I have just started to begin my endless journey through computer programming. I figured I would start with Java, since everybody I talk to seems to think it is the hottest language to learn. I am beginning to take a look at the job market just to get an idea of what opportunities are out there. Not that I am even remotely able to begin applying at this time. I must say I am blown away at how many jobs are out there. While looking on the Internet I see so many abbreviations. I have no idea what the employer is talking about. Can anyone help with all the abbreviations? Java GUI, Java Swing, Java beans, Java ODD, Java API's, Java UML, Java Servlets, Java DBC, Java RMI, JSP, JNDI, JDBC, JTS. When I finally figure this stuff out and decide to start applying for my first job in programming, should I do it myself or go through a recruiter? I want to take a class in Oracle. Which side will more employers be looking for database or development? I also need to make a decision between taking SQL or VB. I know I have more questions to ask, unfortunately I cannot think of all of them now. If anybody would like to e-mail me some advice it would be greatly appreciated. Demoore2@excite.com Thank you.
Ever given thought to a 4-year Computer Science degree? Too long a time? The only thing you have in your favor is the demand for programmers. Especially in Visual Basic and Java. If you want to get a job in Java (better than in VB) then at least you should get Certified by Sun preferably with a near perfect score in the exam. If you were a programmer already it would be less difficult to convince an employer to "give you a chance" in Java. If you're not, then it will be more difficult although not impossible. Again, because of the present demand.
Tony Alicea Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD