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Recent posts by CaryB

Originally posted by Mark Howard:
Thanks folks
Interestingly, they charge $14.95 to register your domain. I'd registered mine a couple of years ago via Yahoo! and they stung me (and continue to sting me) for $35 per annum. I thought it was a standard price across the board

Mark, just transfer your domain. I use for several domains that I own.
16 years ago
I'm a big fan of Manning Press, so I'd highly recommend 'Web Development with JavaServer Pages' and 'JSP Tag Libraries'. 'More Servlets and JSP' is also an excellent book.
16 years ago
I wanted to write a tag to take text that's all caps and make it mixed case. (e.g. 'SOME COMPANY' becomes 'Some Company') I wrote the routine as a standard class and it works w/o any problems. However, for some reason it behaves differently as a tag. As a tag, the first char is always lowercase. The other changes are fine, but the above example would create 'some Company' when called via a tag by my JSP. Here's the code for the tag. Any advice greatly appreciated. Of course, there's also probably a much more efficient way to do it, too. :-)
16 years ago
Sounds like things have been done right so far. If it's small, perhaps you could post your code? Maybe do a simple Hello World servlet to see if that works.
17 years ago
I would say it depends on your financial state and/or resources. Why? Ant is free and does a great job. It's also quite extensible.
I can't speak for the others, but you don't get (to the best of my knowledge) deployment capabilities with JBuilder unless you have the Enterprise edition. Hence the financial comment. Not many people have the $2400 to buy it. I work for a large company and we only purchase a few copies of Enterprise because of the cost. Everyone else gets Professional.
Besides, let's say you use JBuilder, WebGain, etc. where you work, but you leave, and the use something else. Granted, you may have to learn their IDE of choice, but ant is much more generic, I'd say. So rather than having to immediately learn a new IDE to do deployments, you make whatever tweaks are necessary in ant and let it rock.
I've been around this industry for a while and in my experience, I've never run into any problems where not being certified has hurt me. I'm sure that it can help get your foot in the door, but it's never been necessary for me and I've been gainfully employed since '89 without any gaps between jobs.
Not to say I'm not interested, though. Over the years I've set out to get several certs only to get bored and give up. I guess I figure I have a job and it probably won't get me anymore money, so why waste the time. Also, it seems my responsibilities change too quickly and the old cert is no longer applicable to my job.
However, I am seriously contemplating SCJP certification now and think I'll actually try to get this one! For me, it's more of a personal thing to know for myself that my knowledge is at a certain level.
I don't think too much of a college degree, either. In this industry, experience is 100% more important than any piece of paper. Especially when I know that colleges can't keep their curriculums up to speed with the technology changes. So when I'm hiring contractors, I don't scan for a bunch of letters after their name. I look for past experiences similar to my current needs. If they have that, I do the interview and test their knowledge then.
So, IMHO, do it for yourself, not for anyone else. Unless you know *for sure* you'll get more money from your employer. That's a nice incentive!
Just to add a bit more to Pradeep's posting, WebLogic is probably the leading J2EE app server on the market. WebSphere seems to be behind them in providing feature/functionality. We're in the process of moving our application to WebLogic and don't have many resources that can help us. It's been difficult to find people with this skillset. So, I think if you can become proficient, there's definitely a market for you. We just had a consultant in from Sun to help us with it.
Also, as Pradeep alluded to, reading books and using simulation software isn't going to help much (IMHO) unless you can apply the knowledge hands-on. WebLogic is not a walk in the park, and there are many areas you need to be concerned with. This isn't general knowledge like you might find taking a networking test or something similar where things are pretty much the same regardless of who the vendor is. WebLogic has its own security, its own clustering, session replication, etc. I would highly recommend that, should you decide to pursue this avenue, you register at the BEA developer site, download and install a trial copy, and beat it do death.
In addition to WebLogic@Whiz, I would also recommend reading "J2EE Applications and BEA WebLogic Server". It's an excellent book. Good luck!
You might also try the book, "Open Tools for Extreme Programming". It covers ant and other open-source tools like junit. Don't let the title mislead you. You don't have to be using XP to get a lot out of the book.
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