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Offline collon29

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« Posted 2012-06-19 12:33:27 »

Whats a good way to start Programming and what program helps with java coding on mac?
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« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-06-19 15:19:06 »

Get a good book. I recommend Programming with Java in 24 hours, although it's not that detailed. For a really good textbook, I recommend Java Programming from the Ground Up, and Head First Java is a good one too.

Netbeans is a good IDE to use, not sure if it runs on mac. Or you could try Eclipse, but the software doesn't matter as much as your skills.
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« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-06-19 15:28:15 »

http://www.java-gaming.org/topics/newbie-starting-java/26678/view/topicseen.html

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Offline Longarmx
« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-06-19 16:39:08 »

I used eclipse on the mac until I got my new computer. I thought it was great. Haven't tried Netbeans yet though.

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2012-06-19 18:08:33 »

Welcome to JGO!

In my humble biased opinion, I prefer Eclipse Smiley

And this post helps explains the Java dev scene.

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2012-06-23 02:44:18 »

thanks all you that should get me started
thanks Jimmt for the book names
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« Reply #6 - Posted 2012-06-26 02:15:21 »

Welcome to JGO!

In my humble biased opinion, I prefer Eclipse Smiley

And this post helps explains the Java dev scene.
That link...
Man, ASCII console games were awesome
*nostalgia*
Offline davedes
« Reply #7 - Posted 2012-06-26 02:29:27 »

Netbeans or Eclipse work well on Mac. They are both good. Smiley

IMO books are a rather "dated" way to learn basic programming. (IMO the future of education lies in interactive applications... but that's a topic for another day.) Here's a good place to get you started.
http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercises/0

The syntax is different in Java, but the concepts are the same. The best way to learn programming is not by reading about it, but by practicing it. Smiley

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