Dead Iguana Found In Freezer Of Florida Pizza Parlor

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — File it under pizza toppings only offered in Florida. State inspectors found an 80-pound (36-kilogram) iguana stashed in the freezer at a local pizza joint.

Pizza Mambo in West Palm Beach was forced to close for a day last week following the inspection by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The restaurant could not be reached for comment, but an employee told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the reptile was given as a personal gift to the owner. It was stored in a separate freezer away from the restaurant’s food and was immediately trashed after they were informed it was a violation.

Non-native iguanas are multiplying so rapidly in South Florida that a state wildlife agency has been encouraging people to kill them. Iguanas aren’t dangerous or aggressive to humans, but they damage seawalls, sidewalks, landscape foliage and can dig lengthy tunnels. The males can grow to at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) long and weigh nearly 20 pounds (9 kilograms) and female iguanas can lay nearly 80 eggs a year.

The reptile is considered a delicacy by some. One company even makes iguana sausages and burgers.

More than half of U.S. election officials could be vulnerable to email phishing scams

With less than 100 days left until what’s likely to be one of the most contentious and consequential presidential elections in modern history, experts are tallying up the potential for interference. 

Not only is the incumbent deliberately setting up the election as compromised before it begins, baselessly casting doubt on the integrity and security of mail-in voting (despite using it himself), but there are actual real-life vulnerabilities to be concerned about too.

A new report from cybersecurity provider Area 1 reviewed the emails of over 12,000 U.S. election administrators, who manage election processes that vary hugely from state to state, as part of a highly decentralized national network — creating what the official report describes as, in a partially-censored sentence, “a cluster[redacted] of vulnerability.” 

The report raises concerns that significant numbers of state and local administrators are potentially vulnerable to email phishing attacks that could give hackers access to systems involved in the running of elections.

The report found:

The majority (53.24 percent) of state and local election administrators have only rudimentary or non-standard technologies to protect themselves from phishing

Less than 3 out of 10 (28.14 percent) election administrators have basic controls to prevent phishing

Less than 2 out of 10 (18.61 percent) election administrators have implemented advanced anti-phishing cybersecurity controls.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, officials in some counties were also using email clients that have been targeted by hackers in the past. 

Some use non-enterprise email clients “designed for personal use,” or worse, their own personal email addresses. Others, including officials in Michigan, Maine, Missouri, and New Hampshire, run their own custom servers on a version of mail transfer agent Exim with a critical vulnerability that’s been targeted by hackers linked to Russian intelligence.

Addresses in some cases also have slightly less-than-official vibes, like “haveknifewilltravel” and an Indiana county network admin nicknamed “nigerian-prince.” Cute. 

The report’s careful not to condemn the administrators themselves for the vulnerabilities, praising them for doing the work to keep the wheels of democracy turning. But, as the executive summary notes, the data “does reveal that diffuseness and complexity in election administration does nothing to ensure elections are free from cyberattacks” and that’s a lot of little holes to patch. We know we have the tools to fix these things and make elections more secure — but counties need enough funding to facilitate voting both safely and securely during a pandemic and a tense political climate.

“The biggest danger in my view is not actual vote changing,” former White House cybersecurity official J. Michael Daniel told the WSJ. “That’s actually really hard to do at scale in a way that would actually have a significant impact. But what you would be concerned about is undermining people’s confidence. It starts to raise these questions about what you can trust.”

Florida systems were breached in 2016, and Microsoft has also reported that it had blocked hacking attempts on three congressional candidates in the 2018 midterms. President Trump earlier this year took credit for an attack on a Russian troll farm on the day of these midterms, and there were been multiple reports of hacking attempts that year, successful or otherwise, on candidates and county networks from California, Missouri, and Florida. There have also been hacking attempts on both the Trump and Biden campaigns this year.

Elections administrators who are concerned by the report are being urged to contact Area 1 for more details. And the report’s #1 recommendation for the 2020 election? “Vote!”

There’s nowhere for dirt to hide with this flexible vacuum cleaner

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The Shark corded stick vacuum cleaner is on sale for £149.99 on Amazon.
The Shark corded stick vacuum cleaner is on sale for £149.99 on Amazon.

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TL;DR: The Shark corded stick vacuum cleaner is on sale for £149.99 on Amazon, saving you 40% on list price.


