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Paul Clements
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Was looking through some Java job adverts today and one caught my eye. It was looking for:

* Java
* Javascript/HTML5/CSS3
* Spring/Hibernate
* MongoDB, SQLServer

This clearly sounds like a web based development opportunity. Don't worry, I'm not applying! However, what this triggered was an idea for a project. The reasons it appeals are:

I like developing on the web
I understand and can use/create web services
I have basic HTML and CSS skills
Have touched base briefly with JavaScript and have plans to dig a bit deeper
Know SQL Server (using relational DBs for years)
Spring/Hibernate/MongoDB are things I see a lot on ads

Ok. So now I've decided that what I want to do, are there any pre-requisites? Can I just jump in a create an extremely simply web site/app as a prototype? A quick look on Google suggested I needed the EE version of Eclipse, so I've downloaded that. Plan is to create something very simple to start. End goal is to develop a fully functioning web site/app, hopefully with web services integrated in. 

Does this seem a solid idea of a project to showcase some skills? Any tips to get me started i.e. environment set-up etc?

PaulC.
 
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You haven't mentioned any idea so far, what you did mention are tools to achieve some kind of possible idea. But your motivation is good.
At the beginning try to research yourself a bit more, research process is useful, as pretty much everyday you'll need to research something (at least it applies to me).

Paul Clements wrote:End goal is to develop a fully functioning web site/app
That is a bit vogue, one html static page also can be and it is considered as fully functioning. You need to clarify for yourself what that idea might be, and then try to find some right tools to achieve it.
 
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Try to write down the work plan with some time schedule:
Describe idea/problem in general aspects
Describe provisional functionality, describe what problems such functionality solves
Describe each functionality a bit in more details, define time schedule for each functionality to implement

There are always a lot to do, start writing code is the latest part you need to sit down and engage to.
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:There are always a lot to do, start writing code is the latest part you need to sit down and engage to.

You're ahead of where I want to be. At the moment I don't have any ideas. Really just wanted some feedback on:

1. Is this a good area for a project. The answer seems to be yes, which is what I was hoping.
2. Set up i.e. tools need to start building a basic web app. Are we really just talking about Eclipse to start with for something very simple? By simple I might mean possibly a single page which has a background image, some intro text etc and then has options to run currency converters/weather web services - that sort of thing. Really just to get up and running with the absolute basics of developing a website around Java.

Don't want help with Code. Just any general pointers, things to avoid, pitfalls, warnings around web dev for a relative novice.

Cheers,

PaulC.
 
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