I am a mainframe developer with 9+ years developing COBOL, DB2, IMS & CICS apps. I've decided to revamp my skills toward JAVA and web technologies. I'm currently learning JAVA (IDE JBuilder) at home using several Java books, feeding myself on the net for JAVA reference (hence JavaRanch) and now deciding to buckle down and prepare myself for SUN certification. After researching several JAVA discussions on certification it seems it will certainly help my cause in finding my first JAVA development gig? I'm also hoping my programming experience (albiet structured) will help my transition into my first JAVA position? Any input or direction on my JAVA ventures would be greatly appreciated. I am stoked about venturing into OOP and saying my goodbye's to the my Jurasiac Park Legacy skills. Thank you - Mychal
First - I suggest you ditch JBuilder. Peter van der Linden says it best in his Just Java book. Something about quoting yoda: "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it rule your destiny" Learn Java first. Then use JBuilder if you must. Next - you are wise to seek certification. That will help. Some other people have also suggested that you create an applet or two to demonstrate your skills. Make them available on a web page. If you have done all that, you should be able to land a gig paying $60,000.
Thank you Paul. I guess forget the JAVA IDE for now? Is Visual Cafe the IDE majority? Might you have a recommendation on a non GUI editor (NOTEPAD, DOS ...)? Also, although I've no work experience in JAVA how much weight do you feel my mainframe development experience will help me get my foot in the door with JAVA once certified (it's not like I've no programming experience)? Thank you again for your guidence. Mychal -
The mainframe experience might help out with big companies doing big java projects. As for an IDE: There are lots of free editors out there. That's a big area for debate. There is an all Java editor that you might want to try called jEdit. Personally, I use a commercial editor called slick edit.