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Two Week anniversary as a Java Developer!!!

 
Travis Gibson
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Howdy Fellow Ranchers,
I have indeed made it(I Think??). I am officially a Java Developer! Actually I convinced my current employer based upon my skillset and knowledge of their core business to allow me to join the Web Development team full-time.
It has been fun, challenging and a great learning experience. They use Visual Age and Websphere at my shop. I am writing Servlets, JSP and Java Beans which access Mainframe DB2 tables and produce all kinds of PDF and e-mail attachments. To be honest I was a little nervous because I knew nothing of Visual Age(All of my code had been done in a Java Text Editor that highlighted keywords).
Let me tell you that after you get past the learning curve Visual Age is very powerful, almost too powerful if you asked me. I still find myself writing come code in my Java Text Editor because I want to stay sharp.
Here are some of my observations:
1.) Real Work experience is quite different from any "personal" projects that you may work on. The language is the same but there are alot of other issues to consider(Business logic constraints, Team Interaction, Resources, Performance, Legacy languages).
2.) No one really knows all the APIs. Some people are good with JSP/Servlets and others are better with EJB/RMI ect. I have exposure to quite a few in that way "personal development" helped.
3.) It's a whole heck of a lot more fun than the Mainframe stuff that I have been doing for the past 9 years.
Thanks for all your help. Without JavaRanch I am sure I would still be doing the same thing...HOORAH!!
Regards,
Travis M Gibson, SCJP
Java Developer www.travismgibson.com
travis@travismgibson.com
 
Rajesh Hegde
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Congrats Travis !! , Wish you the best as java developer.
 
Pete Pan
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Good comments Travis. Hope things work out for you
Originally posted by Travis Gibson:
Howdy Fellow Ranchers,
I have indeed made it(I Think??). I am officially a Java Developer! Actually I convinced my current employer based upon my skillset and knowledge of their core business to allow me to join the Web Development team full-time.
It has been fun, challenging and a great learning experience. They use Visual Age and Websphere at my shop. I am writing Servlets, JSP and Java Beans which access Mainframe DB2 tables and produce all kinds of PDF and e-mail attachments. To be honest I was a little nervous because I knew nothing of Visual Age(All of my code had been done in a Java Text Editor that highlighted keywords).
Let me tell you that after you get past the learning curve Visual Age is very powerful, almost too powerful if you asked me. I still find myself writing come code in my Java Text Editor because I want to stay sharp.
Here are some of my observations:
1.) Real Work experience is quite different from any "personal" projects that you may work on. The language is the same but there are alot of other issues to consider(Business logic constraints, Team Interaction, Resources, Performance, Legacy languages).
2.) No one really knows all the APIs. Some people are good with JSP/Servlets and others are better with EJB/RMI ect. I have exposure to quite a few in that way "personal development" helped.
3.) It's a whole heck of a lot more fun than the Mainframe stuff that I have been doing for the past 9 years.
Thanks for all your help. Without JavaRanch I am sure I would still be doing the same thing...HOORAH!!
Regards,
Travis M Gibson, SCJP
Java Developer www.travismgibson.com
travis@travismgibson.com

 
Shama Khan
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Wait till you start cursing out Visual Age!
However, it has its great features
 
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Yes indeed!
First thing you probably noticed is the method level development environment. No more opening a huge *.java class file with tons of statements (including methods, variables etc.)
At first I didn't like it (because it wasn't familiar) and now I take it for granted and would not have it any other way.
And yes, as the last poster said, soon you will be cursing it (at least some of the time).
Finally, what workstation are you using and with how much memory?
Oh yes! Congratulations! I identify with your excitement as a new member of the Web Development team.
PS: There's a new book (the only one, I think) about VA version 3.5 (and 3.02):
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471317306/qid=985197886/sr=1-1/ref=sc_b_2/103-8907323-5020614
 
Tony Alicea
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And a RedBook from IBM:
http://www7.software.ibm.com/vad.nsf/data/document4528
 
Travis Gibson
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Howdy Fellow Ranchers,
I am just happy to be doing what I've been studying and working to achieve for the past year and a half...get a position as a Java Developer. It wasn't an easy road but for all the people who said you can't transition a Mainframe guy into Java(OOP) I am living proof.
I am running VA 3.5 on a workstation with: 800mhz, 512 MB ram running NT. Although VA can kind of get bogged down at times I have learned to close all other windows when doing certain VA functions like Setting up datasources, Doing any kind of reorganization, or debugging(except for browser windows).
I feel me skills as a Developer getting stronger everyday. I actually look forward to getting to work. My problem solving skills have also improved(because I am the type who really doesn't like to bug other developers with a bunch of questions.) Surprisingly I haven't really needed to asked a technical question yet, just business logic related. I feel pretty good about that fact.
Anyway..I'm back to work. The day goes by way too fast. I look forward to updating my resume in the near future it should look great in about six-to-eight more months.
Thanks for all your help,
Travis M Gibson, SCJP www.travismgibson.com
travis@travismgibson.com

 
Travis Gibson
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Tony,
I actually have the Visual Age 3.5 book you mentioned and it is actually pretty decent. But there are quite a few mistakes in the book and it is geared to much towards Swing and AWT development for my liking. It's JSP/Servlet and Database chapters are pretty weak. Although I did find the settings for DB2 Databases very useful.
I've read better written books but it is not bad overall.
Regards,
Travis, SCJP
Java Developer www.travismgibson.com
travis@travismgibson.com
 
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