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What kind of skills does a Java developer need?

Waria Ahmed
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Joined: Jul 09, 2008
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I am currently working as a 2nd line support and am hoping to build my skills to become a java developer and progress quickly.

I have already passed my SCJP exam and am looking into doing OMG UML Fundamentals and maybe something in project management in the distant future.

I have tried applying for trainee java developer roles but they require experience for some reason.. so I have decided to build my skills and create java projects as a free lancer in my spare time to build my experience.

Are there any reccommendations in what would help me in the future? even if there is something I should do in 20 years time, I would like a few opinions on what java developers require.

Thanks very much in advance...
Bobby Sharma
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Some skills you should know :

1)good communication skills
2)good problem solving skills
3)database skills(oracle,mysql,etc.)
4)frameworks(struts,hibernate,spring,JUnit,Jface)
5)UML,html,xml,javascript
6)working knowledge of Linux.(not necessary in some cases)
7)c/c++ for native function calls
8)ruby on rails
9)ability to work for long hours
10)code optimization technics

The above information is based on astalavista forum.

best regards,
omi
[ September 04, 2008: Message edited by: omi sharma ]

Back to Java , again.
Waria Ahmed
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Thanks,
that was very helpful.
Gabriel Claramunt
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9)ability to work for long hours

I would add: the ability to AVOID working for long hours by analyzing the problem and creating a solid design.


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arulk pillai
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In short good technical skills complemented with great soft skills.


Soft Skills

-- Top notch interpersonal skills to deliver results with your colleagues and people in non-IT areas you must work with.

-- Excellent written and oral communication skills.

-- Well developed research and analytical skills with good problem solving and lateral thinking ability to challenge, conceptualize, and recommend simpler, improved, and alternative solution(s).

-- Exceptional leadership skills. Being a good leader, listener and mentor with ability to provide advice and feedback, share knowledge, face challenges, handle pressure, and admit mistakes.

-- Knowing your business well enough with good work ethics.

-- Being a team player as well as ability to work independently with reliability and integrity.

-- Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships in multi-disciplinary teams with good adaptability, flexibility, and negotiation skills.

-- Quick learner with ability to learn new skills/technology from scratch.

-- Behavioral traits such as right attitude (i.e. positive can-do, can-bounce-back without �I know it all� mindset), motivation, taking initiatives, organizational skills and effective time management.


Technical Skills


-- Know the basics/fundmentals

-- Know the key areas like design concepts, design patterns, performance issues, memory issues, concurrency issues, etc.

-- Gain experience in the sought-after technologies/frameworks.


Finally learn to market your skills, experience, knowledge and ability more effectively than your competition. �People more often buy the best advertised product than the best product�. Same is true for marketing your personal services


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Mike Isano
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Joined: Jan 19, 2007
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1. know java

2. be familiar with creating websites. JSP's, servlets.

3. become a relational database expert. I've never seen a project that didn't use a relational database.
Georgios Chatziefstratiou
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Joined: May 26, 2012
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I also wanted to ask what kind of skills in software needed.


Example right click and how to implement it

batch save multi threading RMI
how to write code ?
I mean you cannot know everything and there are thinks you haven't thing of so how can you say that a developer is junior mid or senior?From the tasks he do?if yes some examples of this tasks.

what else is consider junior mid and advanced Java developer skills
Andy Jack
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2008 ? What about SVN, source control ? Apache developed it in 2000, so one can expect it to be mentioned here.


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