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What can i do?

I recently lerned about something called a tutorial trap. I also learned in order to avoid getting stuck there, i should try to come up with things on my own. I've recently completed conditional and i'm going into arrays. But i stopped all that to try and make something on my own. But it feels limiting in what i can do. I'm not sure what kind of program can be made with conditionals and the basics of java and it worries me a lot. I think that i have to get to the more advanced stages of java before i can really do anything major. But a voice keeps telling me that i can do something with what i've learned. I made somewhat of an alarm with it. It stops when it reaches a specific time and tells me a set instruction. But it dosen't feel pleasing as coding normally does. Should i proceed on java or keep trying to figure this out?

26th Mar 2020, 5:35 PM
Ifeoluwa David Adyemi
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You can create a simple calculator or a guessing game using conditional statements. Considering that you are at a very early stage of your learning, I would recommend you to finish atleast till loops and then try doing some creative stuffs on your own.
26th Mar 2020, 5:47 PM
Avinesh
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Don't get flustered because you read a catchy, dramatic line like 'tutorial trap' somewhere! Programming is a quite straightforward thing: You want a computer to do a certain task, so you write a program that makes it do that. The only thing you need to do is pick yourself *any* programming project, whatever sounds interesting and doable. Doesn't have to be big or difficult either. With every program you finish, you'll be able to do a bit more. Gradually try slightly more complex things, as you see fit. Don't force or hurry it. The only thing you should absolutely avoid is *not* writing code. And boiled down, that boy-oh-boy term 'tutorial trap' means just that: Don't stick your nose into study material all the time, forgetting what you actually wanted to do - and that is writing code!
26th Mar 2020, 6:47 PM
HonFu
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Personally, I always find it most motivating when you have something *you* want to do. Like a little application that does something useful in your own daily life. You don't need to know incredibly much for that, if it doesn't have to be pretty, or professional. One of my first projects was a customized calory calculator. That's just something like 150 lines of plain console code. I still use it myself though.
26th Mar 2020, 10:40 PM
HonFu
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Thanks a lot. So i should keep going and trying as i advance in it. Avinesh, you said i can make a guessing game with loops, could you give me a few pointers?
26th Mar 2020, 10:19 PM
Ifeoluwa David Adyemi
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Yes, just write code, whatever feels interesting and doable. It will gradually all fall in place.
26th Mar 2020, 10:21 PM
HonFu
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Try some coding challenges and if you get stuck don't be afraid to look for the solutions, even senior devs google things.
28th Mar 2020, 11:34 AM
Sigma
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