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[dropcap size=big]J[/dropcap]ava is one of the most popular computer programming language, and was originally developed by James Gosling while he was working at Sun Microsystems. The first implementation of version 1.0 was back in 1995. There are 100’s of millions of Java downloads each year, and billions of mobile devices run Java. It’s a really big deal in the technology world. (below is an image of the Java mascot, and one of J. Gosling)

java                JGosling

Java was originally designed for interactive television, but it was too advanced for the digital cable television industry at the time.The language was initially called Oak after an oak tree that stood outside Gosling’s office; it went by the name Green later, and was later renamed Java, from Java coffee, said to be consumed in large quantities by the language’s creators. (Wikipedia)

[divider]JAVA DEVELOPER ROLE[/divider]

A Java developer is responsible for programming to create processes that perform computerized tasks – usually involving complex processing or for making Web applications. A Java developer develops the Java code to build an application. A developer must be able to program in Java – and also analyze a problem, gather and document requirements, analyze data, and work well on a team. Here’s an example of what a Java developer does all day. Most Java developers have a computer software background and have a degree in information systems, software engineering, computer science, or mathematics.

Java Developer Job Description and Java Developer Average Salary  (salary.com)

Java developers are in high demand, and the money is great. (see Java Developer Salary) There is high demand for good Java developers – especially in IT and Engineering Services firms such as HCL Technologies.  Java developers usually progress through their career starting out as Junior developers and move up to become Senior developers, then Team leaders, and eventually Development Architects and eventually Chief Information Officers (CIO).

Here is an example of a day in the life of a Java Developer

Here is some more advice on how to become a Java Developer

[divider] JAVA DEVELOPER SKILLS[/divider]

Below are some links to free information, courses, tutorials on how to improve your Java developer skills.

Check out the Oracle Technology Network for Java

Sign up for Java Magazine

Free Java Tutorial

Interactive Java Tutorial (LearnJavaOnline.org)

Oracle Java Tutorials & Training

Introduction to Programming in Java

Java Essentials Training (Lynda.com)

Java Tutorials (Lynda.com)

Java Fundamentals I & II (Open Sesame)

How to Become a Java Developer (w/o college degree)

Java Programming for Developers (Video Training by CBT Nuggets)

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