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Rick Yentzer
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A little background: I'm a graphic designer turned front-end developer. I have extensive experience with the client side and can customize WordPress and PHP. I've dabbled with Python and Ruby also. I was just hired by a large automotive parts store as a front-end guy. But with my new job taking me in a different direction because they use Java and Spring for their back-end. Part of my job responsibilities will be to move my custom built pages into the current JSP, CSS... files.

Question: I've built several websites with WordPress. I've studied MySQL, PHP, etc to become better at it. Is it realistic to build small mom-pop websites with Java and Spring? I'm asking because I would actually like to learn more about the back-end and since I'm having to learn at least a minimum amount of Java and Spring, I thought it might be a good opportunity to take advantage of the situation and really dig in. Do people build personal sites with this stuff? Please forgive my ignorance. As I said I'm a front-end guy who had no idea that Java was used on the back-end. I thought it was Ruby, PHP, or Python.

Thank you for your time.
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Welcome to the Ranch.

Yes, you can build a small website with Java and Spring. The biggest jump for a front-end guy will be the Java part. I would start with small programs and not try to do a dynamic website first. Head First Java would probably be a good book for you being a visual guy. You can post your questions here.

Good luck and have fun!
 
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Thank you for the response. I'm currently reading Head First Java along with Java How To Program. I basically switch between the two when one isn't clear or I need a different perspective. I was thinking of reading Murach's Java Servlets and JSP. The 3rd edition came out this year.
 
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If you haven't done much programming, I would stick to doing simple programs for a while, but I also know that every once and a while you need a big project to get you motivated. Getting into a classroom is also a good idea. Programming is hard to learn just out of a book.
 
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