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Taking a leap of faith with Java

Posted by larryjava on March 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM PST

Hello all.
I am back with more stories about our adventures in the world of Java.
From the distant past to recent events. I hope to entertain, enlighten, and encourage.
So hold on to your hats.

For software developers in IT, there are times when you find yourself present at the birth of a major application.
Normally these are dream assignments. But consider the following additional factors.

1) You are about to utilize technology that your company has never used before.
2) You have no in-house expertise with this technology.
3) You have no clear ideas on which "best practices" to adopt.
4) The application you create will be very visible inside your company.

This now looks like a very risky project.
Who in their right mind would undertake a project of this nature?

I could be describing a scenario taking place at this very moment.
Software developers are constantly hearing about new technologies and changing technologies.
In our case, this is what we encountered over a decade ago.

Our team was about to create our company's very first Java/J2EE application!

But we had several factors in our favor.

1) Passion to succeed. We were very committed to learn all we could about Java.
2) The functionality for our application was clearly defined.
3) We had outstanding support from the peer groups we would be working with.
4) We realized that we would make mistakes and have to learn from them.

So we decided to go ahead with the project and take a risk with Java technologies.

With a lot of hard work, a little bit of luck, and a lot of passion; our risky venture was a big success!
Our first Java/J2EE application "came to life" and is still in use today.

Would we do it again? Absolutely.
Would we recommend anyone else take such a risk? Of course.

We can't eliminate all risk from the projects we work on.
But if Java is involved; I say take the risk, believe in yourself, and you will succeed.