February 12th, 2003, 08:22 PM
I am a computer programming student and am having alot of problems understanding Java. Was wondering if anyone could shed a little light on the subject for me to help me to better understand it and get it through my thick skull. If it is any help at all we are using the Borland J Builder system for Java. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch
February 23rd, 2003, 04:20 AM
You need to ask something specific.
February 28th, 2003, 07:59 PM
You really need to start with the basics & NO IDE, just note pad or something like edit plus....part of the problem you may be having is because Borland is doing much of the work for you so you are not getting a good look at the basics.
I teach Java at an NE IT school & we start off plain & simple. Java is a massive language & can have a steep curve for some people. One of the worst problems Ive seen is when a beginner starts off using an IDE that does so much of the basic work for you. You need to start short & sweet public static void main (String  fred)
& start playing with variables, loops & input - output from the console.. I would also suggest looking at your fav book store for a good beginner book.....Ive always been partial to Java 2 - The Complete reference by Osbourne press. Most of my beginner students love it.
One final suggestion is that you sign up for javaranch (www.javaranch.com) its totally free & is made for anyone who wants to learn Java at ANY level. There are tons of people there just waiting to help out beginners, lots of articles & some fun games to help you learn.
March 1st, 2003, 02:06 PM
March 1st, 2003, 02:15 PM
Another GREAT simple text editor that has some nice features (including compile - javac & run - java) is Edit Plus. Ive been using this little monster to teach for 2 years now & it is a wonderful simple text editor that does a multitude of languages with color coding & has no visible bugs that I have ever seen. To top it off its only $30. You can get it at www.editplus.com