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    I'm currently trying to get into college for a Information Of Technology Software Development degree or a Computer Science Degree and the schools I'm wanting to go to require being certified in Java. I'm looking for what the best tutorials would be for a beginner with no programming experience. I know a lot of HTML and CSS, but not so much on the programming side?

    Only asking cause I keep finding a ton of sites offering training for beginners, especially from watching YouTube videos, I'm not sure which ones are good, or if they're all good. A lot of them are like 4-5 years old as well, does that matter much? Just lookin for some input as I'd hate to start off learning with bad examples.

    Also what would you say the average time would take to learn Java well enough to get certified?

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    Resources for learning Java
    - Oracle Java Tutorials (online, free)
    - Head First Java (book, not free)

    Resources for learning programming as an absolute beginner
    - Python for Informatics (pdf free, print book not free but very cheap)
    - Programming for Everybody (Python) (online course, free)

    I can't say how long it would take to become 'certified' as I have never studied for a cert. It's a personal, and cultural thing but for me certs hold little value. In a decade of professional programming in the UK I've never been asked by an employer if I have a cert and it's never held me back from getting any job. But like I say, that's my experience and will not apply to all.
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    Default Re: Best Tutorials For A Beginner?!?

    Moved from New to Java to Forum Lobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trcooke View Post
    I can't say how long it would take to become 'certified' as I have never studied for a cert. It's a personal, and cultural thing but for me certs hold little value. In a decade of professional programming in the UK I've never been asked by an employer if I have a cert and it's never held me back from getting any job. But like I say, that's my experience and will not apply to all.
    Same here. If you want to get certified, wait until you have a job and make your boss pay for it ;)
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    EDIT: I spotted this particular bit after my previous response.

    Quote Originally Posted by burton4550 View Post
    and the schools I'm wanting to go to require being certified in Java.
    Really? Wow that's the first time I hear something like that. These schools must really value your ability to be able to temporarily cram trivia into your head.

    Well then there is basically only one way to go:

    OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) (Certification Press): Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates: 9780071772006: Amazon.com: Books

    I speak from experience that there is hardly anything less complete than this to be able to get certified. Of course it still involves a great deal of personal time investment. You can't really learn programming from a book, you need to put it into practice - a lot. Over and over again until you know it all by heart and it starts to click.
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    Thanks for the replies, a lot of good info to check out.

    I guess the schools are more advanced in their curriculum which is why they require some sort of prior IT experience.
    Apparently knowing HTML and CSS isn't enough either, they need hard proof, might be better to just check out other schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    Same here. If you want to get certified, wait until you have a job and make your boss pay for it ;)
    Indeed. If my boss offered to pay for it, I'd hardly say no.

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