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Carlos Hernandez
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So I've been reading head first java the 2nd edition and I can't but notice that as of right now there are no real programming exercises. I am on chapter 5 and looked ahead as well and didn't see that much changes. I hope someone proves me wrong on that statement.

I know I can practice what I'm learning on my own, but are there any books for beginners that set out their own exercises for the reader to code on his own?
 
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I was looking for the exact same thing. I find that I watch youtube videos (which are great), but I really long for a book that says "after learning skillset 1,2,3 - try this program" etc.
 
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David De wrote:I was looking for the exact same thing. I find that I watch youtube videos (which are great), but I really long for a book that says "after learning skillset 1,2,3 - try this program" etc.


Same here David, youtube is great but at the end of the video your really only copying someone and not putting it into practice. I do like to reference youtube for an explanation though when I get stuck on something. And I have watched a series or 2 in the past when I was learning C++.

I really liked a book called c++ primier for c++. It would have problems to code up after every section and was great for learning and practice. It was a little dry compared to head first java but it worked. Just need an equivalent book for java.

Found this on another link in this forum and it might be good. Haven't really looked through it but it does have programming exercises.

http://math.hws.edu/eck/cs124/downloads/javanotes7-linked.pdf
 
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I purchased a couple of Java books, Java all in one for Dummies, computer science using java etc and I am quite surprised that they are all laid out the same. I would really prefer : teach a concept, test on the concept, next concept. Maybe it is just my learning style, but I haven't found one that does that.
 
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Hey maybe we can help each other out.
I just finished a counting change program - have you tried that?
The next one I am going to try is a string of words in an array, find the length and then pick one of the words using a random number generator. I was thinking maybe like adlibs - where it will put the random word in a story, making sure that nouns are a separate list, verbs etc.
 
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David De wrote:Hey maybe we can help each other out.
I just finished a counting change program - have you tried that?
The next one I am going to try is a string of words in an array, find the length and then pick one of the words using a random number generator. I was thinking maybe like adlibs - where it will put the random word in a story, making sure that nouns are a separate list, verbs etc.


That would be great. Although I'm just barely learning the syntax of java so I'm quite far from being able make anything as of now but I think I can get up to speed pretty fast since I am familiar with other languages. I did take a look at your coin program, do you know how to modify it to take an object oriented approach?
 
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For object oriented, I would have to start from scratch and I am not there yet. I am sure there is a simple way, but I am still trying to get my head around classes and methods. I have read three descriptions of each, but they just don't make sense no matter how many analogies I read.
 
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