There are some tricky spots in the house that happily collect dust and grime, and somehow manage to avoid all cleaning attempts. Shark is doing everything it can to tackle this frustrating situation, and its corded stick vacuum cleaner might hold the answer. 

It uses a flexible wand that bends to clean hard-to-reach places and folds for compact storage, meaning that dirt has nowhere to hide. The extended reach wand and included attachments also mean that curtains, ceilings, and high surfaces are in reach.

You can now pick up the Shark corded stick vacuum cleaner for £149.99 on Amazon. This is down by 40% on list price, saving you £100. This deal is only available until midnight on July 27, so you’ll need to act fast to avoid disappointment. You have officially been warned.

This impressive model comes with a generous five-year manufacturer’s guarantee for complete peace of mind. You shouldn’t need it, but it’s nice to have.

Save £100 on this flexible vacuum cleaner.

Andy Samberg talks to Desus and Mero about releasing ‘Palm Springs’ during the pandemic

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Look, everyone’s not quite fine right now, and you can tell by the tone everyone responds to that dreaded question: “How are you?” That includes Desus and Mero, and Andy Samberg, who was interviewed by the Showtime stars on Sunday about his new film Palm Springs.

“You know we’re lying because our voices, they pitch up a little bit when you bullshit, like, ‘Ahh nah, we’re good. Yeah, world’s going fine. Everything’s fine,‘ said The Kid Mero in the chat’s kickoff.

Samberg talked to Desus and Mero about starring in Hulu’s most-streamed movie ever (“out of three whole movies”), and why they released it during lockdown instead of waiting for a cinema release à la Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. “We talked about it and it’s becoming clear to everybody in our business we have no fucking clue when it’s gonna come back,” he said. “So there was a real discussion and Hulu was bullish about it, they wanted to put it out now in summer, and knowing people would be at home and streaming more. Given the subject matter of the movie, there’s like a ‘stuck in a loop’ nature to it, so I just put my trust in them and it seems like it’s working.”

Samberg also talked about the fact that the entertainment industry is all about pitching animated projects right now over Zoom, about being with his family during lockdown, and which hip hop album he’d take to a…lonely…island. Ah.

Palm Springs is now streaming on Hulu.

Pentagon’s UFO task force to begin releasing official sightings

The Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) Task Force, a team dedicated to investigating sightings from the US’s Department of Defense (DoD), will make some of its findings public. The group will release some of its findings twice a year with interest in UFO sightings growing.

However, the group is not looking at potential alien activity, but rather “any links [UFOs] have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to US military assets and installations,” according to a report published in the New York Times.

Just last week, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the Government was concerned another country like China or Russia could have made “some technological leap,” following several official UFO sightings.

Headlines were made across the globe in 2017 when US Navy radar footage of a mystery object with “glowing aura” and flying erratically was leaked to the public.

The debate over UFOs reached fever pitch when the footage emerged of what some called an alien craft.

One particular instance details footage from a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, a twin-engined fighter, showing an unidentified aircraft surrounded by a glowing

The object travelled at a high speed and rotated as it moved – the pilots onboard are captured as saying “there’s a whole fleet of them”.

Instances such as this seem to have prompted UAP to up the ante, although, once again, it is more concerned about possible rival technology rather than alien visitors.

The pilot who had the mysterious encounter in 2017, Chad Underwood, recently spoke out to reiterate the unusual behaviour of the craft which flew against strong winds while it was rotating which is seen in the leaked video.

He told New York Magazine’s Intelligencer in December: “You’re not going to see it with your own eyes until probably 10 miles, and then you’re not going to be able to visually track it until you’re probably inside of five miles, which is where [commanding officer, who first made visual confirmation of the UFO,] Dave Fravor said that he saw it.

Near death experience: Man felt like he was in outer space following brush with death

While there is no conclusive proof of an afterlife, many people believe they have experience in crossing over to ‘the other side’. One such person who claims to have experienced the supposed afterlife is a man named Battushig. Following complications during surgery, Battushig believes he slipped over to the afterlife in a near-death experience (NDE).

While he was there, Battushig said it was like experiencing being in outer space, yet his mind worked faster than it had ever done in his life, before being resuscitated.

Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Battushig said: “I was wondering if anyone else could see the smoke or fog?

