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Question for Bob Janson - book for help in supporting WebSphere Portal

 
Sande Corbett
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Hi Bob,

From what I've seen so far, your book sounds like what I needed a couple of years ago, and I think I still could benefit from it. I work on a WebSphere Portal application built using WPS on top of WAS.

My role is primarily UI design, but as the member of my team with the most history and knowledge of our application, I am often tasked with providing guidance to the Java developers who work on the back end. I'm still very new to OOP and my comfort level isn't as high as it should be. I want to become more adept with Java but find that the complexity of our application leaves me overwhelmed (not to mention that I'm still trying to grasp all the capabilities of RAD).

Would your book be helpful to a UI-oriented person who needs to learn Java for improved coordination with other developers?
 
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Hi Sande,
You sound like a poster child for the book ;-). As I mentioned earlier, this assumes no knowledge of OOP, Java or RAD but does assume you have basic programming knowledge (loops, if/then/else, etc.). So for things like reference vs. primitive variables, objects, how to have RAD generate code for you, the Visual Editor, how to implement MVC, data encapsulation, etc. it is very step by step. If you do decide to try it, please let me know what worked and didn't work for you and any suggestions you have.
 
Sande Corbett
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Thanks! I've never been a poster child before. ;-)

That step-by-step is exactly what I need. I understand loops and if/then/else; but I often find that other books and online tutorials, even those labeled as "beginner," assume more programming knowledge and provide no instruction on how to install apps, create a bat file, set up paths and classpaths, connect to DB2, and set up the IDE (all those things you mentioned in your reply to Frits). I'm a very step-by-step oriented person and need a bit more handholding than my back-end developer colleagues have time and inclination to provide.
 
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