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Paul Puodziukas

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Recent posts by Paul Puodziukas

Thank You Christopher. I kind of had some off-the-wall questions, and you've confirmed a number of things I was suspecting. It seems like the only way to get career advise sometimes is to directly ask other programmers. :-)
18 years ago
Dave,
You'll have to forgive me as I am still very much the neophyte. Are code reviews considered standard practice in working situations? Are they usually geared towards lower-level programmers who are still in the process of conforming to their company's style and approach to software development?
Also, "Getting your foot in the door," is a phrase that I see over and over again. I've heard that creating websites for non-profits is one avenue, but that's leaning more EXCLUSIVELY towards html and scripting languages. There must be other things that new aspiring developers commonly do to get into working situations. In this definition of "working situations," I not only mean to include full-time salaried positions, but also internships, apprenticeships, contract work, and any kind of software testing.
Paul
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18 years ago
In response to " What was the question the originator of this message was asking? ";
Is my original question, which is at the top of the page, unclear? It's meant to be open-ended. I was'nt interested in a simple short phrased answer, so feel free to expand in your replies. I'm grateful for all input.
18 years ago
Besides programming languages, what are the industry standard tools that every entry-level programmer should be familiar with when implementing Java, XML, HTML, and XHTML ? Are there three IDE's that every Java programmer should be familiar with? For instance, programmers that I admire often praise Codewarrior as well as JBuilder and JavaCafe. Outside of IDE's, there are probably many kinds of tools that I don't even know about. How important are things like CVS and UML?

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18 years ago
Yeah, that sounds great. Where can I get an editor like editplus?
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18 years ago
Are there a standard set of abilities that a Junior Programmer, focusing on Java/ XML/ HTML, should have? I would appreciate some target skills to focus on, rather than being told to know the "fundamentals" inside and out. That does'nt really tell me very much. Are'nt the "fundamentals" merely a means to an end?
Paul
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18 years ago
Is it not a good thing to learn Java using an IDE? I keep hearing it's best to always use command line. Are there any IDE's that would help a begginer to be more productive and yet keep focus on learning language rather than learning such a tool. I just want some options, that's all.
18 years ago
I always hear Servlets and JSP's being used together in the same sentence. Are they mutually exclusive technologies that just happen to work well together? Which should a novice java/xhtml programmer learn first? Is it best to learn both at the same time?
Paul
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18 years ago
The thing is that I already have a 4-year Liberal Arts degree as opposed to being in the processs of earning a CS degree. I always read advice like, " go talk to a career councilor at your school." Well, that's not really an option for me. I know that many programmers are people who have backrounds in other disciplines whether it be mathematics, musical composition, or philosophy. Growing up, my backrounds have been in music and theatre, but I've become very interested in software development as a new career. I'm wanting to find out how programmers who are starting from scratch generally go about starting their careers. Initially my belief was 1. master a set of programming languages, 2. contribute to an opensource project and get a couple of certifications, 3. get a six month internship to gain real-world experience, 4. transition into a full-time salaried position while always continuing to gain new skills. Please tell me what I'm not understanding.
Paul

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18 years ago
Hi, I'd have to say, I've been very impressed with how generous and knowledgeable people have been on this site. In trying expand my own knowledge base, I'm looking for similiar types of places to javaranch that people may recommend which relate to other specific technologies such as C++, Perl, XML, Javascript, and programming in general. Personal recommendations mean more to me than just using a search engine. Please tell me what you think....
Paul
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18 years ago
I'm a novice programmer who is very interested in the Java/XML connection as well as JSP/Servlets. I'm not in a position to be searching for a full time position making 30 - 40k a year due to my lack of experience. Besides open source, what would be the best moves for me to make in order to land a situation where I was gaining ON SITE real world experience while making $10 an hour or even less? I know that there are tons of very qualified programmers out there, but while they are requiring full-blown salaries, I would be a skilled person who is willing to do junior programmer " grunt work " for almost nothing. I would imagine that there are senior type programmers who maybe would'nt mind giving "busy work" to someone else. What does everybody think about this?
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18 years ago
How important is CVS in regards to Java Development? Is this something that most programmers need? Am I going to have to learn this in order to participate in open source?
Paul
18 years ago
How can I find out about Java XML Opensource projects that are out there? What are the big ones?
Paul
( 1 ) What would be the most marketable skill set for a begginer to have with java in order to land an internship situation ? ( perhaps java/ html or java/ perl ? )

( 2 ) What is the best way to get an internship as a java programmer? It seems that you have to just formulate a resume, send them out to companies you like, and see if they're interested in hiring you on informally at $10/ hr. Is this the best way and that's just how it is?
18 years ago
What are the best resources and methods for finding an internship that relates to java programming? Especially for persons in Austin, Tx...
I would especially like to find a situation where I'm working with a mentor while getting an overview of the complete development cycle.
18 years ago