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prem saggar
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Hello, I'm trying to learn J2EE. I just graduated from college with a degree in computer science. I also am a SCJP 1.4. I hoped that being certified and having a degree would help me get a job. But I've had no such luck.
I have seen that there are jobs for J2EE developers, especially developers skilled in EJB. I have been trying to learn EJB, but it's hard. Anyhow, I have been reading books and tutorials, and I'm finding it very difficult to learn J2EE. You guys have any suggestions?
Also, are a lot of companies using J2EE? Or are they using other technologies? I'm wondering if a lot of them are just using servlets and jsp but not EJB do to their complexity, and apperant price with mainstream application servers? I hope JBoss gets to be a real force as as a J2EE application server, but who knows what will happen.
So any suggestions? Should I continue with J2EE? You think learing MS technologies is a better idea? Thanks so much, Prem.
 
Mark Herschberg
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My $.02
Learning J2EE is good because it makes your better rounded in your Java knowledge. However, if someone with little or no work experience thinks that learning J2EE is the key to getting a Java job, you're in trouble. There are thousands of unemployed people with J2EE experience. J2EE knowledge, while helpful (possibly even marginally helpful in getting you a job) is no silver bullet.

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prem saggar
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Thanks so much Mark. I really appreciate your help. I'm so lost on these topics. It was very nice of you to reply to my post.
I hate to bother you again, but you said learning J2EE is not a silver bullet. Does this mean that there are no silver bullets to getting a job with no experience? Is there no technology that can do it?
Do you have any suggestions as to what a young inexperienced computer science major should learn? I really am lost :roll: with all this and any help would be appreciated. Thank you again, Mark. Prem
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Chris Mathews
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Starting out, the most important thing that you need is experience under your belt. You can't afford to be picky about your job search. If you limit your search to one technology, such as Java, then you are in for a rough ride.
J2EE skills (or lack thereof) should have no bearing on who gets hired for a Junior Developer position. In these positions, learning potential is much more important than knowledge. I don't expect some recent College Grad to know J2EE, however I do expect them to be hard workers and good learners.
Best advice I can give you is to keep applying for jobs, just don't blindly send out your resume. Spend some time targeting your resume for the position that you are applying for and just keep hacking away. Eventually the chips have to fall, then it will be up to you to deliver.
 
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