Top 5 Java Online Courses for Beginners
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If you are someone who wants to learn Java and are looking for some awesome resources, e.g. books, tutorials, and online courses, then you have come to the right place. In the past, I have shared some great books and tutorials for learning Java, and in this article, I am going to share some of the best Java courses for beginners.
One of the main problems with learning Java is to keep pace with the increasing number of releases. For example, Java 8 was released back in 2014, which completely changed how Java was written, and now just within the last six months, we have had two major Java releases — Java 11 and Java 12. But the good thing is that the core of Java is still the same and all its releases are backward compatible.
If you are learning Java for the first time, then it's very important to choose an online course that is up-to-date; otherwise, you will be left behind in the job market and your day-to-day programming job with outdated skills.
But, before that, let me first congratulate you on making an excellent decision to learn Java, one of the most popular programming languages in the world.
The Java programming language is been around for more than 20+ years now and it has expanded its reach to almost every single field, from small mobile apps to large banking applications ran by major investment banks.
Java is mainly used as a server-side language to create high-performance, low-latency servers that handle a complex task. Java is really big on investment banks, which are used to write end-to-end trading applications, e.g. front-office applications for trade capture, middle-office applications to handle booking, and allocation and back-office applications for sending confirmations.
Another area where Java really shines is for creating Android applications. Though Google has now declared Kotlin as the official language for Android app development, Java is still quite big and there is no sign of any slowdown in the coming years.
5 Online Beginner Courses to Learn Java
In this article, I have chosen some of the best Java courses on Udemy and Pluarlsight, which are both comprehensive and up-to-date yet, at the same time, suitable for beginners.
Without any further ado, here they are:
1. The Complete Java Masterclass
This is probably the most popular Java course on Udemy, with over 207,000 students enrolled in this course.
It has received more than 40K 4.6 ratings, which speaks a lot about the quality, but the most important thing about this course is that the instructor has frequently updated it to include changes from Java 8 and Java 9.
It's a comprehensive course with over 72 hours of material, and you will learn all major things a Java developer should know like data structure, OOP, core Java fundamentals, Java collections, multithreading, File IO, networking, database, Java 8, unit testing, and more.
The instructor, Tim Buchalka, is also a famous Java instructor on Udemy. Every single concept is explained in great detail, and you will learn each concept one program at a time.
In short, this is one of the most complete courses for learning Java that is also suitable for beginners.
Learn more: The Complete Java MasterClass
2. Java 9 Programming for Complete Beginners in 250 Steps
This is a relatively new course for learning Java on Udemy. It uses tools, like JShell, which are introduced in Java 9 to teach you how to program in Java. No doubt, it's a great tool and really makes trying stuff in Java pretty easy.
The course structure is also very good and follows a step-by-step teaching method. I like the instructor's approach and teaching style, having gone through some of his Spring courses in the past.
The course is also very comprehensive and covers all important Java concepts, e.g. the basics, object-oriented programming, Java collections, generics, multithreading and concurrency, functional programming networking, file handling, and exception handling.
Once you have gone through the course, you will be very comfortable reading and writing Java programs.
In short, this an excellent Java course, and as of now, the best thing is that it's free, at least at the time of writing.
3. Java In-Depth: Become a Complete Java Engineer!
This is another awesome Java course on Udemy, which you can use to learn Java from scratch. It's a fantastic course and looks at Java "in depth."
The instructor has great knowledge of Java and his explanation is awesome, which makes learning more interesting.
Like previous Java courses, this is also a very detailed and comprehensive course that covers the majority of Java topics that a beginner wants to learn, e.g. variables, methods, classes, collections, data structures, threads, networking, etc.
There is one downside to this course, it's mainly a slide-based course with some code examples here and there. A few more code examples, preferably, with new tools like JShell will really help.
4. The Complete Java Developer Course
Though Java has changed a lot since Java SE 8, it isn't entirely different in Java 9 and Java 10.
Like the previous two courses, this also covers all essential Java topics like variables, methods, control statements, loops, arrays and Strings, object-oriented programming, file handling, database, multithreading, collections, etc.
It also covers functional programming and Java 8 new features, along with Java FX, which allows you to create GUI based Java application, much like Swing. You will even learn to build a complete Tic-Tac-Toe game in this course.
In short, a good course to start with Java programming from scratch. While it isn't the most up-to-date version of the language, understanding Java 8 concepts will help you learn Java — no matter which version you are currently on.
5. Java Fundamentals: The Java Language
This is a great Java course for beginners on Pluarlsight. It's not the most up-to-date, it was last updated in December 2015, but all the things it teaches are still relevant.
You learn the basics of Java, including class, object, data types, threads, files, error handling, and other core concepts.
The instructor, Jim Wilson, is an experienced software engineer with more than 30 years of experience under his belt.
In short, this is a good course to learn Java from a beginner's point of view. It provides complete coverage of Java programming and servers, as found for all Java-based development jobs, e.g. server-side development and client-side developing, including Android apps.
By the way, you need a Pluralsight membership to access this course. A monthly subscription costs around $29 per month. But sometimes, Pluarlsight runs promotions where you can get the annual membership for a lot less.
That's all for now on the best courses to learn Java as a beginner. There are a lot of opportunities for Java developers, and once you know Java, you will be in high demand. You just choose your domain; there will be no shortage of opportunity in the software development world.
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