Hi, I'm an ASP developer, I'm new to the Java world and I wanted to know what I should study after I've learned the semantics of the language. I think I'm pretty comfortable now with interpretting code now I just need to get some hands on experience with coding something usefull.
Any one have any suggestions on what I can do to get more familiar. I ultimately want to be able to work with IBM Websphere Portlets and other web components. Thanks.
I think right here at JavaRanch there are some code examples and exercises, they would be a good place to start. Also getting one of those "Cookbook" type of books can be good for someone who likes to learn from existing code.
Going through the Cattle Drive exercizes should be useful. If you want to work on web components, the Servlets part should be a good introduction to the basics of Java web services. You might also want to play around with Tomcat and Apache Axis.