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I completed the Developer exam a number of months back. I have not been getting alot of worthwhile Java experience in my current role, but any Java job adds (in Sydney at least) are for J2EE.

Problem is I need to leave current role to get worthwhile Java experience, but do not have J2EE experience.
Since completion of the Developer exam, I have done some independant work on JDBC, JavaBeans, Networking/RMI etc, so I feel comfortable with these areas which are outside the developer exam.

One option I am thinking about is doing the new Sun Certified Business Component Developer exam to get some enterprise knowhow at least.
However I do not want to end up with a string of certifications and little experience.

As many opinions on this as possible would be appreciated.

Thanks

Hugh
 
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What is "current role"?
 
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End up doing mostly developmental testing in C/Perl/VBA and some Java
 
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One option, to gain some practical experience and be able to show it to prospective employers, is to set up a website for yourself using JSP, Servlets etc.

You get to try out new stuff, and any interview you go to, you can show them exactly what you are capable of doing.

Something as simple as writing your own guest book could get you started, as long as it is database backed. Once you have that, you can try adding in hibernate, struts or whatever.

Just as a matter of interest, How is the J2EE market for experienced developers in Sydney? Melbourne?

good luck mate.

Sonny
[ August 20, 2004: Message edited by: Sonny Gill ]
 
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