As a non-programmer newbie, the biggest advice is to do ALL your design before you write a line of code.
All the CS/MIS I have taken courses I have taken over the past few years preach this, but it's hard to resist diving right in and writing code.
I think coding and the language are more fun. But the design work is crucial.
I have had to make some modifications after the fact that have been additional work. Of course, with no previous development experience, I was pretty much going in blind. [ March 22, 2006: Message edited by: tom smith ]
posted 11 years ago
My advice is to buy the scjd 1.4 or 1.5 book. Pretty much 70% of the solution is there already. Reading that does teach you a lot about the design.