Back to the Study: Java and Artificial Intelligence


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It looks like my brain will get a workout for quite a while. Since it's been awhile since I last designed and worked with Java, I thought it be about time to review. I plan to review it from the bottom up. I'm reading a beginner's book on Java. Why? It's to refresh on all the small things and concepts that I may be rusty in remembering. After finishing the book (currently I'm 8/13 chapters done), I'm going to read the famous "Java Complete Reference" to get up to speed on the more advance topics.

Since I am reviewing Java, I've been thinking about getting certification too. It's hitting 2 birds with one stone. The only thing holding me back is the price. The exam is $330 USD. So by that, it's quite expensive. I am unemployed at the moment so that's a pretty steep price but I know how useful it'll be once I get that. Hopefully I'll find a way to get a discount so at least it won't be as high.

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*Infomercial Voice* But that's not all! Yes that is not all. Just recently, I heard that Stanford is offering a free class on Artificial Intelligence. I have no formal education on AI. My knowledge on AI from my thesis was mostly through self-study. I am still very much interested with it so there was no reason not to take it. It's a wonderful opportunity to get a formal training on AI.

You just can't learn AI on the spot. There are also some prerequisite subjects or topics to learn. I have had most of the topics covered but still I will have to review it. Luckily, there is a huge group of people on Reddit who are sharing information and study guides, etc. The class has 150,000 students so I hope I do well enough. (AI Class Site)

Thanks to Stanford for offering such a program. Also, Thanks to LinkedIn's group on AI because through someone there I found out about this. I will have to ask if it's okay to put his name here (will update this). Thanks also to my good friend Richie Panganiban for answering a hell lot of my questions regarding the Java exam. Kudos to him for passing the exam!

An exciting few weeks ahead!