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    Ken Kroel Guest

    career advice


    Greetings all,

    I am currently finishing up an A.S. degree in computer programming (graduate
    spring 00) and hope to eventually find a job programming in java. I am currently
    working in network support having come up through the pc tech/helpdesk path.

    However I don't have any "real world" programming experience, so my job pool
    is quite limited.

    To address this I have decided to work on a project that would
    involve using java, oracle, linux and apache to create a web-enabled database
    application. Nothing complicated (for now), just allow online viewing/updating
    of the database. Being an "experience challenged" programmer, I have several
    questions:

    1. Is this a good idea to make myself more "hireable"?
    2. are there any books that would help me with this project?
    3. what things should I do/not do, to avoid trouble and/or impress potential
    employers?
    4. Assuming it works, what's the best way to "brag" about it on resumes and
    in interviews?

    Any input, advice or pointers to more info is greatly appreciated.
    TIA!
    Ken

    ps. I have had several classes in vb, c++, oracle and java so I am competent
    in things like basic programming techniques, OO concepts and basic oracle
    admin, but have not used apache at all. This will be done on a small home
    network of 3 pc's (2 linux, 1 windows) with a dial-up connection.

  2. #2
    JAVA GUY Guest

    Re: career advice


    That is a great idea to work on a project with three diff. technology. And
    java is coolest tech. for couple of years. besides once you will be familier
    with JAVA you need to look at C# from Microsoft also.


    "Ken Kroel" <kkroel@n-jcenter.com> wrote:
    >
    >Greetings all,
    >
    >I am currently finishing up an A.S. degree in computer programming (graduate
    >spring 00) and hope to eventually find a job programming in java. I am currently
    >working in network support having come up through the pc tech/helpdesk path.
    >
    >However I don't have any "real world" programming experience, so my job

    pool
    >is quite limited.
    >
    >To address this I have decided to work on a project that would
    >involve using java, oracle, linux and apache to create a web-enabled database
    >application. Nothing complicated (for now), just allow online viewing/updating
    >of the database. Being an "experience challenged" programmer, I have several
    >questions:
    >
    >1. Is this a good idea to make myself more "hireable"?
    >2. are there any books that would help me with this project?
    >3. what things should I do/not do, to avoid trouble and/or impress potential
    >employers?
    >4. Assuming it works, what's the best way to "brag" about it on resumes

    and
    >in interviews?
    >
    >Any input, advice or pointers to more info is greatly appreciated.
    >TIA!
    >Ken
    >
    >ps. I have had several classes in vb, c++, oracle and java so I am competent
    >in things like basic programming techniques, OO concepts and basic oracle
    >admin, but have not used apache at all. This will be done on a small home
    >network of 3 pc's (2 linux, 1 windows) with a dial-up connection.



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