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Where do I go now? (Java)

Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

I enjoy programming, but I'm at the end of my programming sequence in college (3 quarters in the making...) and I don't really know where to go to continue learning and becoming more proficient with programming. To build upon that I also don't know where to go with web development/design either since I like that too. Should I just think of cool apps and make them for android(contemplated this) and then somehow integrate them with a website that I've made?

I guess I'm just asking, since I'm sill in college and I'm not looking for a job yet, what should I do so I can continue to program and still feel like I'm actually doing something?

Github was another thing I thought about, perhaps forking something that someone's made. But anyway, what are your suggestions?

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Re: Where do I go now? (Java)

Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:45 PM

1) Join a programming forum and help others
2) Get some books that you would enjoy reading with examples to experiment with
3) Listen to podcasts and immerse yourself in the programming lifestyle
4) Join a Github project and build something you enjoy

The important thing is to stay fluent and keep practicing. Never slow down and let your skills get rusty.

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Re: Where do I go now? (Java)

Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

Well since I spend a fair amount of time at my computer I've decided to purchase a Mechanical Das Keyboard (been wanting one forever..) and so I don't think I'll slow down... haha.

What are some good books that you've read? You seem to have an exceptional amount of programming knowledge so I'll assume you've got some good recommendations?

Where could I find podcasts?

And I've been searching around Github, a lot of the stuff seems kind of complicated... But I guess that's part of the learning process.
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Re: Where do I go now? (Java)

Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:31 AM

Try and make something non-trivial yourself. If you browse the Computer Science forum, or delve into the topic over at Wikipedia/Computer Science, there's no end to the challenging problems you could apply yourself to.

Try some of the more complicated data structures / search algorithms! Have a go at cryptography. File compression. Try a graphics program (fractal generators are fun). Make a game of some kind (text, 2d, 3d). Have a look at the TopCoder website. Do some online courses (Udacity, Coursera, MIT Open Courseware). Lend some of your free time to me! :P
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Re: Where do I go now? (Java)

Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:19 AM

freeTime == sleep;


....Yeahhhhhh, I'm just talking about this summer and stuff, because I'll be done with my java course in about 3 weeks but I enjoy programming. I'll take your advice, thank you.
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Re: Where do I go now? (Java)

Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:12 PM

You may find my thread Getting Better at Programming Java helpful.
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Re: Where do I go now? (Java)

Posted 27 May 2012 - 08:15 AM

There's actually a thread designed for this specific reason.

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