Rick Yentzer

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Thanks for your help! That gets me going in a direction that I was unsure of. I'm going to check out the Servlets and JSP Head First book along with picking up some basic Java.
5 years ago
As the title says I'm a front-end web developer who just started working with a large auto-parts retailer. The website is built with Java using Spring and several other terms I'm not familiar with. My role will be building out the front-end, while integrating it with the JSP templates.

I've learned a little bit of Python (Flask), Ruby, and PHP (a lot of WordPress customization) in the past so I have a decent understanding of the basics of programming. But I'm a bit at a loss as to where to begin learning Spring. I grabbed a book on it, but then realized I needed at least a basic understanding of Java.

But after that, what's next? Do I then start learning Spring? Or do I learn about JSP and Servlets? Where does Gradle, Maven, Ant fit in? I'm used to JSON files and I honestly thought XML was dieing, but that's obviously a wrong assumption.

I'm overwhelmed at this point and could sure use some pointers on what to give priority to in getting up to speed with Java and Spring. And don't get me started on Eclipse.

Thanks,
Rick
5 years ago
Thank you for the response. I'm currently reading Head First Java along with Java How To Program. I basically switch between the two when one isn't clear or I need a different perspective. I was thinking of reading Murach's Java Servlets and JSP. The 3rd edition came out this year.
5 years ago
A little background: I'm a graphic designer turned front-end developer. I have extensive experience with the client side and can customize WordPress and PHP. I've dabbled with Python and Ruby also. I was just hired by a large automotive parts store as a front-end guy. But with my new job taking me in a different direction because they use Java and Spring for their back-end. Part of my job responsibilities will be to move my custom built pages into the current JSP, CSS... files.

Question: I've built several websites with WordPress. I've studied MySQL, PHP, etc to become better at it. Is it realistic to build small mom-pop websites with Java and Spring? I'm asking because I would actually like to learn more about the back-end and since I'm having to learn at least a minimum amount of Java and Spring, I thought it might be a good opportunity to take advantage of the situation and really dig in. Do people build personal sites with this stuff? Please forgive my ignorance. As I said I'm a front-end guy who had no idea that Java was used on the back-end. I thought it was Ruby, PHP, or Python.

Thank you for your time.
Rick
5 years ago