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When I installed the first time, I got errors. I tried removing the feature, shutting down VAJ, then restarting, and reinstalling the feature again -- still not EJB tab. This time I got errors during the install process, but they were all corrected by the time the install finished. I have about 15 gig of disk free disk space. I also tried removing the Websphere test environment (after removing the EJB feature), and reinstalling the EJB dev env. This apparently triggers the installation of the Websphere Test env in addition to the EJB dev env. I'd get an error message indicating that not enough memory was available. So I just reinstalled the Websphere Test Env. Of course, I still don't have an EJB tab. I also opened the IBM EJB Samples 3.5 project, and saw that there were no problems. Any more suggestions? Should I try uninstalling VAJ, and reinstalling? I had installed patch -- was that ok, or necessary? Can I call IBM?
Is VAJ a dead product? That's the first I've heard of that. Could you explain?
After I use the Quick Start to add the IBM EJB Development Environment, I don't get the new EJB tab in my workspace.
I'm using VisualAge for Java Enterprise Entry edition, which came with "Enterprise Java Programming with IBM Websphere" (One of the authors, Kyle Brown, is a bartender on this forum). BTW, the book is great!
My computer setup consists of a Pentium III 550 mhz with 384 meg RAM, running Windows 2000 (service pack 2). When I installed VisualAge, I applied the VisualAge patch that came on the CD.
Mike Leghorn
I first started programming Java using TextPad. I thought that would be the only way to go. Recently, I started working with VAJ, and I think it totally blows TextPad away, because in VAJ your code gets compiled when you save it, and your whole project is always compiled (except for code with errors) and anytime you make a code change that breaks something else (like another class) you see the broken code in the "Problems" view. VAJ also has a nice debugger. I can get a lot farther a lot faster with VAJ than with a simple editor and javac.
18 years ago
For the past six months I have been actively looking for work as a Java Developer in the Chicago area. I have been using Java for the past nine months, and am expanding my knowledge by working on a project at home using VisualAge for Java and an evaluation version of Websphere. You can view javadoc documentation of my project (which is still in progress) at I have thirteen years of experience developing software.
Here's my resume.

Mike Leghorn
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
1317 Brummel, Apt 2E
Evanston, IL 60202

To obtain a challenging position as a software developer that will allow me to contribute to the success of an organization.

Synectics, Inc
Chicago, IL
Senior Consultant
March 2001 to July 2001
* Assisted with design, development, and implementation of Synectics Employee Web Site.
* Work was accomplished using VisualAge for Java 3.5, JSP, Java Beans, Java Servlets, JavaScript, XML, HTML, Tomcat, IIS, and SQL Server, in a Windows 2000 environment.
Synectics, Inc.
Consulting at Scudder Kemper Investments
Chicago, Il.
Senior Consultant
November 1999 to March 2001
* As Technical Web Master of the Corporate Intranet, provided support for over 150 web developers.
* Provided technical leadership for the redesign of the Corporate Intranet.
* Designed and developed intranet application for tracking intranet webs and their owners.
* Designed and developed NT Administration Utility, using ADSI and Visual Basic.
* Developed ASP, JavaScript, CSS, and HTML tools for use by web developers.
* Work was accomplished using ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Visual Interdev, Visual Basic, ADO, ADSI, COM, SQL Server, Access, FrontPage, Excel, and IIS, in a Windows NT environment.
Synectics, Inc
Consulting at Kraft Foods
Chicago, Il.
Senior Consultant
July 1999 to October 1999
* Assisted with design, development, and implementation of an intranet application used to track environmental pathogens in foods.
* Assisted in the conversion of an Ideas Gathering and Reporting System from Access to an intranet application.
* Work was accomplished using ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Excel, OLE Automation, Visual Basic, VBA, Oracle, SQL Server, Access, and IIS, in a Windows 95/NT environment.
Naperville, IL
Senior Consultant
October 1998 to July 1999
* Developed a cellular phone customer support and inventory management system for Motorola, using Visual Basic 5.0, Code Base, and ActiveX.
* Developed Internet application which provides news, information relating to current events and developments in the business and financial world.
* Work was accomplished using ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, HTML, Visual Basic, Visual InterDev, SQL Server, and IIS, in a Windows NT environment.
* As head of the Total Quality Management Team, oversaw the development of a Quality Management System, which facilitates the delivery of quality software to clients.
Council For Jewish Elderly
Chicago, IL
Project Manager
January 1997 to October 1998
* As head of internal software development, oversaw design, development, and implementation of Advanced Revelation software systems used by over 200 people throughout the agency.
* Designed, developed and implemented Community Service Scheduling module, along with its interface into agency payroll and billing.
* Played a key role in the agency's migration to GroupWise Email by training the users, integrating our Advanced Revelation applications with Groupwise, and assisting with the Groupwise workstation installations.
* Represented I.S. in various task teams formed and operated based on Deming principles.
Systemetrics Software Solutions
Evanston, IL
Senior Software Developer
September 1994 to December 1996
* Designed, developed, implemented and maintained Hospital OR Scheduling and Materials Management software, using Clipper and Delphi.
* Managed and trained developers in Clipper and internal development tools and methodology.
Universal Networks
Elmhurst, IL
Applications Programmer Analyst
July 1993 to September 1994
* Designed, developed, and implemented custom accounting software for clients, using Access, Visual Basic, SQL/Windows, Open Insight and Advanced Revelation.
* Prepared course materials and curriculum for Open Insight and Advanced Revelation training, and conducted the training.
Follett Campus Resources
River Grove, IL
Applications Programmer Analyst
July 1990 to July 1993
* Designed and developed C interface library, which was used by programming staff to develop in-house C applications.
* Designed, developed, implemented, and maintained applications for internal end-users, using Advanced Revelation, C, Oracle Forms 3.0, and DBase III+.
* Assisted with administration of Novell LAN.
Medline Industries
Mundelein, IL
Programmer Analyst
November 1989 to July 1990
* Developed, maintained and enhanced Materials Management Systems for hospitals, using Clipper, BASIC, and TCAL.
* Developed utilities in Pascal to assist with internal development process.
J. Hall Associates
Elgin, IL
Programmer Analyst
January 1989 to October 1989
* Designed, developed, implemented, and maintained custom accounting software for clients using Revelation.

