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Just starting in Java and looking for advice on how/where to practice coding!  RSS feed

 
Stephen Szykowny
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I know the question seems rhetorical but after spending a month reading a few books on Java including Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 days, and the OCA study guide. I really feel that I have just a broad grasp on all the syntax of the language. Reading the code seems easy, but just getting anything of my own mustered up is proving to be difficult. I went on CodeWars.com and wasn't able to solve a single question, but when I looked at the answers I was like "Ahhh i could've got that". Any advice will help at this point. I'm being tutored by a software developer of 25 years and have chosen not to go to college because he literally tells me every time I see him that I'll easily get a job once I can do such and such things. He says I'm doing well for only being a month in, but I feel like I'm behind. Any links, advice, or comments are appreciated!
 
Campbell Ritchie
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Welcome to the Ranch

I would not recommend the 21 days book which is not a very good book in the first place. I would not recommend an OCA guide for a beginner with one month's experience either because such books are aimed at more experienced people.
I am not familiar with codewars, I am afraid.
If you are being tutored by somebody, ask them to suggest projects. How much do you know so far? I would expect you to be able to write a small OO application with several classes and use several forms of iteration and selection after a month or so.
 
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If you didn't read books like Thinking in Java and Effective Java I would recommend them instead of SAMS Teach Yourself Java in 21 days.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

Would you really recommend those books to a beginner?
 
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