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Hi everybody!

I started learning Java about a year ago when I made the career switch from education to software development. Currently employed in FinTech and working mostly with Apache Cassandra, but still wanting to develop my Java knowledge. When learning last year Java, I went though the OCA book where I found this website, but now a year later I want to pick up improving my Java again.

My current goal is to work on making a Java game. Why a game? Because I have an idea for one and it sounds like the most fun thing to do, and being a former educator, I know how important doing something you are motivator for is. My work also offered me the OCP book, which I occasionally work through during downtime at work.

Current plan: work an average of 4 hours per week on my game. This would come down to a 30 minutes per day, which sounds realistic enough for me not to stray off-course in a major way that will dis encourage me to stop it all together. 7x30 minutes is 3h30m, so that last 30 minutes will be once a week browsing this forum and trying to answer questions here, my thought is that being able to explain concepts to others will also challenge my own understanding of the language. As said, the OCP book will be less consistent as it depends on downtime at work, but I have no deadline since I am not planning on passing the exam in the near future (why still work through that specific book? Because I immensely enjoyed working though OCA, so again, motivation playing a big part).

Well, I guess that is it. I hope to be able to contribute to this great community, and maybe see you guys around.

 
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Have a cow, great intro!

Did anyone welcome you already... Welcome to the Ranch Anzo Asbjorn and enjoy the say.

Anzo Asbjorn wrote:I went though the OCA book where I found this website


Which book was that? I also figured out about the Ranch existence because of particular OCA book which mentioned Ranch as a main resource for more detailed interactive explanations. So that book I consider one of the best I have read.

So I guess see you in some other threads
 
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Thank moo for the cow

The book is OCA study guide by by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff.
I do not consider that book the best for learning practical Java, but I loved the in-depth on the theory and the "trick" questions challenged me to really reflect on what I had learned!
 
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Anzo Asbjorn wrote:The book is OCA study guide by by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff.


Kudos to Jeanne and Scott for mentioning CodeRanch in a book. I have both books, OCA and OCP. Didn't read OCP yet, but planning to.

Anzo Asbjorn wrote:I do not consider that book the best for learning practical Java, but I loved the in-depth on the theory and the "trick" questions challenged me to really reflect on what I had learned!


Yes, certification books aren't best for learning practical Java - but luckily their purpose isn't that! They are tend to train you to understand the technical part of Java language. However, quite a few tips you could find which tell you what are good practices in real world.
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:... I also figured out about the Ranch existence because of particular OCA book which mentioned Ranch as a main resource for more detailed interactive explanations. So that book I consider one of the best I have read.



I too realized about the Ranch's  existence because was referred in the links section of the part of tens typical chapter in the For Dummies series precisely the Barry Burd's
Java for Dummies i guess; was a, 13 years, old very basic Java book I had lent from our local library here. Only some time later I met the OCA book that occasionally use for remind purposes apart that i love the authors "detective inspector approach" on particular Java topics    

and ... Welcome to Ranch @Anzo Asbjorn
 
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