Improve your Java Skills, One Step At A Time

Learn modern Java programming through practical screencasts that take you from YOUR current skill level to the next level. In your own pace, at any time you want.

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Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by the thousands of options available to learn some more Java? Or by the lack of direction?

Are you simply looking to learn new skills to improve your career?

With busy days like these in the office, you don't have much time to waste, do you?

This could be YOU. Just a little bit smarter than before.

Don't you just feel overwhelmed...?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner, who knows nothing about Java and wants to build his first projects. Or, if you are a working developer and simply want to educate yourself to stay ahead of the game.

You literally have a thousand overwhelming options available to you: books, tutorial sites, stackoverflow, bootcamps, video tutorials, youtube etc. And to make things worse, often times, you are simply lacking direction: What should I be looking at next?

What about books?

Isn't it a warm and fuzzy feeling to have to plow through a reference book of 480 pages, with a nice glass of red wine in your spare time, just to get your build system up and running - and you haven't even coded anything yet?

But in all seriousness, how do you know what books to read in the first place? Do you want to spend the time reading multiple books on the same topic just to find a few useful tidbits? Why read a whole book if you are only interested in certain parts of it? And don't books often lack real-world code examples?

What about tutorial sites?

Yes, there is a ton of tutorial sites out there. Ranging from the very simple copy & paste solution sites, to more advanced knowledge sites. And to be completely honest with you, the latter ones do have some really good content.

But still, you have to scan through walls of text, never quite know if the code examples on the sites work, have difficulty reproducing certain steps because you simply don't SEE what the author did. And rarely is there a heavy focus on what YOU want to know and what YOUR current skill level is.

Or Coding Schools? Bootcamps?

I suppose, that's where coding schools or bootcamps come in. But first of all they are most often entirely focused on absolute beginners, so not suited for you if you are already a working programmer.

And then you have to make a (huge) money and time commitment for 2-3 months - in exchange for a more or less guaranteed job placement (which I cannot guarantee btw!). In any case, quite the commitment, huh?

Aha, so video tutorials are the solution?

So after all being said and if you are a visual learner like me, you might think that video tutorials come to your rescue. And even better yet, there are already a ton of video tutorials our there. Even free ones on sites like youtube. So just tune in and be happy...or?

Boy, do most video tutorials make me want to fall asleep - if I don't shut them off first because of the bad sound quality, hard to understand accents or complete lack of content plan. And then the videos get fluffed up with powerpoint slides or bullet points lists to make them "look" meatier.

Well, with my screencasts, I can promise you a couple of things:

  • No boring Powerpoint slides, diagrams and charts

  • No endless bullet point lists (apart from this one ;) )

  • No messed up sounds, no noises, and a pleasant voice to listen to

  • No academic theory

  • Instead: real-life code and workflow (using IntelliJ) from my years of experience as a software consultant

Sounds interesting?

Wait a minute: What are your credentials !?

At this point you might be wondering: "who is that guy? And why should I trust him". The truth is, I don't want to puff myself up and tell you I am the greatest and best programmer/teacher out there, blah blah blah. I'm a big fan of show, don't tell.

The only thing I want to tell you is that what might make this site different, is the focus on "you", the person who wants to learn. Because I really thrive when I can help people out and see THEM drive.

Enough talk, if you want to have a look for yourself, check out my profiles on Quora, Reddit or Coderanch, read some articles or, yes, why don't you just watch some free screencasts? That should give you all the info you ned.

Last but not least

While creating this site it was important for me that you could do the learning at your pace, on your own time, and can come back anytime you want. That the content comes in small, interesting pieces, not hour-long, boring lecture-like videos.

That the episodes and courses are specifically tailored to your skill level. That you can easily find topics that interest you and enjoy the content on your mobile phone, your pc, your laptop, anywhere you want, really.

That you get smarter after every single episode.

And yes, talking business, that also includes no long term commitments and the possibility to cancel anytime you want, if you are fed up with my videos (I truly hope you'll never be!)

It is your choice now

Still, even after everything being said, my screencasts might not be the best fit for you and I am fully aware of that. Maybe you truly hate video tutorials, maybe you are just a gluttong for books or know exactly how to find your own path without my help. But in any case, by now you should have a very good picture of what this site is about and how it can or cannot help you. So why don't you just give it a try and:

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