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Greetings

As a former Java programmer who has transitioned into a management role but is interested in getting back into the trenches coding, where would you suggest one to start? The Java landscape is ever evolving and rapidly evolving at that, it is a bit overwhelming in terms of where to start. Should one dust off the old Java hat and rebuild my skill set from core Java or pivot to JavaScript and build my skills up in that area. I really don't have a preference in terms of technology, I'd like to shift back to the technical side.

Thanks in advance.

Brett
 
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. . . getting back into the trenches . . .

Do you mean making good your escape?

You would be coding completely different things if you go back to Java® or take up JS. One is usually for backend apps and the other for activating web pages.
 
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If you don't have a preference think about a project that you want to do and go from there . The best way to learn is by doing . Pick  task that you clearly understand the business requirements for like an online address book. Think about "What would be the technical requirements for that ? ". Having a clear objective makes it easier to learn.
 
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Hi Brett,

It really depends on what you enjoy doing most. Do you enjoy back-end server development or batch jobs? Then I would recommend getting back into Java. There are a lot of great books out there and freely available websites. The Spring framework seems to be extremely popular so I recommend learning about it.

If you prefer front end (browser) development, then I recommend learning the latest JavaScript and React for the front-end (codecademy has a good course). The problem with that is JavaScript shares very little with Java - some surface level syntax but that's it. Another point it seems like a lot of energy/popularity is going into JavaScript right now.

I highly recommend using IntelliJ IDEA if you do go back into Java. It has great automatic suggestions for how to update your Java code to more recent standards.

Wish I had a better answer.

Good Luck,
Adam



 
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