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Intermediate Java developer looking for job/mentor

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Hello to all,

I consider myself an intermediate Java developer and I still have a great deal to learn before I become a pro. I understand the Java language API and I can use it. I also know how to develop a Java web app using JSP/Servlets, JSTL, DisplayTag etc. Recently I've been learning Spring and Hibernate. I can now persist some Pojos into MySQL and read them back. My application uses Spring MVC and Spring Security to protect some backend modules. The most challenging Java project I've been involved in so far was a RMI application. Here is how it worked: we had a J2EE app running on Solaris and it needed to convert PowerPoint presentations into PNG images. We would then feed the images into the J2EE app in order to synchronize video with PowerPoint. The Java application which converted the PowerPoint slides into images ran on a Windows machine. I enjoyed that task and I used RMIIO to stream the data between the two JVMs.

I'm comfortable working with Tomcat and recently my main task at work was deploying J2EE apps into Jetty. I also had to deal with memory issues and ensure that the applications were running smoothly. I use Eclipse IDE for development and I'm familiar with checking in/out stuff from CVS. Ant is my favourite build tool because it gives me so much flexibility when it comes to managing my project. I'm very comfortable in a Linux environment.

What I'm looking for:

I want to join a team of Java developers who can help me grow as a developer. I'm not senior nor junior and I know that I need to work hard to get to senior level. I'm passionate about programming and I'm always keen to learn new technologies. In the past I've played around with Struts and JSF. My problem is that I find it difficult to get a company that needs people of my level. Many companies are advertising jobs for seasoned Spring/Hibernate developers. Does anyone know any company that would be interested in recruiting someone like me? I just need the chance and once I've got it I can prove myself. I'm a very friendly person and I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds. People that know me say I'm always smiling. I'm originally from Swaziland but I've lived in London for the past 15 years. I'm now a British citizen. I'm 33 next June. I play basketball and do cycling when the English weather is good.

Thanks for reading this and I hope someone might have some suggestions. I'm available for work on March 1st and I can be contacted on the email address: ernie_at_ernieboy_dot_com.

Kind regards,

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