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might seem silly to ask but

 
Gordon McBride
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Hi, so I couldn't find an introduction thread, so I'll do it here while I ask a question. I'm Gordon, I am a student studying Information Systems and e-Commerce in New Zealand. Also I have been lurking on this forum for sometime.

So this Cattle Drive seems really quite cool, but I wanted to know a few things before I commit to it; such as:

  • how many assignments are there?
  • what the the end level of experience (ie, would I be able to get a part time coding job after this)?
  • is it time based like needs to be completed within 6 months or something?
  • how steep in the learning curve?



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    Carol Murphy
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    Hi Gordon! The list of assignments can be found on the Java Ranch home page here:Cattle Drive. There is no time limit to complete the assignments, and the learning curve was steep for me as I had zero programming knowledge. I think you would find it very useful, and you have access to some really smart people who will answer all of your silly questions! I highly recommend checking it out. As for getting you a job, I would have to say a lot would depend on the level of experience and training an employer is looking for in a new hire. I think it certainly would help you understand a lot more than another applicant who just took a Java class at a local community college.
     
    Gordon McBride
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    Hi Carol!

    ahh thanks, will have a look though them now,

    Good to know about answering silly questions, I tend to have a few of those haha.

    I have done a semester of java coding, but being an introductory course we didn't do anything very useful and learning off online tutorials has been very difficult to get around, thus stumbling upon here.

    thanks for the answers though!

    Gordon
     
    Carol Murphy
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    I stumbled on to the Ranch in much the same way, and found it was the best learning experience I could have hoped for. The book tutorials I had tried all seemed to assume some kind of computer background and I really struggle with terminology that is not fully understood. Check out the other forums too! There's a wealth of free advice and generous assistance to be found all over the Ranch.
     
    Gordon McBride
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    ahhhhh very cool, thanks for the help
     
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