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Will Groovy/Grails position open future Java opportunities?

 
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Hi,

I'm a recently trained Java developer with Java SE 8 certification who one day aspires to be a mid-level Java developer and was wondering if accepting an entry-level Groovy/Grails position would get me there. It strikes me as being a bit off point, and I don't mind holding out for something else that's more relevant.

Any information would be appreciated.

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Rex,
Why is your goal to be a "Java Developer" vs a developer. People code in multiple languages in one job let alone over the course of their career.

I regularly use Groovy and Java at work. (and other things, but those two are the most frequent.)  Groovy is a good language to learn with respect to Java because it is a JVM language.

So yes, I think you should take the job.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

We cannot make up your mind for you; you will have to decide for yourself. But let's ask a few questions about the job:-
  • Would you enjoy Groovy/Grails?
  • What training opportunities are there?
  • How big is the company?
  • How far is it to go to work?
  • How many other irons have you got in the fire?
  • How many other jobs are available where you would be happy to travel to?
  • What sort of team would you work in?
  • Did the place appear happy when you visited?
  • I am sure other people can add to that list. Look at your answers, and I think they will help you make your mind up.
     
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    Hi Jeanne,

    Thank you for your reply. The reason why I am concerned is because I see job ads for mid-level programmers that seek java development experience and would like to one day qualify to apply to these, and I'm not so sure if Groovy experience would count.

    When I applied for this job I was under the impression that it was for Java development since they were looking for Java and that is all they questioned me on and spoke about, but it's looking like the position itself will be in Grails/Groovy.


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    Hi Campbell,

    I see your point. Maybe I should rephrase the question and not mention that I am trying to decide whether or not to take a job, but instead just ask whether in general Groovy/Grails experience will count in the eyes of employers who seek Java experience?

    Thank you,

    Rex
     
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    Sorry; I thought from your post that you had an offer.
     
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    Rex Ruffley wrote:but instead just ask whether in general Groovy/Grails experience will count in the eyes of employers who seek Java experience?


    Probably not. It is a different language.
     
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    . . . but what is wrong with different languages? Surely that shows the ability to learn, which is of use irrespective of the language learnt.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. I decided to hold out for a Java position.
     
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    That's a pleasure and thank you for telling us your decision.
     
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    Campbell Ritchie wrote:. . . but what is wrong with different languages? Surely that shows the ability to learn, which is of use irrespective of the language learnt.


    Nothing is wrong with different languages. i think it's good to learn a variety of languages. The question was whether it would count as Java experience for an intermediate Java position. And to that, no.
     
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