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Hello Everyone

I am new to this forum and still finding my feet.

I have started trying to learn Java and I have no programming back ground. I have been in IT for the last 16 years and my current job is understanding the clients secure logistics requirements and liaising with the engineers to develop and configure a platform to meet the clients requirements. I am responsible for level 1 technical support and company configuration for the client, testing of all new features and client system implementation, as well as training the clients and staff on the platform and providing technical sales support for the sales staff.

My reason for wanting to learn Java is to become a proficient developer and have the ability to be a creator of the applications and solutions required. With all my research done thus far and the direction I would like to go in, I have chosen Java as my first language.

I have been studying Java now for the last 2 months from various training videos and study guides, but i am still not sure what the best study plan is to learning Java. I would like to complete the OCA and OCP certification to assist me in getting into a developing position where I can further learn and develop my skill as a developer while working and gaining experience.

Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

Why don't you show is a little app which you have created and let us see how far your skills have progressed?
 
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thanks...

i'm still trying to learn the language. What would be the best resources to focus and concentrate on getting through first. i feel trying to learn java via exam prep courses might not be my best use of time starting out,......or would it..?
 
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Will Dev wrote:thanks...

i'm still trying to learn the language. What would be the best resources to focus and concentrate on getting through first. i feel trying to learn java via exam prep courses might not be my best use of time starting out,......or would it..?


No. In fact, the very first chapter of my cert book suggests getting a different book first. Murach's Beginning Java is good. As is Head First Java and many others.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:

Will Dev wrote:thanks...

i'm still trying to learn the language. What would be the best resources to focus and concentrate on getting through first. i feel trying to learn java via exam prep courses might not be my best use of time starting out,......or would it..?


No. In fact, the very first chapter of my cert book suggests getting a different book first. Murach's Beginning Java is good. As is Head First Java and many others.




Thank you for the confirmation, which brings me to another question. The Head First Java book 2nd edition was written on Java 5.

I take it that although Java 8 is out and i would probably write the OCA exam for Java 8, it would still be my best study path to study the Head First Java book then study your cert book for Java 8 in preparation for the OCA exam.
 
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Head First Java followed by Cai Horstmann's book about uprating your skills to Java8. It is called something like Java8 for the Really Impatient.

That is just a suggestion. There are lots of books and lots of options.
 
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I think the best way to learn anything is to experiment, and build small programs for whatever purpose you like yourself. Maybe some simple little games, or other small programs that can help you with your current job.

It is much easier to learn things by doing than trying to fill your head with lists of facts and abstract concepts.
 
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For very long time I wanted to learn Java. I am a self learning person, and I have few Java books. However, I taking a FREE Introduction to Java course from Udacity which it is very good,
check it out at "https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-java-programming--cs046" .
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

I have never used Udacity, but have heard it well spoken of.
 
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