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    Default Learning Java looking for Projects/Tests

    So this weekend I started learning Java (for a little while now I've been mulling it over and I thought I'd give it a shot, I used to know Python in college and I currently use SAS on a daily basis [not that SAS is super applicable other than just knowing logic etc.]).

    Anyway I've been using Lynda.com for my tutorials and stuff and it seems pretty good (I think I'm learning a lot) but what I've noticed is there's nothing there to challenge me (to my knowledge). It's basically someone explaining different classes, variables, etc. and making small programs to utilize them but there's no "try making a program that does this."

    Does anyone have a website, book, or suggestions for small/medium sized programs I can try to do to test myself? (If I can't do them now I can put it on the back-burner for later, so don't worry if it's too hard initially).

    Any assistance/suggestions are appreciated.

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    Default Re: Learning Java looking for Projects/Tests

    The trouble with learning the bare basics is that you don't have enough overall knowledge yet to make anything more serious than silly 'hello world' type test programs. When you have learned the basics of classes (attributes, methods, creating objects, working with references, etc.) and know to work with some basic JDK classes then you'll be in a good position to do a more interesting example program.

    Like this:

    http://www.java-forums.org/new-java/...tml#post363721

    People like the book "Head First Java 2nd edition" because it teaches through puzzles and games, it may be something for you. Its a bit dated but it is "new enough" for the information in it to still be relevant today.
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    Default Re: Learning Java looking for Projects/Tests

    I've seen it referenced before but wasn't sure it was. I'll definitely look into it (I typically prefer to learn through figuring stuff out instead of being told what to do, but I don't have enough creativity/knowledge to come up with small checks beyond what I've seen already).

    Thank you for the recommendation.

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    Default Re: Learning Java looking for Projects/Tests

    Have a little patience, in a week or two you'll be absorbing knowledge and experimenting with it in your own creations.

    BTW: you're not the first person to ask about this subject, if you scroll a little through the threads of the new to java forum looking for titles such as 'new to java' or 'beginner' you will find some other recommendations.
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