Java Study Group

  • June 10 · 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! :)


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  • Lindsay Brown

    I'm getting a lot out of the Stanford video lectures. I'm not doing the exercises - as the word on the street is the actual assignments are irrelevant - but the lectures teach the fundamentals of programming methodology (regardless of which language) very well.

    2 · June 12

    • Kaylyn Gibilterra

      Yea I love the professor for those classes! It's a shame the software is so out of date, but still awesome for learning concepts

      June 13

  • Samantha Danfora

    Couldn't make it last night or next week, but I did start the Udemy course and it was great! I learned a lot just in the first few courses. Great find!

    2 · June 11

  • T. Boulding

    Great class, location (thanks EXCELLA CONSULTING)!

    2 · June 10

  • Claudia Medina

    Won't be able to make it tonight. I'll see you next week!

    June 10

  • Kaylyn Gibilterra

    The offices are in suite #630 - I think we will have to let people into the offices though, so we'll probably put up a sign

    June 10

  • Lindsay Brown

    I'm sorry I am missing this tonight. I'm sure things will slow down next week so I can come to Java study group (and Angular JS!)

    1 · June 10

  • Ria Galanos

    Excited to see everyone tonight! Although we are meeting in VA, it's only two stops further than Foggy Bottom and the building is super close to the Metro. And what could be more fun that writing Java code?

    1 · June 10

    • T. Boulding

      Happy Birthday!!

      June 10

    • Ria Galanos

      Thank you! I think I owe you an email also. Went 11 days on my trip with super limited access and now I'm playing crazy catch-up!

      June 10

  • T. Boulding

    Aww...Why did the location change from (dc)?

    June 5

    • Kaylyn Gibilterra

      The next week will be in DC! We will likely rotate locations the next few meetups, but Excella is actually hiring Junior Java Developers, so we're definitely excited to visit with them! We'll send more information about locations in a newsletter this weekend, but I'm pumped to get some stable wifi haha.

      4 · June 5

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