Sunday, December 31, 2006

Year 2007: My Self-Study Goals

In the past year of 2006, i took 4 Sun certifications (that includes Java SE 5.0 programmer, J2EE 1.4 Webservices developer, J2EE 1.4 Web component developer and J2EE 1.3 Business component developer) and 2 trainings ( Oracle workforce development program's Introduction to Oracle 9i SQL and Program with Oracle 9i PL/SQL). In short, i invested a lot of effort and time in learning of Java EE based enterprise application development, which became the major focus for me last year. I wanted to cover every aspect of web application development in my learning, right from CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, XHTML on client tier to Servlets/JSP/Struts 1.2 on Web tier to EJB 2.x for Business tier and lastly, relational database SQL and PL/SQL on EIS tier. I also covered Webservices (in great details) which has become a very important tool for A2A (ie EAI) and B2B integrations. Learning of Webservices and my score of 88% in SCDJWS 1.4 exam really makes me feel good as i have felt that Webservices will be a good substitute for SNMP in the network management domain (the domain in which i continue to specialize).

This year (2007) i intend to continue with learning of EJB 3.0 and JSF 1.2 to begin with. I have also started a project BaseApp (a kick-starter application for development using Java EE 5.0). I also have intentions to learn a bit about JBoss Seam framework (since its on standards track and is a framework built around EJB 3 and JSF). I also think that EJB 3 and JSF 1.2 together with up coming Web beans (or current JBoss seam) will be a strong (and standard) contender to Spring framework. So i will be focusing a lot on Java EE this year too.

Also the goal will be complete BaseApp. For now, baseapp happens to be open ended enterprise but we will soon be defining the requirements for the first release formally.

A few things i missed to complete last year are the reading of,
  1. H F Design patterns
  2. JUnit in Action
  3. J2EE Design and Development
  4. H F HTML with CSS & XHTML
  5. Get SCEA certification
  6. BPEL and WSDM/WS-Man
  7. Ruby/Perl
I think with work and the above tasks identified, i will have enough on my plate for this year.

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