This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I'm hoping this is a good place to ask this question, you come highly recommended. <really ;-) />
Can you start a career in Java programming by self-study?
I'm 52 years old, I've been in web development for about 16 years now.
Tons of HTML/CSS, PHP (procedural) / MySQL. I've worked on some large teams.
I was introduced to Java a couple of years ago when the company I worked for decided to migrate to ATG ecom and they began to move the PHP devs to Java.
They brought in a trainer from N-Tier training and I was loving it, but the company never let off the pressure so we could really study, we had the first major release looming and they set up this training. I enjoyed learning about design patterns and TDD. But,.. to make a long story short, "living to work" got old after 8 months didn't jive with my family life and I bailed. I haven't done any Java since.
I really liked the little bit of Java I got to experience and if I had my way I'd continue to teach myself and try to get a job doing it.
So, can a 52 year old web developer migrate to a Java Career?
Landing a job might be a challenge -- it's tough even for us boomers who aren't breaking into new areas.