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A Java learning Path: where to start and where to end

 
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I am sure you have gotten millions of the similar message i will be writing below, but i am desperate and lost.
I come from an IT background, mainly systems, a little of everything, but i have become in loved with Java and seeing my colleagues developing EE applications.
Or maybe I got it wrong, but what they do is Java Web Applications (forms, that perform specific tasks)
which include entitlement for who will be able to log into the forms, roles and permission etc.. )
so I assume that is EE right?

So I decided to get into it, and these were the steps i took:

- I started with a book called Building Java Programs: which i assume is plain java..
I did get confused and lost at some places, but with some reviews am able to make it.


- The next step I was advices was to go to web java development.
I was advised not to go through servlets since they said that Spring dose all that for you,
anyways now I don’t know where to start, should I go back to basic java and improve my skills before
I jump to spring since I get lost when I start reading a spring tutorial or is it that I might be reading
an advanced tutorial and I need to go step by step.

To Be honest every search I do , I find you website which seems to be very useful,
so I was wondering if you can advise were I can start from or advice on a book to start with.

i am even willing to enroll in online training, given that they are not rippers.

My wishes that I be answered,

Best regards,
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

For Java EE development, everything starts with Servlets. Understanding Servlets will help you learn other java web frameworks (eg Struts, Spring, etc).

Those frameworks may have done the base for you but understanding how to use them will probably need to know the underlying concepts (eg Servlets).

I highly recommend Head First Servlets & JSP 2e byu Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates to start off your java web endeavor.

For Java EE, there is no end in sight...
 
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Hassan Moukadem wrote:I was advised not to go through servlets since they said that Spring dose all that for you


That was not good advice.

The following is very good advice:

K. Tsang wrote:For Java EE development, everything starts with Servlets. Understanding Servlets will help you learn other java web frameworks (eg Struts, Spring, etc).


 
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In fact, in recognition of the number of times K. Tsang gives good advice, I have awarded him a cow.
 
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Hello!

My experience of learning Java for over 2 years says that to be Junior Java developer you need to know Java Core !

They will give you a job sooner if you know Java core but not Java EE !

However if you want to be JavaEE developer then IN addition to Java Core you need to know Servlets,JSP and especially SQL.
 
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