So I fell for the old bait and switch.. My company hired me as a Java developer role but I've been assigned testing work related to mostly XML.
I was told that the work would be 80% Java programming, 10% XML and 10% research. But 3 Sprints into the project (we have 2 week sprints), I find that it's 90% XML files and 10% Java.
I fear I will lose my edge as a Java dev since I am not even programming at work. How do I maintain and upgrade my Java skills while doing a testing job at work?
Same Problem with me buddy... but for that purpose i am preparing myself in java by developing my own application using latest J2EE Technologies also i m preparing for SCJP now. Hope one day we will be back on my java track
Don't know what sort of xml is that, but if it is j2ee, maybe you can use annotations to streamline things.
Knowledge of xml in Java EE is always a plus. Maybe, the java portion of your work would come under research. Take it positively as an opportunity.
Why not look at building some testing tools using something like Groovy, which has great support for XML processing? If your company is so keen to use XML, maybe they'd like to make it easier to work with as well!