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Getting started in a career using Java

 
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Hi,
I was just wondering what experiences, and what you would have done differently if you could, about getting a career in Java.
How did you get started? What in your experience has been the best thing you've learnt and what tips would you give someone trying to get into Java?
 
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Develop business skills. Becomes good at oral and written communications. be able to talk to customers. Focus on the business problem, not the technology. Know the software development is more than just coding.
Always continue to learn.
Whenever you encounter a problem (from a bug to a bad design), don't simply fix it, ask why it happened and how you can prevent similar mistakes in the future.
--Mark
 
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Thanks Mark,
It interesting how easy it is getting caught up in the whole "learning a language", without sending time on the other skills you mention, but can you express these skills in a CV? When all agencies want to know is if you've got 2 years J2SE, 2 years J2EE, 2 years .Net etc. The usual job spec, wanting you to have used every technology for at least 2 years.
My plan is to study for my JCP exam (to show that I am at least at that level using Java) and then work on some Open Source projects that I can mention on my CV, hopefully this will show on my CV that I do know Java and I have used it, even though it's not the standard "2 years commercial experience" that's on all job spec's.
But thanks for your advice, they are definately things that need to be considered by all developers/programmers.
 
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Originally posted by Stephen Adams:

It interesting how easy it is getting caught up in the whole "learning a language", without sending time on the other skills you mention, but can you express these skills in a CV?


Directly? Not easily. Indirectly, it's very clear.
On some versions of my resume I have included at the summary section at the top (where I have been known to throw in buzzwords to pass a dumb filter, as much as I hate that) I've included statements like "written over 450 pages of documentation." But for the most part, it's hard to say "I can understand the business requirements for software projects."
Fortunately, if you do, and you have a company in which you can take on additional responsibility based on your capabilities, your projects will read less like "...then I implemented MVC pattern for the table display" and more like "analyzed marketing's requirements and proposed and implemented a..."
--Mark
 
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