Q: Would pursuing the Java certificates benefit me more than a degree?
Q: Any tips for remembering the terminology in Java that may be used amongst other programmers or during the interview?
Q: What can I do now, as a beginner in Java, to prepare for a career in the future?
chris webster wrote:No. The certificates are much less challenging than a degree, and tend to have a narrow focus on a particular set/version of specific Java-based tools e.g. web components etc.
chris webster wrote:
There's a lot of jargon in IT, so don't get too hung up on terminology, although knowing some of the main design patterns is probably useful (try Head First Design Patterns for a user-friendly intro).
chris webster wrote:Stop thinking of yourself as a "Java developer" and start thinking of yourself as a developer
Brandon Bushnell wrote:It’s difficult to even think about other languages right now when I feel like I haven’t even touched the surface of Java. I’m sure with time it’ll all come together.
Brandon Bushnell wrote:When I was previously deployed I did work a job where I managed a database that held Aircraft historical. I wrote little SQL scripts and would have to manually go into the SQL database and adjust cells. I’d also regularly perform backups. Until then I’ve never worked with SQL besides when I was learning about PHP and MySQL for websites. Would any of this experience be something I should put on a resume?
chris webster wrote:
That's normal. I first started learning about Java soon after it came out in 1996, then when I came back a couple of years later the language had doubled in size, and since then the libraries seem to double in size every year - it grows like bacteria... Don't try to learn it all, just pick some core areas where you feel you want a strong grounding, then pick up the other stuff as and when you need it. No point learning stuff that will be obsolete by the time you think you need it!
chris webster wrote:I would say yes, and it means you probably already know more than some Java programmers I've worked with!
Brandon Bushnell wrote: when I start hearing about 'Server' talk and such ... Should I look at buying my own VPS or something similar to start getting ahead of the game now?
whenever I build a resume I'm overselling myself with some of the technical aspects of the resume.
I also have to ask. When you finally have a job as a programmer, of any language, are you allowed to look up resources to help?
Brandon Bushnell wrote:Oh wow, you've been coding with Java for a while!
I guess I get overwhelmed when I start hearing about 'Server' talk and such...
I also have to ask. When you finally have a job as a programmer, of any language, are you allowed to look up resources to help? I feel like you're trapped in a room with no internet access and you're suppose to know how to code everything from the top of your head, haha.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Oh, and by the way, thank you for your service.