I wanted to learn a java framework and start job hunting as a java web developer. I chose struts 2 and had just begun studying it, when a senior in the industry told me that Struts 2 really hasn't become that popular, and its better I learn Spring or Struts 1.x and not Struts 2
Now I am confused. Should I continue learning Struts 2 or change to one of the others? I want to learn a framework that will give me good job opportunities in India.
Any advice will be very helpful.
I am a junior programmer so I cannot speak with an definitive authority so take the following as a mere suggestion based on my observations. It seems that most new development is done with spring. The only projects we have at work that use struts are legacy systems, but many people are still employed because the work still needs to be done. There is a job market for both, but it who knows what people are looking for right now. I would say that the best framework experiences for the long-term would be spring and hibernate. It would not hurt to focus on one and have a high level understanding of other framework(s). When an interviewer asks about your experience with one you can say, "I haven't worked directly with framework A, but I did something similar with framework B and this is how they are similar".
Mike...thanks for the info. So are you saying, Struts 2 isn't used extensively, atleast in cases that you have come across?
Also, have you noticed the same thing with Struts 1.x as well? or does it fare better compared to Struts 2.x?
It never hurts to have any knowledge under you belt, but if you only have time to focus on one, I'd say that Spring MVC (not "Springs" -- please pay attention to details) will get you better traction in the job market.
There are plenty of others as well: Grails, Play, Stripes...
and while we are on it, any book you want to suggest that may teach me Spring through a hands-on project? Since thats how I seem to learn best.
(I know this is probably not the correct forum for this question, but asking it in continuation of the discussion)
Thanks for the help Bear. I began my Struts 2 journey with the struts 2 in action book...but I'm afraid I didnt really pick up much speed. But I'll definitely go through the Springs one, hoping to have a better experience
thanks again for your help.
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