Mike Hancock wrote:Don't know if the feeling of "been there, done that" is what you had in mind, but I would certainly be interested in a strategy to address that issue. Is there a way that you know of to get over that feeling on nothing new under the sun?
For me, going to the monthly Java User Group meeting is a great way to learn a bit about things I wouldn't otherwise find out about. It's not always something new, but often it's something in an area I don't focus on or just a new way to use a tool I'd given up on.
Conferences like No Fluff Just Stuff and JavaOne are also great boosts. Not just because of the technology being presented, but because many of the people there are totally jazzed about Java (language and platform) and what can be done with it. I come back with fully charged batteries and lots of ideas for things to do or learn about.
But if you want to catch up on techie stuff, InfoQ is a pretty good resource for the Agile/Java world, with lots of video presentations, papers etc.
Beyond Javaland, Google's Tech Talks often gives an interesting perspective on what the Alpha Geeks are up to.
And do something else outside IT - there's more to life than work!
Another thing that might work, or might make it worse, is to volunteer to speak at your local Java User Group or a conference on something you're really interested in. YEah, it's still tech stuff, but preparing for the talk gets me thinking about all the details of whatever it is I'm speaking on and helps me remember why I love what I do.
Martha Uzziah wrote:Java is my favorite and i want to learn more and more about it.
You came to the right place. Java Ranch was started specifically to help people learn more about Java in a friendly environment. Have you checked out the other forums yet?There's bound to be at least a couple that cover whatever aspect of Java or the JVM you're interested in.