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I was wondering which is better coding practices. Creating large programs with many "areas of Java coding" covered and do that about once a day, or creating little programs that cover only one area, don't take long, and do them few times a day.
NOTE: this is just to further my understanding of coding.
Is there somewhere I can go (possible Javaranch has a place,.. I don't know) to find a new Program to create. Like a website that says "Create a program that ....." with a new challenge every day, and the answer to last challenge? My hardest problem coding is I don't know what to create? I'm not too creative at the moment.
I know this all must sound silly, but I do need any kind of help to further my confidence that I can code anything I want. Maybe then I'll have more confidence that I can find a good job with Java.
Any help is appreciated,
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The exercises in RHE (Roberts, Heller, Ernest) and the examples in each chapter of Patrick Houghton (Complete Reference) are good.
Ofcourse, going through Maha Anna's archives is a great learning experience.
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you may want to have a look at the following links:
Javaranch Cattle Drive
MindProd's List of Java projects for students
[ February 19, 2002: Message edited by: Valentin Crettaz ]
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for me ,
writing small programs helps you in two ways ... first thing you concentrate only on the point you want to learn and second you do not care abt maintenace... I mean you do not have to search in the code for particular programming segment.
Best thing have a template .java file and and save it with differebt code with different name and compile and check the O/P.
as for writing program for practise ... I think in Khalid has exercise in the end of each chapter.
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