“It was like I was in a pitch dark, outer space-like environment. Yet, I wondered if there was a light somewhere? I don’t know.

“I was floating with peace of mind and nothing to worry about. My mind worked faster than anything, yet I couldn’t feel my legs or hands.

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Near death experience: Man felt like he was in outer space following brush with death (Image: GETTY)

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“Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning. There was no time.” (Image: GETTY)

“Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning. There was no time.”

Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.

“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.

READ MORE: Life after death: Woman opens up about ‘speaking to God’

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“It was like I was in a pitch dark, outer space-like environment. Yet, I wondered if there was a light somewhere? I don’t know.” (Image: GETTY)

“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.

“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”

Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.

He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.

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“Death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”. (Image: GETTY)

Dr Parnia added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”

As many as one in 10 people who have had a brush with death have reported an NDE, and often come away feeling euphoric – some with a newfound sense of religion and the afterlife.

However, one expert has now revealed that NDE’s are not a sign of heaven, but rather it is the brain, which is running out of energy, desperately scanning for a solution to impending death.

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences. They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.

“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, precepts and experiences are an ineluctable consequence of the natural causal powers of our brain rather than of any supernatural ones.”

End of the world: Bible’s ‘hidden’ 2021 doomsday prophecy exposed after ‘code cracked’

The Bible code, also known as the Torah code, is an alleged set of encoded words hidden within the Hebrew text of the Torah, that according to its proponents, have seemingly predicted significant historical events. Christianity and Judaism share the first five books of the Bible, which also make up the Torah – known as the five books of Moses, and a number of rabbis, priests, mathematicians and professors have claimed within the original Hebrew versions of these sacred texts are secret messages left by God. They attribute some of the biggest events in history to have been prophesied in these texts, including the election of Donald Trump, the Holocaust, the destruction of the World Trade Centre on 9/11, and the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner by Iran in January.

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The hidden code is said to have been cracked centuries ago by mathematically selecting letters from the texts which appear to create words, but was populated by the documentary ‘The Torah Codes: End to Darkness’ by filmmaker Richard Shaw in 2015.

Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson – who featured in Shaw’s film – continues to study the so-called code, regularly uploading his findings to YouTube which appear to offer insight into world events.

But in January he went one step further, uploading a video to his 10,000 subscribers claiming Iran will develop a nuclear weapon in 2020.

He explained that he had apparently discovered that the texts contain the phrases “Iran Atomic” and this year – which in the traditional Hebrew calendar is 5780.

A rabbi has claimed the world will end next year

A rabbi has claimed the world will end next year (Image: GETTY)

The code is said to have predicted Donald Trump's election

The code is said to have predicted Donald Trump’s election (Image: GETTY)

Perhaps more worryingly, in one of his latest videos he claims the the end times are predicted for 2021, adding that the prophecy can be found in the Book of Leviticus.

Rabbi Glazerson said in January: “It is a very interesting and significant table.

“Hoping we will soon have Messiah coming and he will finish and burn out the enemies of Israel.

“And then peace and quiet will come to the whole world.”

Researchers have been using a special programme called SofSofTorah to trawl through the pages of the holy book for some time now.

READ MORE: End of the world: Isaac Newton’s biblical prediction exposed… and it’s not far off

The code uses mathematical calculations

The code uses mathematical calculations (Image: YOUTUBE)

They claim this is helping them piece together information and prophecies being delivered to them from God.

It was developed by Dr Alexander Roetenburg, who has a PhD in mathematics, and computer scientist Professor Robert Haralick.

Using this piece of software, analysts have been able to trawl through the ancient texts and present their findings from the so-called code.

Judaism’s end of days heralds the coming of the Jewish Messiah ushering in the kingdom of God who will apparently rule during the Messianic Age which will see the end of the world as we know it.

Rabbi Glazerson believes the current end of days process began in 2016 – and will end in 2021.

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Rabbi Glazerson made an outrageous claim

Rabbi Glazerson made an outrageous claim (Image: YOUTUBE)

Scholars have been studying texts in the BIble

Scholars have been studying texts in the BIble (Image: GETTY)

The academic’s most view clips include predictions of Donald Trump’s election months before polling day.

Torah Codes filmmaker Mr Shaw died last June at the age of 65, and was still investigating the code before his passing.

