Hi, I am recently Java certified (with the help of this site!) and will be looking for work as a Java programmer in the Washington D.C. area. I've worked with Oracle (some dba, lots of pl/sql and sql, some Perl) for a small college over the past year and a half. My past background is academic in the humanities (Ph.D., ancient Greek and Roman literature). In the last couple of months I've written several JDBC applications interfacing with Sybase, Oracle, and MSSQl server systems, including a Gui application that can also be loaded as an applet. I'll soon complete a Jsp/JavaBean combo to enable student address updates, and I hope soon to finish some of those Sun tutorials in EJB and corba, with perhaps another little EJB/Jdbc project to show for it. I've also read a little book about UML. I have, however, no other programming experience, and have taken no Java courses, seminars, etc. What are my chances of getting a job as a junior member of an OO team using jsp, servlets, or ejb in the D.C. (or any other) area? Should I hold out for the better job, or should I jump at the nearest opportunity? And what, in these last hurried couple of months, might I profit best from learning? The basics of XML? More HTML than I currently know (a personal webpage written on Notepad)? UML by means of TogetherJ or Rational? Or more Java?
posted 20 years ago
Here's my practical question: would the odds be good that I could land a Java position in the course of a week of full-time interviewing in the D.C. area, or am I best to look first for a 1- or 2-month Oracle programmer/dba position and to hunker down for a longer search for the Java? (I'd rather do the former, of course!)
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