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Debapriya Roy
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Hi guys, I am sort of a newbie in Java. I have 6 years of experience in COTS products but seems to me that a lot of dependencies has developed in COTS for me and this can foment trouble in future.I am trying to shift gears for Java/J2EE but the problem is hands-on experience.While I am aware of design patterns, threading, collections and have endorsed myself as OCA (not yet OCP) certified Java professional, I find it difficult to align myself with J2EE, web development. Recently I have started reading JSP, Servlet book of HeadFirst and I feel very good and excited about it. But I am sure there is more to that. Most importantly, knowing just  JSP,Servlet,Spring,Hibernet won't do enough and that there are other things like angular js, jsf trending in the market. What should be my road map? How can I make it to a java-based profile, given that I don't have much options but to peruse java documents,books and tutorials and I desperately lack real-life hands-on experience of complex end-to-end java project? Any suggestion?
 
Claude Moore
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If you lack real-life experience on complex Java EE projects, there is no book or tutorial that can provide you with experience. If you already studied all technologies you mentioned in your post, I think you have already a good starting point, at least for what theory is concerned. Try to get hired from a company needing a junior Java developer, as employee or as freelancer developer. That is the only way to get acquainted with Java and real life problems - and solutions, of course.
In my humble opinion, to study new languages and technologies is a must for any IT professional, but at least for me, not applying what I learned in books tends to make me forget what I learnt.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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