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Sharma Ashutosh

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Thanks for writing this book.
Does this book talks about end to end test automation with integration to popular CI/CD tools?
Is it also talking about TDD(Test driven development)?
How about integrating testing Javascript applications in a corporate environment with other existing tools?
Does it is going to cover Spark integration with various other technologies(reading data from data lake, diverse data sets, diverse real time streams, Snowflake and other NoSQL DBs and Apache Kafka)?
Are the code examples correct and working fine OOTB?
First of all thanks for writing this book.
I looked preview at for two topics:
11. But it works on my machine
12. The case against the fat jars

Nice to know some of your points/recommendations.
Do you have something for folks who are using Java since 1997 or so? Current Java syntax is complex and it resembles more of C++ and other functional language. I found that not that easy.
3 months ago
Hi Dane,
Congratulations on your book. How this book helps to write better python code(pro level)? Is this having stuff for data scientists who are working in machine learning/data science?
7 months ago
As some of the folks already mentioned. Don't just target the paper certification but pay special attention towards what you have learnt during that phase. I have done a lot of IT Certifications including both SCJP1.2(Sun Certified Java Programmer) in 2001 and SCJA(Sun certified Java Architect) in 2011. Well they helps - it shows to the prospective employers that one is serious towards the technologies/skill sets and knows at least something if not everything.
Passed part 1 yesterday with 90%.
Gone thru the study guide - each and every page almost two times. Discussed with a friend who also appeared at the same time. Attended an offline webinar training session.
Overall preparation around 2-3 weeks with around 2-3 hours every day, last one week almost 20 hours.
My experiences via a blog at:
7 years ago

There is a [temporary] offer to request free voucher via online web form if you're cerified Oracle Master (should receive e-mail with offer and instruction)

What's the URL for this web form?
Is this Beta exam free of cost for the SCEA5/OCM5 candidates or $50.00?
It's a good idea. One should go step by step. First the detailed certifications and then SCEA.
You are right - i worked for a big big vendor company(offshore/onsite model) for around 5+ yrs. My rates has been varied from $200/hr to $68/hr depending upon what role is being offered by the client organization(NOT vendor organization). But this vendor company had a lot of overheads-Non Working managers(Assistant Engagement Managers, Engagement Managers, Group Project Managers, Delivery Managers and above) and a huge bench strength(ranging from 10%-30%). So they used to have a very good cut(margin) over my billing rates and i was getting fixed salary. There margins at some of the times were in the range of almost 65%-70% also but one thing was good with my big consulting company that when i was on bench-i don't have to worry about the job(recession free career). So my job has pros and cons both. In fact during the bench time - i can do some self learning to help myself in future projects/career.

I am seeing since 2004/2005 - Independent contractors and vendors having no offshore component are facing tough time to get very good billing rates. On the contrary it's hard to get very good billing rates in USA(for private sector contracts) if you are not having EAD/Green Card or Citizenship. Though for public sector projects - local american based companies can get very good billing rates.

For independent contractors or employees(H1, L1 etc...) from very small companies - the billing rates i am talking about are almost 25%-30% lower than what i mentioned.

In a nutshell - i never negotiated my billing rates ever - it's how much my company made the client pay for myself. For the higher billing rates projects - hourly rates of $150 or more - it was too much pressure to deliver(plus weekly travel) while anything in the range of $80-$120 - it was reasonable project. As and when my billing rates were lower than $80/hr - i can make out my employer is falsely trying to convince me that it's an architect role(it was Tech Leader or Sr. Developer role). During entire 5+ yrs - 15% time client was paying $150 or more, 45% time client paying $80-$120, 35% time $80 or lower while 5% time i was on bench. Moreover all the $150+ billing rate projects were very short in nature - around 2 to 7 months. I believe this can give you a very good indication of the billing rates for the last 5 yrs.
8 years ago
I was working as Contract Senior Architect last year for very big global bank at the billing rate of $120 per hour. But now i am no longer on contract assignments - permanent employee.
Contract rates for Architects varies like anything here in East Coast. Most of the financial, media, telecom, insurance and healthcare companies pays from $70 to $120 per hour. The higher the billing rate - shorter the project duration. Most of the folks are looking for NOT just Java/JEE Architects but somebody who is also Data Modeller, Some other package experience, System Admin etc...

Some of the projects where it requires M-T travel - they can pay even higher.

Here the boundaries are very loosely defined-Technical Leader/Application Architect/Architect/Solutions Architect are being used to sometimes mean one and the same thing.

Most important fact is that every one is looking for Architects who are still hands on - NOT just some abstract or very higher level architect.

Here are the rates are somewhat in this range:
Developer $60-$65
Sr. Developer $65-$75
Tech Lead $70-$80
Architect $75 to $95
Sr. Architect $85 to $110+
Enterprise Arch $100-$120+
8 years ago
Anyway what is this LVC-Live Virtual Class?