Before his death, in interviews promoting the film he claimed Glazerson had found the name of his production company “Pinlight” buried in the codes.

Mr Shaw said: “The books of the Bible were originally given with no spaces between the words and no punctuation.

“The text almost looks like computer code because of the way it was written down. With today’s computers, we can decode some of its mysteries.”

Dr Eliyahu Rips, a Torah codes researcher who became the first to use computers, previously said: “We cannot pretend that we have a full grasp of it but using the means at our disposal we can see it is real.”

Rabbi Glazerson said the world will end next year

Rabbi Glazerson said the world will end next year (Image: GETTY)

The rabbi predicted Iran would develop a nuclear bomb

The rabbi predicted Iran would develop a nuclear bomb (Image: GETTY)

His team published a paper on their findings as researchers continue to produce a steady stream of reported predictions and links the world events.

Codes are said to be found in the Torah in diagonal strips across the text, or in columns in the original Hebrew.

These are known as Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS) – taking a letter and then jumping the same numbers of letter across the page to unearth the code.

The second form of messages are known as Code Cylinders, these are formed by reading vertical strips in the text that form words.

Both of these two forms read together are what make up the so-called Torah Codes in “tables”.

Software is used to make the study of these easier, with all of Rabbi Glazerson’s findings being presented on a computerised version of the Torah.

The primary objection against Bible codes is that information theory does not prohibit “noise” from appearing to be sometimes meaningful. 

If data chosen for ELS experiments are intentionally or unintentionally “cooked” before the experiment is defined, similar patterns can be found in texts other than the Torah. 

Although the probability of an ELS in a random place being a meaningful word is small, there are so many possible starting points and skip patterns that many such words can be expected to appear.

Critics add that it is also possible to “tune” an ELS experiment to achieve a result which appears to exhibit patterns that overcome the level of noise.

Louisiana Man Faces Charges For Swimming In Sporting Goods Store Fish Tank

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana were able to reel in a man captured on video swimming through a fish tank at a sporting goods store.

Kevin Wise, 26, told KSLA-TV that he plunged into the indoor aquarium at a Bass Pro Shop in Bossier City last week to follow through on a promise he made to followers on the social media platform TikTok.

“I said that if I got 2,000 likes I would jump in the tank,” Wise said. “I got way more than that and didn’t want to be a liar.”

A video captured by shopper Treasure McGraw showed Wise swimming through the tank before climbing out and running from the store with wet clothes.

“We heard a big splash and I thought it was one of the fish,” McGraw told the news outlet. “My fiancé was like ‘somebody is in the tank’ and we saw the guy swimming.”

Bass Pro Shops filed a complaint with the Bossier City Police Department Friday, saying it cost them money to empty out the 13,000 gallon aquarium and clean it after Wise’s swim, KTAL-TV reported.

Wise was charged with simple criminal damage to property and released with a citation to appear in court, police said.

He told KSLA-TV he planned on continuing to make videos for his followers, but cautioned others against doing similar “spur of the moment” pranks.

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Swab tests are looking pretty different these days. But you can still take one for the sake of knowing more about your ancestry if you choose (and it doesn’t go up your nose, either). Whether you want to figure out if you’re from royal lineage or discover the unique breakdown of your mutt’s mixed breeds, these DNA kits can get you the intel you need. Take your pick:

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Living DNA Full Ancestry DNA Kit

Featured in The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, Living DNA offers a full ancestry kit that helps you uncover your ancestry from 80,000 years ago until recent times. It delivers results for over 150 regions, allowing you to experience your ancestry at different points through history and discover the migration paths of your distant relatives. How cool is that? Get it on sale for $75.99.

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This test was specifically designed to assist you in making healthier choices. It examines the influence your genes may have on how you process vitamins and minerals from food and even delivers a personalized vitamin plan that you incorporate in your routine. For a limited time, it’s on sale for $38.99.

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With a simple cheek swab, this test will help you get to know your little four-legged friend better. Just under two weeks after sending in the sample, you’ll receive detailed reports that indicate your dog’s unique characteristics, from its personality traits and DNA composition to its specific breed mix and predisposition to disease. You can grab it on sale for $59.99

But if you want more than just an overview of your dog’s characteristics, there’s also an option to get a full genetic screening which offers a report that lists down all the breeds found in your dog’s DNA by percentage, as well as a custom results certificate and comprehensive report of your furry friend’s genetic health risks and physical traits. Get it on sale for $178.99.