Elgin Community College
Elgin, IL
Associate in Arts, with a major in Data Processing, 1988
Graduated with Honors
Other Formal Training

MS Access
MS Visual C++
Novell Administration
Oracle Forms and DBA
Project Management
References: Available upon request

18 years ago
Now that I am a Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2, how do I get the word out to prospective employers? (I'm currently unemployeed.) On my resume, do I indicate my certification after my name, e.g. "Mike Leghorn, Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2"? Do I use the Sun Logo on my resume?
Also, how long do I have to wait before I get the package from Sun, and what kind of goodies are in it? Will they provide some advice on how to promote myself?
Thanks for your assistance,
Mike Leghorn
19 years ago
I took the test yesterday, and passed with a score of 83%. Despite all of my preparation, I found the questions to be TOUGH (much tougher than the questions in the mock exams online and in the three certification books I studied). My hopes sunk steadily as I got further into the test, and I often said to myself, "oh, well, you can always take it again". I spent several minutes on the first question alone. I was surprised when I found out that I passed, and even more surprised at the high score. BTW, be sure to study Java IO. I think I got six questions on that subject. Some of the questions were ridiculously tricky. For example, there was a question that went something like:
Which of these are valid assignments to a char variable?
char c = "face";
char c = 'face';
char c = "f";
char c = '\uface';
char c = 'f';
I think I actually got this one right. Notice that '\uface' is a valid value to assign to a char.
Here's what I did to prepare:
1) Read through three certification books:
a) "Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide" -- Syngress/Osborne (many authors). This is a very good book, although I caught many errors. The concepts are explained very clearly. CD that came with it has a timed mock exam. This book doesn't cover Java IO, which lead me to believe that it wasn't covered on the exam (it was covered on the exam!).
b) "Exam Cram -- Java 2", Second Edition, by Bill Brogden. The material is pretty condensed in this book, making it a good reference. Very good questions at the end of each chapter.
c) "Complete Java 2 Certification", Second Edition -- Sybex (several authors). This is an excellent book. The chapter on theads is the best of the three books (and the main reason I bought this book). CD that came with it has a timed mock exam. Same questions are given in the back of the book.
I recommend buying books a) and c), reading a) completely, reading the chapter on threads in c), then skimming through c). Of course, go through all the questions, and take the exams on the CDs.
2) Took a lot of mock exams. Once the material is learned, this is the BEST preparation. I frequently played the Java Roundup game. I also did the exams that came with the two big books listed above, and a couple of exams online (which you can access from this site).
19 years ago
Maybe you could try using the setSize method, instead of setPreferedSize(). For example: jif.setSize(100, 200);
19 years ago