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Is JSP worth learning or not?

 
Ben Synes
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Hi

I just passed the OCJCP, and really enjoyed it. I felt this certification covers the intricacies of the Java language, and OOP, however, it didnt really build on my current coding skills. I want to build a small site, and I posted on code ranch whether I should use a framework, like Spring MVC or something like that, but, two guys posted and think the best way to progress is learning JSP, as it will help extract things which would be hidden using a framework which uses DI etc.

But Ive spoken to some colleagues at work, and all of them say, no one these days is using JSP, its a redundant technology, so I wonder is this a tech really worth learning.

Any thoughts, recommendations would be appreciated, as I was thinking to take the OCJWCD certification next, which builds on servlets and JSP as far as Im aware.

Please advise appropriately.

Thank you.
 
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But Ive spoken to some colleagues at work, and all of them say, no one these days is using JSP, its a redundant technology, so I wonder is this a tech really worth learning.

You can safely tell those colleagues they have no idea what they're talking about. You can look through job ads to get a feeling what's being used out in the field.
 
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I agree 100% with Ulf. Your colleagues are 100% wrong. Even if you decide to use a framework such as SpringMVC, you will be using JSP with it. Having a good handle on servlets and JSP is a must before diving off into frameworks.
 
Ben Synes
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Thank you for this information, I found last weekend it was really straightforward to get something up and running with Tomcat and JSP, and I really felt I liked it, and understood it on a basic level, and looked forward to learning about tag libraries and DB connectivity.

Again, thanks for your feedback, Ill try to build my new idea using JSP and I guess this will help further down the road with the OCJWCD.

 
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You will find that many people are of the mindset that what they are working on is the entire universe of what should be used. The old expression is that if you have a hammer, everything is a nail.

Spring is a very nice tool, and it can be very flexible and can do most things but the main point is that when you go to find a job, you will have either a different technology or a mix of technologies. One will use Spring, another JSP, another PHP, another XSLT, etc. All of them have their strengths, but if you go into an interview for a job which uses JSP, then they will not be impressed when you say you can use Spring for their system instead.

Good Luck!
 
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