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Advice Needed

 
Ron Haught
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I am in the process of learning Java, in the hopes of eventually having a career as a programmer. I am inclined to think that database management is the specific aspect of Java programming that I would like to pursue, since I have met a few people who are doing this, and I believe it to be a solid career choice.
I am wondering if there is any advice on what certifications I should get, and the best way to become proficient in database management using Java.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
[ March 05, 2003: Message edited by: Ron Haught ]
 
Chris Shepherd
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Certifications, I don't know, but as for the proficiency, the only way is practice. You're gonna need to learn sql as well. Find yourself a free or cheap DB to work against and make up a program you want to write (if you don't have a job doing it). do something simple like setting up a library of you CD collection or something that you can search from a java gui. Keep working with the language and try to get a job where you can incorperate this kind of learning into your workday. Those jobs can be hard to come by, but be creative.
Heck, get a job at a restaurant and in your spare time, work up an inventory system using java. Show it to your boss (if you have a cool one) for extra bonus points. If he really likes it, give him a copy to use at the restaurant. Now you have a star on your resume that you have software in use in the real world. Plus now if he wants to add a feature, or change how it works, you can ask him if he'll pay you for your time.
Of course if your restaurant already has computerized inventory, then you're out of luck... unless yours is better.
The real trick is keep working with it...
HTH
[ March 05, 2003: Message edited by: Chris Shepherd ]
 
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