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Want to switch from Java Swing to Web based technology

Shyam kumar
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Joined: May 21, 2006
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Hi All,

I have got 3.5 yrs of work Exp in both core devlopment and maintance project. For the past 2 yrs I'm working in core Java and Swing. I wanted to switch to web technology (j2EE specifically) but the hard part is that I only have the basic theortical knowlege about JSP and servlet technology.
I'm told by my seniors that with this much of experience I'll do not stand a chance as all the orgnizations want people with good project workexp with above 3 years work exp.
Please guide me whether it is possible(and if yes, how?) for me to switch to web based projects.
If I make a switch to a different orgnization running J2EE project will I be able to get the break?
Also let me know if I give SCWCD exam will I be able to justify my stance if I switch?

Sury.
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Deepak Bala
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Not knowing anything about J2EE apps is not a reason to quit a company in my opinion. I know a person in my organization that has 5 years of experience in J2EE apps but cant write a line of swing properly. If you cant move to another project that teaches you J2EE, sit down and think about your decision carefully before you make the shift. How sure are you that you will land yourself into a J2EE project in the other company ? Leave only if you feel you cant derive much out of your company and if your learning curve is not steep enough.


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Shyam kumar
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Thanks for the reply... But I want to work on web technology and my current project has none. Would giving a SCWCD certification help...
Deepak Bala
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It would most certainly help you get a better grip on what web development is all about. I would recommend you prepare for it. Also learn how to go about making applications that work with weblogic or websphere. Managers dont enjoy the word tomcat Learning any of those two should help you.
Shyam kumar
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I'm told by my seniors that with this much of experience I'll do not stand a chance as all the orgnizations want people with good project workexp with above 3 years work exp.
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Hi John,

And what abt the text in bold above Even if I do the certification Will I be able to get the break in web technology? After all I dont have the live project work to show. Also is 3.5 yrs workExp is really to much???
Ritika Saxena
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Joined: Jul 02, 2006
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Hi Sury,

If you are working in Java, Swing field but don't have any experience in J2EE, I don't think it is a point of that much concern.
I have seen people changing technologies after many years of experience and from Java to J2EE is not a big deal. What matters is your attitude, potential, learning ability and luck of course. It all actually depends on how you put your self in front of the interviewer.
Certifications will obviously help you get confidence.
Deepak Bala
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Yep ! Dont care about what others have to say. You can gradually start learning about web technologies when you make the switch. Take the certification it will help boost your confidence. You will find that it will go quite some way in helping you understand a project and its architecture. I suggest you look at the struts framework. Its a very popular framework. Also look at hibernate and springs when you have the time. Look into EJBs in the mean while. Good luck
 
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