to do everything on his own and you are just there in case he runs into trouble?

    In my eyes it is quite hard to classify tutorials that are available on the net. Of course: Some are simply bad but if a tutorial is good for you or your friend simply depends on you and your friend. A tutorial that is great for me could be complete nonsense for you.
    So my suggestion is to simply use a search engine (e.g. google, bing, ...) to look for java tutorials. Check the first 10 - 20 hits. Then you will see what different tutorials are available (e.g. simple Java applications, Java Applets, Android Apps, ...) so you can choose what you like most (I would stay on simple java applications). And then you could check out which you like most. And it will be ok to even use 2 or 3 tutorials.

    If you plan to help your friend, then you could provide a lot of things. You could try to build up your own tutorial (that can be as simple as setting up required parts e.g. JDK, IDE, ... and then get parts of different tutorials. (This can also be quite nice for your java knowledge. Explaining things is a great thing if you really want to know stuff.)

    Regarding my person: I simply like to read books. Nothing is better than reading a book, because to publish a book the author really has to sit down and think about the whole thing and before it is printed it is checked as a whole. A tutorial is quickly build like a few blog entries. So the quality of a book is simply higher. (That is simply my experience which does not mean that tutorials are bad!)
    You could even search for free books on the net. Maybe you can find one. (So for example there are some great free german books covering Java, Linux, ... Maybe you find something like that in your language, too?)

    And a last remark: That can be a good start. But never forget practice. So maybe you have an idea what kind of application you could build together with your friend. But try to find smaller, not to complex stuff at the beginning!

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Check out the tutorials in my signature. You can decide yourself whether they would be appropriate. However, they don't teach you how to program. They primarily teach you syntax and how to use some of the API's. To learn to program and "think" like a programmer will take time and the reading of articles and other books on the subject. And lots of practice. And I agree with Konrad. A good book is worth a thousand videos. :)

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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Quote Originally Posted by jim829 View Post
    And I agree with Konrad. A good book is worth a thousand videos. :)
    ... when programming is involved anyway :) For computer or house maintenance stuff or cooking I prefer videos.

    Having knowledge and understanding of basic computer science is also pretty much a must. You can't do math without learning about numbers first, so to say.
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Shameless self-promotion: I've been writing basic tutorials here: Static Void Games - Tutorials

    You might also want to introduce your friend to Processing. It's like Java (built on top of Java actually) but made for novice programmers and artists. Much more fun to play around with for a beginner. http://processing.org/
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Hello i am just new to this forum as i am struggling to complete some work for my first year at university, i wonder if anyone could help me, if i upload my project could people give me a hand. i'm currently struggling to create a Joptionpane to add cars to a car park, i need them to enter their reg number and length and for them to be stored in the variables i have created in the superclass "Vehicle" which simple isn't working for me

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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    philmartinuk: That isn't how this works. Stop hijacking an existing thread. Start your own thread. But before you do that, check out the link in my signature on asking questions the smart way. Posting a zip to your entire project without even asking a question won't get you very far. Create an MCVE and ask a specific question in your own thread, and we'll go from there.
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Quote Originally Posted by yassin moulay View Post
    visit this site :
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    choose beginners and he contains more than 76 videos
    by Yassine Moulay
    Thank you too for the info. I was wanting to know where I could go for online class in Java, but got sarcasm instead. It looks like this should help me too, as I am a beginner in Java as well.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteknite View Post
    Thank you too for the info. I was wanting to know where I could go for online class in Java, but got sarcasm instead. It looks like this should help me too, as I am a beginner in Java as well.
    Obviously you do not know what sarcasm is, there is none in your thread. Well done showing your true colors with this uncalled for remark.
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    WhiteNight isn't the OP. I believe he's referring to this thread, which also has no sarcasm in it: Starting out & need training
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    WhiteNight isn't the OP. I believe he's referring to this thread, which also has no sarcasm in it: Starting out & need training
    I was in fact referring to that thread (its the only one mister Nice Guy ever created), only not by link ;)
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    Default Re: Looking for a Java tutorial for complete beginners.

    Hello,

    I can really recommend John Purcell's tutorials on Udemy. He takes his time to explain things and does this rather well I think. He helped me immensely!

    https://www.udemy.com/java-tutorial/...ode=a2wjl2qx#/

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