Hi All, I recently passed my SCJP and am ready to really get into it and get some good experience - thereby furthering my career. As everyone knows, the best way to get really fluent in Java is to write tons of code. My problem is that I find myself short of projects to work on. I have several utilities I wrote in VB that I have now re-done in Java and anything that comes up at work I immediately try and solve with a short Java program. I've done a few simple JSP/Servlet combos with JDBC access. Where else can I find manageable projects to work on in my spare time? Some books have chapter end exercises that I have been able to work through, but they don't usually have any direct real-world application. They teach you how to do something specific from that chapter which can in turn be applied to real-world stuff. I was just wondering where other folks went for inspiration for intermediate level projects to practice their coding before trying to get into a bigger/advanced project. I have a few ideas from looking at the Java Cookbook, but where else can I find stuff? I don't really have any Java programming problems to solve (yet), so I have stayed away from the design patterns books, but is that the place to start? Your help and input is appreciated!