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What programs should I be focusing on writing with java?

 
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Is there any types of programs I should be focusing on writing?

or when do you know you are ready to start using an external library or framework?

I hear a lot about spring. Is spring one of javas main application areas?

isnt that javas bread and butter on the back end connecting front end to databases?

should i start messing around with databases and spring or carry on writing more console applications, or both?

i just feel a bit lost sometimes on what direction to head in.

The console applications can be fun to write, but i find it frustrating as they can be very limiting in what i can do and how it looks.

a friend of mine told me not to bother making user interfaces with java as most front end is done in other ways these days. (Web based interfaces etc)

i just feel like im moving along very slowly and sometimes feel stagnant, or is this feeling very normal and i just need to carry on doing what i am?

i hope you understand my position
 
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In the real world most usage of java is probably in the web part.  But you should be able to make desktop apps too though.
Spring is a framework that does alot of the backend work that is identical across web apps.  You should definitely learn spring but you should also familiarize yourself with the underlying stuff like servlets.
 
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thanks al
 
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Al Hobbs wrote:You should definitely learn spring


Note that Java EE is making a comeback. In my new projects, I prefer Java EE 8 over Spring.
 
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