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How to learn Java if you are over 30...

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I would like to draw the attention of everyone who thinks that the Javarash course requires too much time and effort (money)! How to learn Java if you are already over 30... - 1For me, the task of learning Java in 1 year (that’s how I set it for myself) was aggravated by the presence of two children (0.5 years old and 4 years old), lack of work at that time, and, as it seemed to me then, the main problem was age - 35 years old . For the purity of the description, it must be said that there were also advantages - a background in the form of a physics diploma, experience as a system administrator, experience in creating websites (HTML + CSS), plus 5 years of experience in a large telecommunications company, as the head of the operation department of a city Internet network. Nevertheless, there was essentially no direct programming experience other than Basic at school and TurboPascal at university. I was inspired, firstly, by the loss of my job, and secondly, in the process of searching for a blog of one “colleague in misfortune . ” Not right away, but I came across Javarash - around the end of January 2015 and away we go... Around the beginning of classes, I bought Philosophy of JavaBruce Eckel. By April, the first 10 levels had been completed and almost all the problems had been solved, then there was a promotion on Javarash, in connection with which a subscription was purchased (by the way, it seems that for the fact that all the problems were solved, the discount was another $20 more). By August, approximately 23 - 25 levels had been completed; however, the tasks had already been solved somewhere up to level 20. I took a 2 week vacation and set a date for an interview with essentially the only large company in my region. Because an approximate list of questions was worked out in advance, and I intensively prepared for the theory, then the technical interview went well (about 40 minutes on Skype), the second stage was writing a test task, and the technology stack alone terrified me. JSF + Primefaces, Hibernate, Java7, PostgreSQL, Glassfish, with JUnit and Maven as additional (optional) requirements. And I had to write a typical CRUD “Online Library” web application with the ability to authorize and manage user roles. I had practically no clear idea about Java EE at that time, however, there was no turning back, and in 2 weeks something was done that, as it seemed to me, met these requirements, well, except for unit tests. To my surprise, almost on the same day as I submitted the task, they called me back and made a job-offer. So I became a java junior. At the moment, the probationary period is behind us, a lot of worries and doubts are behind us, but a year later I can say that I have never regretted the money, time, or effort spent, and I wish the same for you! PS: Yes, and by the way, despite the fact that I myself got a job already at the 20th level, if possible, I do not advise doing this, because the 3 months of the probationary period were one big stress for me. The first step was to learn Git in a couple of weekends; I constantly had to fill gaps in knowledge. In this regard, Javarash continued to take the course until victory. Of course, taking the course completely and then getting a job is a much more sensible idea, but my path was more tortuous.