How to learn Java: These are the best online courses

Whether you’re a total newbie or an experienced coder who wants to brush up on your skills, we’ve rounded up the best online courses for this in-demand programming language.

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Learning to code can be a game-changer for your career. Java is one of the most popular programming languages out there, so it’s a great place to start, and online learning is the way to go these days.

Java is one of the most widely-used programming languages in the world. It’s the most in-demand programming language in the job market, according to CodingNomads’ assessment of Indeed.com job listings.

So what is Java? 

Java is an object oriented programming language used just about everywhere in the world of computing. Android apps, many financial groups, Airbnb and Uber all use Java. 

Java is an excellent place to start if you’re new to programming, because it’s explicit and easy to read, its strict coding rules leave less room for mistakes, and its syntax is similar to other languages, making for a smooth transition if you’re planning to round out your education by learning other programming languages in the future. 

There are plenty of online courses for beginners, as well as classes to help experienced coders learn new skills. Online courses are a great way to beef up your resume and to show future employers that you’re proactive in your skill development. 

The benefits of learning web development online are virtually endless. You’ll be learning at your own pace, and you can log on to complete modules any time of the day or night. This is ideal if you’re working full time, have kids, or your schedule is already packed. Many online courses are credited by esteemed universities, and taught by leaders in the computer programming field.

How do I get the most out of a Java course?

The best way to learn new coding skills is by doing. Coding takes much more than reading and memorization. It’s something you’ll want to play around and experiment with after you learn each new skill. Prioritize using exercises as a way to get the most out of your class.

It’s also very important to pay attention when learning the fundamentals. The more advanced aspects of coding will come easier if you know the basics like the back of your hand. 

Once you’re comfortable with Java, you’ll be able to look for positions as a web or application developer, a software developer, a database administrator, and so much more. Even if you’re not looking for a job in programming, knowing how to code is a huge plus on any resume.

Here are the best online courses we found for learning Java coding:


Estimated as a 5 month class • Offered by Duke University • Earn a shareable certificate upon completion
Moves quickly • Assignments are lengthy
If you’re new to Java, this fundamentals class will help you get acquainted.
Offered by Coursera, this class focuses on the fundamentals as you get started on your path towards becoming a developer. With a focus on core concepts, this class also teaches you how to think like a programmer. You’ll start building a portfolio of work to share with interviewers as you complete this course at your own pace.
This is a five-course series, and starts with the foundations of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. By the end of the class, you’ll understand how to design algorithms and how to test and debug your programs.
The course brags that 62% of students started a new career after taking this class, and 17% received a pay increase or promotion. One reviewer on ClassCentral reported:

“It is apparent that the Duke Course team has put in enormous effort into creating this course (and other courses in the series). They are challenging and intensive despite the friendly and fun vibe that instructors always give during their video presentations. The learning experience has been very good with all the courses in this specialization.”


Course is estimated to take about four months • Five to 10 hours of work per week • Focus on concepts as well as fundamentals
Intermediate knowledge is recommended • Experience tends to depend on instructor
This may be one of the best online learning experiences out there, and its focus on community and mentorship is great.

If you have intermediate coding knowledge, but are looking to deepen your understanding of Java, this one’s for you. You’ll work on real-world projects while getting acquainted with data stores, the differences between web services, APIs, and microservices, as well as learning about Git, version control and best practices for authorization and authentication. It’s a portfolio builder for sure.
The best thing about Udacity’s Java Developer Nanodegree Program is that you’ll have your very own mentor to answer your questions and to help you troubleshoot, day or night. It helps to have support at your fingertips when learning something new. Personalized feedback on projects and assignments help to get your coding skills into tip-top shape. At the end of the program, you’ll receive a certificate, or nanodegree, which may help open doors to graduates’ entry-level positions. The company’s career-coaching platform helps with that, too. 


Community access and support • Learning roadmaps to guide your education • Fun and hands-on
Not incredibly challenging • No certificate • Additional learning may be desired.
This course will direct you on a map to learning basics to more detailed expertise.

