There's one piece of technology I forgot to list. Is Netbeans still a solid IDE? I liked it, or have others over taken it?
I just got done using NetBeans to build a desktop application that interfaced with a MySQL Database. I used modules, and in the end I really liked the way it wrapped up my project and I could easily distribute it the users. I chose it because of the tutorials based on it. My feeling is that Oracle isn't 100% behind it, but I encountered no real issues using it.
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I don't know if you are concerned with learning technologies for the sake of job qualifications, but this seems related to your question.
I'm in the job market and I've been talking to lots of recruiters over the last few weeks.
A couple of things have come up. First, knowledge of Spring is pretty much required for any Java web development position. It seems like every employer expects it. Second, the recruiters are telling me that they are having trouble finding developers that are experienced in Java 8, so it's in demand. But having said that, many places are still on 7 or even 6.
I've used NetBeans for the last 5 years, and I've seen it grow from version 6 to 8.1, so I think Oracle really is behind it. I actually prefer it to Eclipse, but knowledge of Eclipse is required. If you have those two in your toolkit, you've covered 95% of the IDE world because most others like IntelliJ, Websphere Application Developer (or whatever it's called this month), and others are based on Eclipse so the learning curve is short.
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Thanks, that's useful to know. Although I'm not for recruiting for the moment. It sounds as if Java 7 is not yet out of date, and good that Netbeans is still fully supported. I look forward to reacquainting myself with it.
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