Donald Nunn

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Recent posts by Donald Nunn

I've noticed a lot of disappointment with the Java certifications. Well don't feel bad. As everyone's aware the Java market is flooded and has been flooded for a long time. As several posts have indicated the rewards from getting certified are valuable. Maybe you should look into .Net and C#. I made the move over a year ago and it's been sweet every since. I was one of those guys with 17 years of IT experience and a BS in CS, and a MS in Software Engineering and I attempted for a long time to move into the Java world and it never happened. So, one day a .Net/C# opportunity presented itself and the rest is history. If the java trek would have happened, then I suppose I would be doing Java.
[ August 14, 2003: Message edited by: Evan Donaldson ]
[ August 14, 2003: Message edited by: Donald Nunn ]
15 years ago
Hello, Thomas. I completely understand what your saying. I for one am really concerned about this outsourcing of IT jobs. I plan to write my congressman and I may even send a letter to 60 minutes including other avenues in an attempt to stir up more awareness of this problem. I know a lot of engineers who are at the top of their game and are at home watching day time television because they can't find work. I mean guys who will work for a lot less than they're use to making because they realize that some pay is better than no pay. They watch while openings that could be filled by American's are going oversees or let's be real here, that are going to Indian developers. They take US dollars convert it to their currency and live like kings in their country. What about us. What can we convert. Mark my words this will eventually back fire in one form or another. Once you have a ton of homes in foreclosure, cars reposessed, people defaulting on their school loans, bankruptcies, US colleges empty because you can't afford to send your children to college then people will start to take notice. I'm pissed off about this whole thing because I see what it's doing to the infastructure of this country and the IT worker and it's going to get worse. If you don't believe me, get out of a job and see what you up against. I've heard Indian developers make comments amongst themselves that the reason why they're getting all of the work is because they're better than the US developer.
Regards,
16 years ago
The bad thing with this outsourcing is that it doesn't allow American's to support their families. You can't make your house payments, car payments you can't send your children to college etc. These corporations don't care and it's ridiculous. I wouldn't recommend this field to anyone and I love it, however, the days of making a living in IT are over unless these US corporations wake up. Let's flip the script. I bet you if these CEO's and all of the fools making these stupid decision to outsource US jobs oversees had their jobs outsourced it would give a lot of people a wake up call. The sad thing about it is the whole shorted scenario was a scam to begin with. Y2K in my opinion started it all and it's gotten much, much worse. You go to school and spend thousands of dollars on education to get a degree and what good does it do you if you can't make a living in that industry. You have experience, so what. You have certifications, so what. You're a great engineer, so what. We don't have any work for you because you job and your childrens jobs will be OUTSOURCED and my fiends it's going to get much, much worse! And as for Sun Microsystem's laying off American engineers and keeping the H1B's made me sick.
One day I happen to be in the lobby of a US corporation and the elevator opened and developers from oversees came out of it for 10 minutes. I thought, I was in the Twilight zone.
I can understand companies cutting cost where they can, but they shouldn't intentionally lay off American workers and replace them with oversees cheap labor and in some cases with developers who are not up to speed technically.
Concerned
16 years ago
Java is dead. There are more Java developers than there are attorneys. Java is a great language, however, it's entirely to many developers out there doing it and the rest are looking or doing something else. I for one gave up on Java a long time ago and move to .NET and C#. Don't knock it until you try it. I don't care if the demand for Java did for some reason come back, I would stay with .Net because you can't loose with Microsoft and I for one feel that in 2003 you'll see a lot of companies moving to .NET and scrapping their Java applications. Matter of fact it's happening already with a few big corporations in Southern California.
16 years ago
Hello, Prem. How are you? I wouldn't just focus on Java. Take a look at .NET. It's has a tremendous amount of potential and C# is great as well. I believe you mentioned that you had two years of Java then you should be in good shape with C# since the differences will be minor. Another thing to keep in mind is Microsoft's Visual Studio.Net is a wonderful environment to develop in.

Best Regards,
[ September 09, 2002: Message edited by: Evan Donaldson ]
16 years ago
Hello. My understanding is with the new WDSC or Eclipse there is suppose to be a new IDE that is replacing VisualAge for Java. Is that true? If so, what is it called? If not, will VisualAge still be the IDE that will allow for visual gui development.
Hello, Jon. That's a very interesting topic. I've spoke with individuals that are responsible for hiring developers and their may concern is experience. Depending on the position, it could require a degree in CS or higher, however, good experience is the clincher. Plus, most shops are going to drill you technically anyway and If you're worth your salt you'll probably win out. I don't mean this in a negative way, however, I think sometimes individuals who are not certified may have a problem with candidates who are cerified and when you have three or four certifications it may make it worse, however, it depends on the company. That's just my opinion.

[ June 24, 2002: Message edited by: Donald Nunn ]
17 years ago
Herb, don't worry. You might want to re-think your strategy. Since your Java certified you may want to focus on mixing Java and RPG/ILE, since you have so many years on the iSeries/400. I really think that's where the RPG programmer who has developed Java skills may win out. Don't focus on just Java because there are tons of Java developers out there. The iSeries shops that are really progressive will be looking for developers that are experienced in building hybrid applications. As I'm sure your aware IBM has done a tremendous job bringing ILE up to speed where it can compete with the other languages and using Java to replace those horrible green screens including encapsulating your business rules in service programs (packages) may give you an edge.
Just food for thought.
Regards,
[ June 15, 2002: Message edited by: Donald Nunn ]
17 years ago
Well, Mark. I guess, I can get myself a job as a hog washer back south on that date, If I'm lucky.

Regards,
17 years ago
Great explanation, Tim and thanks. I'm a newbie with Linux and I'm attempting learn as much as I can. Having a hard time finding current books on the Suse distribution, although the manuals are not half bad. Anyway, thanks a again.
Regards,
17 years ago
Thanks, Tim. That's what I'm looking for. You mentioned login scripts. Where could I locate some examples on coding login scripts. Also, I've installed Tomcat and it's working great, however, I would like to devise a way to launch it from my desktop instead of using startup.sh.
Thanks,
17 years ago
Hello, all. Is anyone familiar with the correct syntax for classpaths, paths, etc.. using SuSe linux? Also, would anyone know of a good source for this level of information.
Thanks,
17 years ago
I remember the RPG contracting boom. There was a lot of money to be made. They are quite a few companies with AS/400 and millions of lines of RPG code that needs tending to, however, do you really want to continue to do that. It's old technology, sure it pays the bills and of course you can stumble across a long term contract that will make you say "well I can't find a position writing Java code so I might as well make some money". Over time this will drive your insane, especially If you've put in a lot of time learning the new stuff.
My two cents,
17 years ago
Congrats, Ricardo. Great job!
Regards,
[ May 10, 2002: Message edited by: Donald Nunn ]
17 years ago