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Terry Moore
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Hi,
I have 10+ years of c++ server side (application development) programming and couple of years of mobile experience (HTML, CSS, JavaScript etc). The IT market is not very hot with C++ jobs, so considering of moving into Java world but with no professional experience it's difficult to find Java related job. So, I was thinking of self-studying and taking some certification exams to prove my capability.
Since these exams are expensive, I was wondering if anyone have any advice on which ones are worth taking and what's the area of Java I should target like, Application Java Developer, spring framework etc.

Any advice is appreciated as my current company is downsizing and I see signs of layoff ...

Thanks in advance,
Terry
 
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Hi Terry, welcome to the Ranch.

Terry Moore wrote: and couple of years of mobile experience (HTML, CSS, JavaScript etc).

How proficient are you at the client-side technologies? At least here in Austin, demand for those with proficiency on the client side is high.

So, I was thinking of self-studying and taking some certification exams to prove my capability.

Certifications may be a good way for you to gauge your own progress, but don't count on them meaning much when it comes to job hunting. At least in my experience, they aren't valued all that highly by employers in the US. They can't hurt (unless you have too many of them -- which looks suspect) though, and might help you at least get your foot into an interview.

 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Hi Terry, welcome to the Ranch.

Terry Moore wrote: and couple of years of mobile experience (HTML, CSS, JavaScript etc).

How proficient are you at the client-side technologies? At least here in Austin, demand for those with proficiency on the client side is high.


Thanks for the reply. Appreciate that. I'm in between begineer and advanced in client-side technologies. I was also thinking of picking up HTML5, so debating between HTML5 or Java server-side, which way to go? With your response it looks more like I should focus on client side technologies as I might have a better chance.

 
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As you've already got a head start in client-side stuff, that may be a good way to go. Check the job listings in your area to gauge demand.

If there is demand, I'd focus on HTML5 and particularly advanced JavaScript. Lots of people have a rudimentary knowledge of HTML and JavaScript, but there are actually very few who know it well; especially JavaScript.

It would not hurt to start getting some Java experience as well. Someone with both client-side experience, and is knowledgable about Java backends is highly desirable.
 
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And while you are at it, you can learn html5 online: http://www.udacity.com/overview/Course/cs255 as well as learn and try free certifications in it : http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/developing-html5-apps-jump-start
 
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