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How many Java skills should one have?

Tina Desai
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Joined: Mar 13, 2003
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Is it good to master some 2/3 areas or is it good to 'atleast know'/have exposure to every related technology?
Just wondered what other ranchers do..


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Arjun Shastry
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I think some basic knowledge should we possess about how those things work.

Tina Desai
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Hmm.. I too thought so. The thing is that, I read a couple of technologies and I read a lil in depth about them. As I have not worked on them, I tend to forget the details. And as used I mention them on the CV(as technologies I have self studied), I needed to re-read it every time. I did this a couple of times and then.. stopped mentioning them on the CV.

At the end of the day, I have not worked on them. So no hard feelings to cut them from the CV and save myself in front of a Guru in an interview. But how do I highlight that I 'know' them somewhat and can take it further if needed for some job?

Right now I have stopped doing this. If I get time to read about any new technology, I do it for myself. And mention something on CV if I do work on it.

Naren Bhartiya

Joined: Oct 27, 2003
Posts: 21
This is really a great topic of discussion and there may be many answers depending of personal choices.

As Java is very wide spread to cover the technology needs for variety of domains and Sun has done great job to divide it into 3 major categories.
Standard, enterprise and Micro.
I believe when one put himself/herself into IT market as an expert in particular domain with master level knowledge of a highly coupled bundle of 2-3 technologies and awareness of related technologies it satisfies the employer�s hunt for techie in desired areas. Remember once you put a bigger number in experience section, the person interviewing you expect more than just API's or syntax like the solution approach, design and other work mentioned in your resume.


What to know is important than knowledge.
[ August 22, 2004: Message edited by: Naren Bhartiya ]
Tina Desai
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Joined: Mar 13, 2003
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I have more experience in Advance Java. As I have worked lil on Standard Java, I wonder if I do not know the 'real' Java.. :roll:
Svend Rost
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Joined: Oct 23, 2002
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First of all, what is ment with area?
Do we talk about developing web aplications or developing systems in
Bioinformatics as "areas", do we talk about J2SE or J2ME as an area ?

Second of all - it also depends on your background and where you want
to go - career wise! Are you a "specialist" or a generalist?
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