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New to Java/Entry Level Programmer Questions

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marknibert
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My name is Mark Nibert and I currently live in Dublin, Ohio. I am starting on my Masters in Computer Science at Franklin University in September. I am also looking to move into more of a developer career at this point as the help desk and troubleshooting have became cumbersome. I am working on learning Java as this is what Franklin uses for their MSCS degree. What I would like to know is any recommended skill sets and applications to learn alongside Java? Also any advice on how to begin developing a portfolio and make myself marketable would be great. I have a little experience in programming from my Undergrad degree which should help me get started. I have several books on Java and several videos in which I am going to use I just want to make sure I developed the skills that will get me a job.

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tlemus
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Joined: 2008-03-16

Hi my name is Marco and i was study java since 2003 by myself and i want to tell you something.... in the internet i found a better IDE that you can use to develop programs for J2SE J2ME and J2EE and its called Netbeans, of course that you can found others but this is better... you can start here to find all the technologies that are on the market's job

this is the page: http://www.netbeans.org

Good Luck!

Kindly

Marco Antonio Trejo Lemus

marknibert
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Yeah that is the one I am currently using to work with. I have a book called head first Java that I am working through. I am hoping to start a career in Java development.

rivetm
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Joined: 2009-11-20

Yes, well I had the same question. I am currently doing my undergrad work in software engineering at University of Phoenix. I want to specialize in Java development and not having any experience is going to make it hard to break in. However I think that getting the Sun Certified Java Programmer, certificate will help immensely. I hear that the SCJP is highly coveted; and you can go further after that. Also the IEEE has CSDA (certified software development associate) and CSDP (certified software development professional) certification in the software engineering profession which is also highly regarded; Check it out

jwenting
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> Yes, well I had the same question. I am currently
> doing my undergrad work in software engineering at
> University of Phoenix. I want to specialize in Java
> development and not having any experience is going to

Don't. A language is just a tool, a well rounded professional should have a variety of tools at his disposal.
Java can be one of those tools, but should never be the only one.

> make it hard to break in. However I think that
> getting the Sun Certified Java Programmer,
> certificate will help immensely. I hear that the SCJP
> is highly coveted; and you can go further after that.

It's not. It might get your resume noticed in the pile of hundreds of others, but no more than that.
So many people with little or no credentials manage to pass the exam that the actual value of it in indicating a person's competence is severely degraded.