3. Java Basics

Treehouse’s A-to-Z approach is a great system for online classes, especially when it comes to learning to code.

In this 133-minute course you will learn everything you need in order to build an interactive command line program in Java. It’s a fun way to learn by doing, as you’ll be coding an interactive game, as well as using the console to interact with users. By the end of the course, you’ll have written your first program in Java, putting you on the path to becoming a Java developer.
Treehouse will set you on a learning path to guide you from an introduction to Java code to mastering the language. The subscription-based platform will suggest each next class for you to take, and you’ll have access to thousands of hours of courses. You’ll get on-demand, expert-led video courses as well as interactive practice sessions and access to an online community of fellow students. 


80 hours of online video • 36 coding exercises • Frequently updated
Not for visual learners • Lengthy lectures. • Not much focus on concepts
Since Buchalka keeps his finger on the pulse of the language’s updates, this is a great refresher for those familiar with Java but out of practice with the most recent releases.

Instructor Tim Buchalka has worked as a software engineer for over 30 years, so who would be better to teach the intricacies of Java? This class is one of Udemy’s most popular, with more than 400,000 students currently enrolled. The intensive class spans over 356 lectures and 76 hours in total. 
The class focuses on the programming skills employers are seeking in job candidates. You’ll learn enough to be able to transition to core Java technologies like Android development, the Spring framework, Java EE, as well as other technologies. This class teaches proficiency in Java 8 and Java 11 and the goal is for you to pass the Oracle Java Certificate exam after completion. The class description touts that some of its students have landed programming jobs even before completing the course.


12 weeks • Free university credited classes • Focused on “good” code
Not for beginners • Only the first of a two-course sequence
This is a thorough intermediate-level course for those looking to deepen their knowledge of software development.
This free class, brought to edX by MIT, will help those already familiar with core Java perfect their code. It’s a challenging online course that will help budding developers take the next step on their way to becoming skilled software engineers. The class focuses on learning to write “good” software, meaning you’ll be challenged to write software that is safe from bugs, easy to understand, and adaptable to future changes.
edX offers a MicroMasters program, enabling students to earn credits toward a masters degree. You can also receive a certificate for your work for $49. 
Reviews for this class are excellent. One reviewer on ClassCentral wrote:

“Excellent course for software developers. The course demonstrated real world problems using real world tools. This is one of the best courses I have taken online.” 


No long-term commitment • Two month free trial • Get to know the very basics
No live q&a • May take time to find the class you need • Additional education may be desired
Skillshare is a great place to find specific tutorials, or to just start your exploration of Java.

This class starts from the very beginning, with the very basics of programming. It’s a great place to learn what coding even means, and whether it’s for you. You’ll gain an understanding of the concepts other beginner classes might assume you already know. The first few minutes of the class explains the first few terms you’ll need to know to understand any programming language. Next, you’ll learn how to safely set up Java, and then get started on some projects. 
Students upload their projects to the site, so you’ll get a peek at what others are coding during the class. It’ll give a bit of a sense of community, and help with brainstorming and thinking like a programmer.
If you’re not quite sure of your level, and you want to test the waters before committing to a class, Skillshare might be the place for you to dip a toe in. There are classes available for beginners as well as for experts looking for specific know-how. Weed through a variety of options, and if one instructor isn’t working for you, move on to the next. Classes span from 15 minutes to over an hour.


The site will recommend courses based on your interests. • Learn on the go on your phone • Show off your skills on your LinkedIn profile by earning badges
No reliable instructor support • May take some weeding to find the best and most recent courses • Some additional education may be needed
This isn’t the place for career-changing education, but is a great way to add new skills to your resume.

Learn Java fundamentals with this 21-hour class that employs the know-how of seven experts in the field. You’ll discover solutions common to Java programming challenges and learn to build mobile, desktop, and web applications in the language. This is also a great tool for businesses looking for a Java class for their team.
LinkedIn Learning offers more than 15,000 expert-led courses, and students will love that the modules and activities can be accessed anytime via computer or phone. The Java tutorials cover all the basics needed to understand core fundamentals of the language, from syntax and flows to problem-solving. You’ll be able to explore complex concepts as well to build upon the basics. One of the most helpful aspects of LinkedIn Learning is that its algorithm will suggest the best classes for you to take next.