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Alexandru Popescu
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Hi!

When I start using something for the 1st time I always go through the corresponsing spec. After a while working with that technology I resume to look up for some little details or examples in some books (if there are any good books on that matter).

Do you guys follow the same way? 10x (psychological matter :-) )
 
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Please this forum :

http://www.coderanch.com/t/314488/EJB-JEE/java/New-EJB
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Usually I wont read the spec at the very beginning, as spec sometimes maybe too technical for a newbie to read.

I will try getting a cool book, which gives me a good introduction and basic concepts. After then, I will try to work out with some examples, and when I really need to be technical, I will read the technical details from the spec.

Nick
 
Kishore Dandu
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I concur with Nicholas.

Reading a spec at the early stage can be a turnoff, they sometimes showup more geared towards container or tool developers.
 
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Hi,

Reading a spec give you exact inside of a J2EE technology, which may take you long time by reading books or playing with a developer tool. Although it may frustrate you at the very beginning.

Doug.
 
Kishore Dandu
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Originally posted by Doug Wang:
Hi,

Reading a spec give you exact inside of a J2EE technology, which may take you long time by reading books or playing with a developer tool. Although it may frustrate you at the very beginning.

Doug.


Different people have different perspectives.

Average developer will get overwhelmed by getting into spec as a starting point though.
 
Alex Sharkoff
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I follow Nicholas's way in learning new technologies.

Read study material + write test code. If there is something I don't get will search other sources (eg, google). Once become familiar with the technology start looking into the spec...

 
somkiat puisungnoen
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I'm start study new technology with read specification of technology and find more detail/tutorial for more understand in technology .

And Implement testing application to use those technology ...
 
Alexandru Popescu
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I think that Nick's way is the most used, but what happens when your manager puts in your hand the wrong book? Starting with this, everything may go wrong and than some stuff life .net pet shop application is 13 times faster than j2ee petshop example will happen.
 
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Originally posted by Ali Pope:
I think that Nick's way is the most used, but what happens when your manager puts in your hand the wrong book? Starting with this, everything may go wrong and than some stuff life .net pet shop application is 13 times faster than j2ee petshop example will happen.


What kind of manager & programmer are u talking about. In US, it is the work which is put in the hands of the programmer, selection of books are not passedin by the managers. They have other headaches to take care of.
 
Alexandru Popescu
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Originally posted by Kishore Dandu:


What kind of manager & programmer are u talking about. In US, it is the work which is put in the hands of the programmer, selection of books are not passedin by the managers. They have other headaches to take care of.


I am talking about those managers that have prefered vendors and after a tech presentation fall into knees. I am talking about those programmers/developers who have no guts to teach their manager that the guys are only selling.
... And for the moment I am not in US.
 
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Hey guy,

I think the book is just another way to present the specs. The specs is always exacter than the book, and the book some time is easier to read than the specs. So it depends on one's ability to acquire knowledge that reading Spec or reading book is more comprehensive.
 
Surasak Leenapongpanit
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If I have some doubt, search on this JavaRanch.
 
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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