This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I understand there is no end to read books and gain knowledge. But I believe the best way to learn a technology is to make a project using those technologies.
Can some one give me guidelines as what I can do to learn them? I have made web application in past. I can use the same problem domain and build the web app agn using Spring and Hibernate. In that way I need not waste time on the scope of the project, I can just worry about working with Spring and Hibernate.
Please advise me if you know any resources, links, videos or books that are available online. There will be various points where I will get stuck. What is the best place to share doubts.
First, you must read books, like Spring in Action.
Second, you must do the exercises on those books.
Third, yes, if you dont use it on your day job, I do also make personal applications, just to play with ALL the new things I learned in the book. Just like you plan to do, I do this using 1 single application. I keep changing it to incorporate new knowledge, may it be spring, struts, hibernate, etc.
And lastly, isolate your learning. If you are studying spring, give yourself a break and study only spring. studying 2 things at the same time is asking for headache- like spring and hibernate together. Yes, the same time of course is okay and unavoidable, but keep them isolated when reading, and practicing code.