How to Learn Java Without Any Programming Experience
Are you a newbie to programming? Would you like to learn more about programming and follow a career as a software engineer? Or else are you someone in your twenties who wants to shift to programming. Then let me tell you, Java could be your best entry point for programming. You are never too late to learn Java. I believe that this article will motivate you and give you the necessary guidance to start your journey with Java.
Why learn Java?
I am quite sure you are eager to know how successful you can be by learning Java. Here are some interesting facts about Java.
- 1 million downloads per year by different devices worldwide
- The primary language for 95% of the major companies.
- The median salary of a Java developer is $83, 975.00
- Android uses java APIs over more than 1 billion devices.
Java is a worldwide, dominantly used language that gives a lot of benefits to Java developers for their work. Thus, Java is still the best language to teach.
You are never too late to learn Java
Age is just a number. There are many stereotypes, such as someone should have a permanent job when they are in their twenties. Don’t let such beliefs put you down. You still have so much time left in your lives. Learning java is the same as learning anything else. I would say learning Java is easier as you can master Java within a few months.
Also, remember that programming is not learning languages. Rather it is solving problems. That’s why age has a very minimal effect on being successful as a developer. The success of programming doesn’t depend on your knowledge of Java but your ability to think logically. So just because someone else started learning java ten years before then you did is not a reason for him to be better than you in programming.
If you still don’t feel confident enough, read the story of Sergei:
Sergei was a bronze medalist in a Combat Sambo world championship. Later, he had to leave his career due to some serious defeats and injuries. He ended up being a construction worker, a dishwasher, and a security guard to find money to live. One day he was invited by one of his friends to learn Java. Despite the fact he began learning Java at a later phase of his life, he is currently doing so great as a Java developer.
You don’t need a programming experience to learn Java
Well, everyone starts from somewhere. Anyone who learns their first programming language never had programming experience before. So I will tell you why Java should be your first programming language.
Java is an OOP programming language. This means it tries to imitate the real world. You program in Java the way you perceive the world. This is one of the best reasons why someone should start programming with Java.
Java protects the Coder. If you start learning with programming like C, there is are many things to think about the safety of the application and even the machine as well. Java has built-in features like exceptions and garbage collections to save coders from their mistakes.
Java’s rich API has many features that make coders’ life much easier. Think of API as an already built code snippet that you can use by their names. Java possibly has the richest API among programming languages.
Java has the biggest community than any other programming language. I am quite sure the books, free courses, and forums dedicated to Java exceed any different programming languages. The amount of help waiting for you is huge. So never be afraid to put your hands into it.
How to build an effective self-study plan
If you have decided to learn Java by now, the next thing you should have is a self-study plan. Learning Java is like a journey. A self-study plan will give you the correct direction. It will also help you to track your progress as each step is similar to a milestone.
Here are some of the steps I would like to see in a self-study plan to learn java.
- First things first. Try a hello world program in Java. You will learn something and get and interest to carry on. (Don’t copy a code. Try to write it by yourself)
- Learn the fundamentals and keep practicing the fundamentals. You can find many learning sites to learn the fundamentals.
- Once you are comfortable with the fundamentals, give a start to the OOP concepts. Practice Polymorphism, encapsulation, inheritance…
- Practice your codes. Test them. Rebuild the errors that you have. Again Test and Test. Build confidence in Java with continuous practice.
- Do experiments. Start debugging, be updated, and enjoy your work.
Best places to learn Java theories
After getting a plan, your next step is to learn about the theory. As I said earlier, resources to learn java abounds on the internet. These resources come in many forms, such as ebooks, online courses, youtube channels tutorial websites.
There are many popular ebooks that you can read to learn theory.
- Head First Java by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates
- Java: A Beginner’s Guide by Herbert Schildt
- Effective Java by Joshua Bloch
Udemy is an online education platform that has courses on any topic you can imagine. Among those courses, here are some that might help you learn Java theories.
- Java Programming Masterclass for Software Developers.
- Java In-Depth: Become a Complete Java Engineer!
- Java Programming for Complete Beginners — Learn in 250 Steps.
Apart from those, there are many tutorial websites like Tutorialspoint, w3schools, javatpoint that have allocated a large space for Java theories.
So finally, my advice is if you are looking to make a shift towards programming, don’t let your age be a barrier. Even if you are in your twenties or thirties, you have lost nothing. According to my knowledge, Java is the best entry point for programming for multiple reasons, as I have mentioned here. There are ample resources for you to learn Java. But again, whoever practices more will win the race.