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Where can I get some practice???

 
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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!
 
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You might want to check out The SCJD Development Team.
 
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javaranch has the cattle drive
 
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Dirk,
Thanks for the web page suggestion! That page is exactly the sort of thing that I am looking for. It's a great resource.
Regards,
Eugene
 
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