Jun 10, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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We have tried Stanford and Udacity, but there were a few struggles with both classes. Namely, Stanford's materials are so old that they really don't work and the assignments are irrelevant (shame because the lectures are legit). Udacity's lectures are nicer, but it uses a random IDE that you can't really put on your resume.
So along came Udemy! Here is a course that seriously teaches you a TON about Java and prepares you for a job. I have really looked through it all and if you have a solid understanding of this course, I am very confident to say you are junior developer ready (at the minimum, internship ready). It prepares you for the Java Programming 1 Certificate, which is huge for your resume!
The first lecture helps you install Eclipse, which is the most used enterprise environment for Java, another resume bonus. The lectures are also set up beautifully where if you want to use another environment (IntelliJ, jGrasp) it is very easy to do so.
Please come if you have not been to previous meetings! It is not a problem if you miss a week (or two or three) because everyone can work at their own pace and come together to ask questions and work in groups. There is a possibility that people might start splitting off to work together based on pace and class they are following, because learning all together as a group of 20+ can be tough. But we are figuring out how it works best as we get started!
If you have questions or comments - please use this discussion thread!
The only thing you need to bring is a laptop. If that is a problem for you (broken laptop, desktop, etc) shoot the organizers of this group a message and we will do our best to figure something out!
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Also, major Excella shout out! We will even have FOOD thanks to them! :)