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An Introduction To Programming and Java

Java is a very popular programming language, originally developed by Sun Microsoft Systems. Its usage is very extensive these days and having a basic knowledge of java always helps.This article will tell you about programming in general and get you started. The simplicity of the content has been aimed at beginners rather than computer engineering professionals.

An Introduction To Programming and Java

To get started one needs to understand what programming is all about. It can be stated as telling the computer specifically what you want it to do using a language which it understands.

Mathematical Problem Solution

Computer languages are very explicit and mathematical. It will do just the amount of work that has been instructed to it and nothing else. However, the nature of programming is not like that of solving a math problem. There are neither theorems or set heuristics which will land you to the perfect solution. Programming is more about some best practices which need to be kept in mind rather than being applied like a math formula. Your task is to determine how the programming concepts will help in solving the problem.

As a programmer, you will possibly do or make things which no one has done. Hence your best bet is getting to understand a general gist of the theories, set of tools and vocabulary so as to look at a part of an application and being able to tell what it’s logic is. Your next step is to question how that logic interacts with the rest of the program and find better ways to do it. So basically programming combines your mathematical way of thinking with intuition to find what accomplishments are being expected of the code.

Getting Familiar With The Tools

Designing applications or programming, in general, is comparable to art. Program design is just as creative a task, as those taught in art schools. Hence if you take any classes on programming, it’s advisable not to accept the concepts for granted, but rather imagine them to be something you could modify yourself based on your needs. Put the idea you learn, into practice immediately to get the best results. It’s important to know that programming tools can be used in many different ways. It’s up to a programmer to discover those unknown paths. For this article, it’s assumed that the reader does not know and has not used a programming language before.

Why Should You Chose Java?

Let us start by questioning why you would learn java rather than any others such as C++. The answer is simplicity. C++ allows users to go to low-level are interaction level control. Hence it involves a fair amount of details. For your information, the Windows operating system has been built using C++. Java, on the other hand, takes on the assumption that you don’t know very much. It’s high level enough for an introductory programmer but also low level enough for it to be able to do a wide range of things. If you are new to java but have done some programming before, it may be helpful to know that it’s similar to C# which is from the Visual Studio package and C++ with regards to its format.

Use Of Java

Java serves many purposes in business applications like tracking the employees, report their sales per month or similar things. Java has a neat graphics library enabling it to be incorporated in building two and three-dimensional video games. It’s compatible with OpenGL – Open Graphics Library which enhances its performance.

Java happens to be the primary language for building games and applications for mobile devices. Java can be an essential ingredient in simulating actions such as physics phenomena, a growth rate of some deadly disease etc. An advantage of using java is an active online open source community where people post their codes for free to be used by others where they require.

Well, I hope that brief overview clear some clouds on what java and programming is all about. Have a look and don’t be shy of trying. Many tutorials and research papers on this subject are widely available online. Same goes for video tutorials. You won’t become a professional over the night, but with patience and practice, it could easily happen.