I have experience on developing project for 2 1/2 years, using JSP/Servlet, JSF, Spring, Hibernate/JPA, Eclipse IDE, Oracle DB and Oracle Weblogic. Also, holding SCJP, SCBCD, and SCWCD, and planning to carry on for Spring Certification, Oracle DB and Oracle Weblogic Certification.
However, I feel I'm lack of knowledge for complete software engineering , such as knowledge on good implementation of Software Configuration Management , Subversion, Maven, Unit Testing, Continuous Integration. Also, found out that all this is not important in a small/medium project, because Sales/Marketing is more important for this kind of project as a conclusion from my job and experience from my friend.
What I wish is to move to join a critical project, such as banking/financial/insurance projects (or any other else ? please suggest ! thanks) , this will give me more valuable experience, and will motivate me to move on in my career. Any suggestion on how to prepare myself for this pathway? I really appreciate all your help, because I feel so dull/boring/demotivate recently.
One idea for you to not to get dull is to try integrating Unit Testing, Continuous Integration in your current project. As a matter of fact it simply does not mean that just because the project that you are currently in is a small project, it does not need JUnit and Continuous Integration. These are just tools to improve the code quality and would suit any project irrespective of its size.
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Read a lot of books. There are many good books available on the topics that you mentioned above. Like what Jothi said, even for small projects, you still need to have unit testing, continuous integration, version control, etc. Try to implement any of those practices in your small/pet projects so that you can appreciate them better.
Wish you luck
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