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Steps to learning Java

 
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I'm using "Head First Java" right now- what would be the next logical step after that?
 
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Logically, you should finish the book and all its exercises.
After that move on to some advanced topics, maybe web development or business components. I would prefer learning Design Patterns.
But first, the book.

-Ninad
 
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@Mark:

Head first is decent book to start with but after that there are plenty of options you can choose.

please first ask yourself what you want to be ?
 
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After learning the basics, I strongly recommend SCJP certification. Studying for this will really expand and reinforce your understanding of Java fundamentals.
 
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Thanks guys. As far as what I want to be, I really am not sure, I don't know all the options available. Can you point me
to a resource for that?
 
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It may sound obvious but I would like to give you this advice: Write lot's of code. Preferably in a text-editor (NOT an ide, syntax highlighting is fine). Then you'll spot errors much sooner and get more familiar with the api's that java provides.
 
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mark rees wrote:I'm using "Head First Java" right now- what would be the next logical step after that?


See also the bookshelf where plenty of good books are available to proceed after Head First.
 
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