How experienced should I be at java to start making plugins?

Discussion in 'Plugin Development' started by Mobster Mike, Apr 12, 2013.

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    Mobster Mike

    I wanted to develop my own plugin, I'm uncertain if I know enough java to do so, I'm currently on the essential classes portion of Oracle's java tutorial.
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    depends what you want to do. You could start making some simple plugins but you won't be able to do anything to complex without knowing a lot about java.
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    Not necessarily true. I started off making plugins 8-9 months ago, knowing next to nothing about coding or Java at all. Now I'm doing stuff with Bukkit I could never have even dreamed about before, all it takes is time and determination. Granted, to do some more complex stuff, general Java knowledge is required, but doing most things with the Bukkit API is isn't too difficult for beginners.

    Mobster Mike

    Just start on the Bukkit tutorial from the Wiki, and work from there. Set a goal for yourself, and learn about Bukkit and Java by working from there.
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    I started coding with bukkit before I even learned Java:) Bukkit actually taught me a little java which made me want to learn more. I think that anyone with a good comprehension can code with bukkit with the bare minimals of java. Plugins mostly consist of:​

    if/else statements​
    try/catch statements​
    the bukkit api​
    simple variables​
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    HackintoshMan Is mostly right, there. I learnt Bukkit API before learning some basic Java things, I guess I skipped to the harder stuff then starting on the easier stuff..
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    Mobster Mike
    If you have a little knowledge about basic programming then I say just jump in!:) If you get stuck, there are many examples that may fit your needs... most of it is perfectly usable. You'll gain additional experience in learning how to incorporate the examples into your own plugin. And... there are always people here willing to point you in the right direction.
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