How to Become a Java Developer – Practical Guide

The crisis forces many people to change their jobs or even their speciality completely. If you are one of those aiming to pursue a career of a java developer and searching advice on how to become a programmer, then this post is for you. In this article, we will try to answer the question of how to build a successful programmer’s career and what is necessary to become a high-demand developer.

3 Best Free Resources for Learning Programming

Take the first steps to a developer’s career and learn how to create your own projects via java programming tutorials as a start. Perhaps you will find out you need something different, but the only way to know for sure is to try.

freeCodeCamp

  • Technologies: HTML, CSS, Java, JavaScript, Node.js, React.js, etc.
  • Cost: completely free.
  • Difficulty level: all levels.

FreeCodeCamp course is specialized in teaching users all the basic aspects of web programming from initial concepts to complex development techniques. At the beginning of each lesson, you read the theory and apply it to practice: write the code in a special editor, which then  is checked by the system. If there are any difficulties or questions, you can discuss them with other students on the forum.

At the end of the theoretical modules, it will be necessary for you to create your own web applications. These will be published on the website and evaluated by other users. Apart from the teaching aspect, freeCodeCamp helps students to assemble into teams and work together on real non-commercial projects. This is a good chance to get valuable development experience and portfolio necessary for further employment.

Codecademy

  • Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Angular.js, React.js, Python, Ruby, etc.
  • Cost: free, or from $20 per month for additional content.
  • Difficulty level: easy to medium levels.

Like the previous resource, Codecademy “teaches” the aspects of web programming. On the website, you read the theory and then perform the tasks in the interactive code editor. At the user’s service, there are separate courses dedicated to different programming languages. The main part of each course is available for free, but checking tests and project development tasks are opened after special subscription which is paid.

On top of that, Codecademy offers comprehensive programs that systematize and integrate materials from different courses (not for free). For example, “Build Websites from Scratch” program teaches on how to build a simple website from scratch using various technologies step by step.

edX

  • Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby, etc.
  • Cost: free of charge or from $ 49 per month for a certificate.
  • Difficulty level: all levels.

At edX, you can access courses from well-known companies and universities. Among them, there is the famous introductory course for beginner programmers from Harvard University “Introduction to Computer Science.” Educational content is mainly video lectures and text materials. Some courses may contain tests and other interactive assignments. As a general rule, the platform does not charge you for having access to the material. However, you need to pay in order to get a certificate confirming the successful completion of a course.

All in all, becoming a successful java programmer is not impossible. What you need to do is to develop your professional skills constantly and keep up with the latest innovations in the industry.

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