Technologies in the Java space are constantly advancing, and keeping up with the latest tools and plugins that work for you on a professional level can be daunting.

Now, imagine trying to learn everything you need to in a classroom setting or training session, as a novice, before being unleashed on the “professional” world. Even more daunting.

However, there are options for educators to better prepare these novices or trainees for their impending careers in the development space.

In a sponsored Briefings Direct podcast, an expert panel including: Michael Cote, analyst for RedMonk; Ken Kousen, an independent technical trainer, president of Kousen IT, Inc., and adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Todd Williams, vice president of technology at Genuitec, explore the world of Java as it pertains to academia and the transition into the professional life as a developer.

The panel discusses new technology options like Pulse to not only ease the transition from classroom to real world, but also the enormous time-saving benefits to developers on the professional level.

Here is an excerpt:

"The gap between what’s taught in academia and what’s taught in the real world is very large, actually. … Academia will talk about abstractions of data structures, algorithms, and different techniques for doing things. Then, when people get into the real world, they have no idea what Spring, Hibernate, or any of the other issues really are.

It’s also interesting that a lot of developments in this field tend to flow from the working professionals toward academia, rather than the other way around, which is what you would find in engineering.

Part of what I see as being difficult, especially in the Java and Enterprise Java market, is the huge number of technologies that are being employed at different levels. Each company picks its own type of stack. … Finding employees that fit with what you are trying to do today, with an eye toward being able to mature them into where you are going tomorrow, is probably going to always be the concern."

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Allison, Genuitec, LLC 

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Posted on Aug 21st 2008