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You’ve just graduated or completed a programming course and are looking for a vacancy to apply for. However, it looks like you can’t get a job offer without previous experience and you get stuck thinking about how to become a proficient junior Java developer and start a career.

In this post, I will share several reliable methods for solving the problem of insufficient hands-on expertise. So, you’ll end up having a working approach to improving your skills. Let’s look at what you can do to get a junior developer position in the company.

1. Join Independent Projects

The first step to gain hands-on experience while mastering programming languages is to work on independent projects. I first recommend contributing to an open-source project, then starting your own project, and, when it is ready, sharing it on Github. …

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Data science is one of the hottest (if not the hottest) jobs of the XXI century. The number of CS students and business science majors who want to know how to analyze insights is growing at a wild rate.

Right now, “Intro to Data Science” is the fastest-growing class at Berkeley. When it comes to Harvard, “Introduction to Statistics” was another hot pick among undergraduates — a change stimulated by the growth of big data and data science.

We all understand that there’s no end in sight when it comes to data production. …

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So, you’ve started to learn Java programming and wonder how to make the learning process faster and boost your career prospects. While reading books and watching tutorials on YouTube is a significant part of honing a new programming language, it may not be still that effective without being accompanied by the hands-on part. Java practices, tasks, and challenges are what can boost your coding skills and take you one step closer to your dream job.

To save you the hassle of surfing the Internet looking for the appropriate programs, I’ve created a list of Java project ideas that will brush up your skills. …

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In software development and many other tech industries, there is a logical gradation of specialists based on their level of expertise: Junior, Middle, and Senior. This gradation gives a better understanding of qualification and allows determining the responsibilities and salary level.

In this post, I will get wind of the entry-level specialist, find out how to become a Junior programmer, what companies expect from an employee, and what salary they are willing to pay for this position. So, stay tuned.Who is a Junior Developer?

As a rule, a Junior developer is a specialist who’s just graduated, has little to no work experience, so still has a lot to learn, gain expertise, and go through the entire product development cycle. Juniors don’t usually write straightforward code — fancy one-liners and abstractions are still more often associated with the entry-level specialist. While in a Junior position, specialists continue to engage in various mundane tasks to gain as much hands-on experience as possible. …

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So, you’ve decided to start learning to program this coming Monday. However, here’s the question: what language to begin with if you have no previous experience in coding. A common dilemma for all novices, isn’t it? Although there are many programming languages suitable for newcomers, I would advise you to start with Java as I find it perfect for an introduction to the coding world. So, let’s find out what are the reasons to learn Java at the forefront.

Why Master Java as a Primary Language

Java is Among Top 3 Programming Languages

TIOBE Index has come up with an updated stats on the most popular programming languages for November, and Java takes third place with a reach of 11.68%. …

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Do you know someone willing to spend time and money on things that might not even work? So don’t I.

The same approach applies to programming courses. The truth is that there is no perfect educational program — when one student finds the course best suited and efficient, another one doesn’t take it seriously. It all depends on the goals and personal preference you set when starting to learn programming. So, how can you find the lesson that would meet your particular needs?

In this post, I am going to ease your pain and share a few tips that will help you determine what course is ideal for you. You’ll get to know what things to consider when choosing the learning website. Apart from that, to save you the hassle of searching for the best-suited course all over the Internet, I’ve made a whole list of penny-worth educational platforms. …

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When you are at the very beginning of your path to Java programming, you may wonder where to start. First, I would recommend giving 80% of your attention to practice and the remaining 20% to theory, as well as combining various sources and seeking help from more experienced developers in your community. These are just a few tips that come to my mind right away.

For more helpful advice and best practices on how to learn to program using Java, read this post carefully. Next, you will discover the most innovative and interactive courses I’ve found perfect for fledgling developers. …

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Java is a popular programming language that is a choice of software developers around the world for building web, mobile and desktop applications, websites, applets, distributed modules, games, enterprise software, cloud applications, and much more. Programmers who learn Java find many avenues opening up for them, leading to a rewarding career.

I am sharing my experience of learning Java and teaching it to my students. I hope this article will help you overcome your preconceived fear of the language by highlighting common mistakes and how to avoid them so you enjoy the process of learning.

I have been programming for decades and found that learning to code is like any other skill. So if you are not sure about how to learn Java but fully committed to acquiring this language, this article will guide you through the right learning approaches and helpful resources. …

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These days, resources to learn Java are almost countless. Self-learning tutorials, books, online courses, offline classes — you name it.

However, to keep the students motivated to learn to code, the developers have recently come up with game-based online courses. They are found to be one of the best methods to acquire programming skills while having little to no previous experience. Gamification allows you to learn by playing, which is a distinctive practice to avoid burnout.

So, next, you will find a list of five Java gamified platforms that will make the process of learning the language an exciting journey.

Top 5 Game-Based Programming Platforms for Java Practice

1. CodeGym

Learn the mistakes now so you can avoid them yourself

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I have good news for you, friends! Now is the best time to learn to program and it is kinda heaven for self-learners. It is much easier today than 10 or 20 years ago. Today, we have almost unlimited access to different information about languages and libraries. There are thousands of online courses, video tutorials, and forums where we can find answers and ask for help or advice.

And yet, students still make mistakes as they did 10 or 20 years ago. It is only natural for human beings and there is no avoiding it. …


John Selawsky

A senior Java developer and Java tutor at Learning Tree International programming courses. In Java We Trust.

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