The JavaRanch/CodeRanch is an online community with almost a quarter of a million members which have posted more than 2.4 million messages. Our members come from all over the globe although most of them come from the USA, India and Europe. We discuss a wide range of topics, from distributed computing to certification. Although our main focus is on Java we also have topics about HTML, Groovy, Ruby and others.
The forums are accessible for new programmers since our only rule is "be nice". We try to help our members by guiding them and letting them figure it out on their own instead of just providing the answers.
The JavaRanch is founded by Paul Wheaton, aka the Trailboss.