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Learning a bit about... Java


I've been spending my Saturdays doing tutorials on languages I'm curious about. This week it's Java.

What I knew about the language before I started

  • It's not like JavaScript (despite the name)

What I did

Read some of Learn Java, which went through the basics of how to create variables, loops and conditions.

I then did the first part of Java for Beginners, which is Install + Hello world so I could understand what I needed to write Java, how you set everything up and how you run it.

And then I did the last part of Java for Beginners, Text-based Adventure Game Project.

What I thought about the language

When I was first going through it, it mentioned that everything had to be in a class called Main. And I thought, I don't know if I want to do this language. But the rest was pretty logical and not dissimilar to other languages.

I really enjoyed the text adventure game tutorial. The instructor really explained everything - it was designed for complete newbies, so for the bits that were new to me that was good, and for the bits that weren't, I just skipped on a bit. It's also fun to play.

What's next?

That seems like enough on Java just to get an idea of it. As much as I enjoyed the text adventure game, I'm all for not doing more Java if I don't have to. I'm sure I'd get used to it if I had to, but since I don't, I won't.

Next I'm going to learn Ruby on Rails. I know nothing about it, except that it sounds cool.

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