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Re: [ljc] Java experrience

From: Dinuk W.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:58 AM
Hi,

If you are already comfortable using Java - then the best option is to contribute to open source code. 

This has several advantages:
  • The very act of trying to compile a project will itself be a worthwhile learning experience

    • You will have to play with your IDE, tweak build settings, install and setup build tools .. etc. etc.
    • Knowing how to troubleshoot these problems and resolve them will teach you a lot about the underlying abstractions (that sometimes leak) and how to work with large-ish code bases

  • Contribute small patches

    The experience will be very similar to working in an organisation

    • There will be an existing codebase which you will have to be able to understand design (very quickly)
    • You will (initially) be expected to fix small bugs, implement new features to get you gradually familiar with working with the code 
    • Over time (as your clue evolves) work on big changes 

  • Provides you an opportunity to create a portfolio of tangible contributions that lends a lot of credibility

 Language certifications/training courses can also help - but not for the commonly cited reasons
  • There is a tendency to learn 'just-enough' to get a task done. Certifications, training courses will encourage you to look at things beyond your comfort zone
Hope this helps
Dinuk
 

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 5:21 AM, Naveed <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi everyone

I was wondering, what is the best way to get  industry experience in java, as I'm in a non tech back ground.
Any advice will appreciated

Nav

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On 8 Oct 2012, at 15:02, "James Gough" <[address removed]> wrote:

The Well Grounded Java Developer is an awesome book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Well-Grounded-Java-Developer-programming/dp/1617290068/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349703356&sr=8-1

It address points 1, 2, 4 and 5 very well. If you haven't done any Java before then I'd recommended reading some online tutorials and then trying this book to consolidate what you know.

Thanks,
Jim

On 8 October[masked]:34, Trisha <[address removed]> wrote:
I haven't read the Java one, but I've found the Head First books dead handy for getting your brain in the right place for learning things:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Head-First-Java-Kathy-Sierra/dp/0596009208


On 8 October[masked]:29, Ambikesh Jayal <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi All,

I am looking for recommendations for a java programming book. I know of plenty of books in programming and java but just thought to get opinions of others. It would be big advantage if the book is open source and free. 

Ideally I am looking for a book that is:
1. Interesting and fun to read.
2. Simple to understand, based on active learning approach, possibly with real life examples
3. Directed mainly towards people who are learning programming for the first time
4. Book should be as much about general programming concepts as it is about Java in particular.
5. There should be no prerequisites beyond a general familiarity with the ideas of computers and programs.

Thanks and Regards,
Ambi.




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