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How do I get into more Architect Roles?

 
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I am now a "Java Developer" and would like to move into Design and more Architecty kind of roles.
What are the things I need to know for this?
 
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Become proficient in J2EE (Servlets, JSP, EJB, JSTL, XML, and others).
Learn a framework such as Struts.
Good luck!
 
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.. and make up and use a number of complex statements very loudly in every meeting, like 'paradigm shifts', �quantifiable quality improvement�, �extreme iterative product development process reviews� etc - Never underestimate the stupidity of the upper management!
 
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Good question. Ok so I know Struts, EJB, ant, xdoclet...
Does that make me an Architect :roll:
What about database skills? Is the enterprise just about java and j2ee?
 
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In my experience, architects know the buzzwords and how to talk to management.
Programmers know what buzzwords to avoid and don't know how to talk to management.
Architects put out nice presentations with lots of UML and buzzwords (UML of course is also a buzzword) and call those architectures and design documents.
These are then ignored by the programmers who produce code that actually works rather than looks good on paper.
In all instances where the designs from the architects were implemented as the architects intended the application was an abysmal failure in my experience.
 
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Be careful... I've been a developer for 10 years, and recently was moved into an 'Architect' role. So far, I've only been developing in this role (due to a WebLogic project I'm involved in).
Most people look at our Architecture group with disdane, since most of the people that are in this group are far removed from development, and are really only there to set 'strategy'. The role I'm moving to is more R & D, so I hope to maintain my developer skills.
 
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