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david mullen
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I have been directed to this site to begin learning about java and to begin coding. I have had trouble identifying a starting point. Could anyone give me direction? I understand the very basics of how a computer functions and that programming is run off an if then sequence that must be typed up. Thanks ahead of time for your patience and attention.
 
Stephan van Hulst
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Hi David, welcome to CodeRanch!

A good way to start is by reading the Oracle tutorials: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/

Often the best way to get better at something is to pick a short term goal, and try to reach it. It will force you to find out what steps to take to get there. For a complete beginner, a nice way is to find some programming puzzles online, and try to solve them.

If you have more questions, you're always more than welcome to ask them here.

Good luck!
 
Frankie Law
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Hi David, I am new to Java programming as well. :3

There are a lot of resources online as well as written books to help you learn Java.  There is no shortage of it. 

The question becomes, how well verse in programming are you?
When people say they are new to programming, they actually meant they are new to the Java syntax but not programming concepts.

So the question becomes are you new to programming? or are you new to Java?
If you are new to programming, you will find it easier to learn from a structured course book than documentation. 

Because books will go through all the basics of computer and programmings concepts with examples for you follow step by step.
While documentation might have terminologies and example, but often they are written for programmers to read who are already in the discipline.

If you want to learn it all, I highly recommend Deitel How to Program series. 
It takes you through the basics of programming from top to bottom.

Classes, Variables, Package, Methods, Data types, Memory Concepts, If Else statements, Loops, etc.

The only down side to the book is that it is very expensive at $150 depending on the currencies.
But the investment far outweights any school program.

Hope this helps.  :3

 
Campbell Ritchie
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FL: welcome to the Ranch too.
 
Kris Gutie
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If you would like to learn java, I could teach you. I am a peer leader at my university for computer science. I currently help students with there java classes and homework and I can also help you. If you interested please let me know.
 
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