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Alessandro Buonerba
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I live in London and around the internet I could only find courses with 5 days lenght. I don't think that JAVA can be learnt in just few days. What do you advice? My aim is to pass the certificate exam and search a job here in London as a Java programmer.

I used to program some mIRC scripts in the past when I was young so I just have a bit of exp in another language.

What book do I need to start?

Can you help me to make the right decision? Do you know a good course here in London that can help me (if it's worth it)? Or just study alone with some good books and coderanch's help?

Thanks in advance.

Alessandro.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.

You're right, it isn't enough to learn Java in 5 days course. Probably you shouldn't bound yourself to Java but rather to programming as such, which involves more technologies than that. And probably it is more of a life-long learning rather than fixed amount of time.

Quite good place to start are Oracle Java tutorials (<-- link). There you'll find some basics as well as more advanced topics.
 
Alessandro Buonerba
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Thank you Liutauras Vilda for your reply.
The thing is that I really would love to start learn Java as soon as possible but I don't know how/where to start. Courses are useless and just money-waster. What make me bind to Java is the fact that all the employers wants who knows Java and I want to search a job in the IT. Do you think I can have more chance learning another language? Any other that can share as well?

Thank you again.
 
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Alessandro Buonerba wrote:Do you think I can have more chance learning another language?
Not necessarily. Java I think is a good language to start, in fact in many universities it used to be an introductory language to programming for many years, currently Python is taking over that title. Nevertheless, give a try and will see.

As mentioned earlier, good place to start are Oracle Java Tutorials. Follow this link: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/ there are a lot good material to start with.

Also read topics in Beginning Java forum where you are currently. Here you'll see lots of common problems people are trying to solve, so you'll learn how to approach solving problems. Don't hesitate to ask questions, so people could help you. Everybody here is learning and sharing their experience.

Alessandro Buonerba wrote:The thing is that I really would love to start learn Java as soon as possible
Check this http://norvig.com/21-days.html

Best luck in your programming journey and will see you here
 
Alessandro Buonerba
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Thank you Vilda!
 
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Alessandro Buonerba wrote:Thank you Vilda!
You're most welcome.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.

If you enjoy the more class room/lecture type format, consider checking out the free courses on Coursera.

John Purcell, from Cave of Programming, also offers a free Java course for beginners on his site. I've used his C++ and Java Spring courses on Udemy and found them enjoyable (if you fast forward past his intro music). 

And, yes, ask questions. Good luck!
 
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