Reading API specifications. Joining mailing lists. Working through tutorials. Buying best practice books. Researching frameworks. Delving into source code.
Yes, it’s back to work for me (though physically still at home for the time being). After the best part of two years providing architecture consultancy for WebSphere and MQ, I want to get back into actual coding again.
So my self-appointed task is to put together a prototype backend system for a commercial website, using the latest-and-greatest Open Source software and Sun specs. And hopefully get the Web Component Developer certification while I’m at it.
This week is getting my head round Maven 2.0 (build/integration framework), Java Server Faces (webapp structure), Subversion (next-gen source control) and trying to catch up on 2 years of JSP and Servlet spec changes. Fly my techy fingers.