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Dave Junta
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Hey All,

I'm new (again) here after a 16 (!!!) year break.  :)   I came to JavaRanch around 2001 when my job was a Product Manager for a small java startup.  Tired of mediating brutal arguments between the Sales team and the Dev team about unreasonable delivery deadlines, I learned a bit here to try to better understand our codebase.  Then life happened.  I met my (now) wife, had three kids, and moved from Washington DC to California and became a Financial Advisor.  Then we moved to Seattle and now Denver where I find myself having been a stay-at-home dad for 12 years...finally ready to get back into the career world and hoping to do so as a developer as soon as possible.

I recently did a 6-month full-time bootcamp and have a pretty good base of HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Ruby/Rails, Git, and SQL.  I've come to the conclusion that I enjoy back-end coding better than front-end, and am enjoying learning Java once again with a much better base of knowledge this time around.  I'm starting over in the Cattle Drive and am really enjoying it so far.  My goal is to learn enough here to get an entry level Java job in the Denver area as quickly as possible and would welcome any guidance toward that end.

Hope to "see" you all around here.  :)

Dave
 
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Welcome/Welcome back
 
Tod Heartsound
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I am not too far from you, bud
I am back on here after 10 years

My belief is that front end programming is everything that's wrong with this world.

No, really, they spend most of the dev budget on making buttons more shiny and all it does is just look tacky, useless and slow (even on brand new machines). Not to mention the security holes...

Just a week ago, I opened my mouth in a steering committee meeting that I think our software for tracking scrums is horrible. They told me it's 500 GB pounds per seat per year :O
I showed them I can get the same job done with Excel/Access for free (we already pay for those) and things are super fast, robust, flexible and in-house.
Of course, I wasn't invited to the next steering committee meeting
(It's your dime!)
 
Stephan van Hulst
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Tod Heartsound wrote:My belief is that front end programming is everything that's wrong with this world.

Well, I'd try to reevaluate my position if I were you. More and more computing is being shifted from the back-end to the front-end. And most of it isn't making buttons shinier either.

Of course, it's silly to develop new tools if you already have some that are perfectly capable of doing the same job, but you have to realize that project managers need shiny stuff to show *their* managers, and they will sometimes make seemingly illogical choices regardless of whether it comes to the front-end or the back-end.
 
Tod Heartsound
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Yeah, I was being parabolic. Some of the front end stuff is quite a breakthrough, indeed!

Still, in my experience, 90% of new interfaces work worse than the previous. Often omitting extremely valuable functionality because "the F-E theme doesn't support it" or "the designer decided we are going to have no more than 3 words on screen at any given time".

If you ask me, we had something going back in 2003. We should have stuck to it and just honed it instead of forking, refactoring, redesigning and mostly: trying (and succeeding) to shape the users towards the tools, not the other way (which is the right way) around.

But yeah, I totally get the meta game, I was a manager (with budgeting funcs) for a while, too
 
Tod Heartsound
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Hyperbolic, lol!
 
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