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How to keep up with the industry

 
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So, very general question, or two:
How do you keep up with Java, industry-wise?

The two parts are:
-keeping up with the latest toolkits, Spring, Hibernate, JSF, etc.... (Sometimes it seems very frustrating, a long succession of toolkits and systems, all promising the world, few delivering in terms of bringing functionality without a great deal of complexity (at least when things go wrong))

-finding a bit of a culture. I come to sites like this when I have a specific technical issue I'm wrestling with, but I realize I don't give back much, don't look for answers to give when I'm here, don't browse when I don't have a particular issue on my mind...

I used to get more of this at my old job, which had a pretty strong, centralized developer community, a few favored toolkits--
Right now I'm in a more independent role in work, and I'm just wondering -- how do I find this?

Do people keep up with this site in a general way? Are there other good sites I should try to be making part of a daily routine?
 
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Do people keep up with this site in a general way?



Keeping up with the industry is one of the reasons I visit every day. If questions about a new technology start showing up, I take it as a sign that something interesting is happening. I used to subscribe to a lot of mailing lists but they quickly became overwhelming.

The book promotions/author visits are also good for spotting new stuff.

Bill
 
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What's your method for browsing the site?
Are there certain forums you just keep up with?

(Sometimes I long for the good old days of select-your-own-UI Usenet... I have to admit that despite the great content I don't find the forums here super great for casual browsing.)
 
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Are there certain forums you just keep up with?



Of course, trying to keep up with all of them would be too much. As topics become interesting, I change which forums I always check - for instance - I had to write an article on Google's Android OS for phones so now I watch the Android forum. When I was writing books about certification exams I watched those forums.

The other resource I always check for a specific topic is Wikipedia - the technical articles are remarkably useful and current.

Finally - Google indexes a LOT of technical blogs full of hints about what is working/not working in the latest cool stuff.

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Finally - Google indexes a LOT of technical blogs full of hints about what is working/not working in the latest cool stuff.


True - though now that Enterprise Java has been around for a while, I find lots of links are kind of old - that better ways have emerged to do things. (Which is part of the thing I'm trying to fight-- I had an early boost in the Servlet/JSP "era" because it was so similar to the stuff I had been doing for years in Perl/CGI. The toolkits that try to make programming web stuff more like programming Swing never feel right to me :-)
 
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