Career, News, Tips

TOP TIPS for a Successful career

1. Find ways to learn continuously.
2. Find ways to improve whatever you do. Be willing to incorporate the new ideas that you learn in #1.
3. Do your work completely and with pride.
4. Be true to your own values.
5. Clear up those irritations (energy drains) so that you can devote your energy to your work.
6. Practice self-care so that you feel good about yourself.
7. Keep work in perspective so that you hav! e time for other parts of your life (family, friends, hobbies, volunteer work).
8. Listen carefully to everyone. Managers need to walk around and talk to employees and customers.
9. Network within your company and outside.
10. Delegate tasks when appropriate and empower those doing the work to do it their own way.

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Frameworks, Java, Search

Compass – A java search engine framework build on Lucene

Compass is a first class open source Java Search Engine Framework, enabling the power of Search Engine semantics to your application stack decoratively. Built on top of the amazing Lucene Search Engine, Compass integrates seamlessly to popular development frameworks like Hibernate and Spring. It provides search capability to your application data model and synchronizes changes with the datasource. With Compass: write less code, find data quicker.

As of version 0.8, Compass also provides a Lucene Jdbc Directory implementation, allowing storing Lucene index within a database for both pure Lucene applications and Compass enabled applications. Note, when using Compass, using a database as the index storage requires only updating configuration settings.

Technorati tags: Compass, Hibernate, Lucene, Spring Framework

Frameworks, Java, Search

Lucene : Integrate advanced search functionalities into your apps

Lucene is a powerful and widely used open source full-text search engine written in Java. Lucene is well known for its full-text indexing and searching, but some of its more advanced features, such as multi-criteria searching and filtering, and sorting, are less well known.

As a full-text search engine, Lucene needs little introduction. Lucene, an open source project hosted by Apache, aims to produce high-performance full-text indexing and search software. The Java Lucene product itself is a high-performance, high capacity, full-text search tool used by many popular Websites such as the Wikipedia online encyclopedia and TheServerSide.com, as well as in many, many Java applications. It is a fast, reliable tool that has proved its value in countless demanding production environments.

Although Lucene is well known for its full-text indexing, many developers are less aware that it can also provide powerful complementary searching, filtering, and sorting functionalities. Indeed, many searches involve combining full-text searches with filters on different fields or criteria. For example, you may want to search a database of books or articles using a full-text search, but with the possibility to limit the results to certain types of books. Traditionally, this type of criteria-based searching is in the realm of the relational database. However, Lucene offers numerous powerful features that let you efficiently combine full-text searches with criteria-based searches and sorts.

Reference: http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-09-2006/jw-0925-lucene.html?lsrc=jwrss

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Career, Tips

TEN Programming Languages/ Concepts You Should Learn Right Now – An eWEEk article

By picking the brains of Web developers and IT recruiters, eWEEK selected 10 programming languages that are a bonus for developers to add to their resumes. Even better, they’re great jumping-off points, with loads of job opportunities for younger recruits.

1. PHP
# What it is: An open-source, interpretive, server-side, cross-platform, HTML scripting language, especially well-suited for Web development as it can be embedded into HTML pages.
# Why you should learn it: It’s particularly widely used. “High-speed scripting with caching, augmented with compiled code plug-ins (such as can be done with Perl and PHP) is where the future is. Building Web apps from scratch using C or COBOL is going the way of the dinosaur,” said Duquaine.
# Job availabilities: 1,152*

2. C#
# What it is: A general-purpose, compiled, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft as part of its .NET initiative, it evolved from C and C++
# Why you should learn it: It’s an essential part of the .Net framework. “Learning C#, which is just Java with a different name plate, is critical if you heavily use Microsoft,” said Duquaine.
# Job availabilities: 5,111

3. AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)
# What it is: Though technically not a programming language, AJAX uses XHTML or HTML, JavaScript and XML to create interactive Web applications.
# Why you should learn it: Ever since Google Maps put AJAX, well, on the map, the requests for AJAX-knowledgeable pros went through the roof. “The demand for AJAX knowledge is huge because it’s so damned hard to learn,” said Huckaby. Of note, Microsoft announced recently plans to release a tool named Atlas that will make AJAX easier to implement. “If Microsoft’s Atlas tool is successful, it would bring the extreme complexity and annoyance of AJAX to the average worker,” said Huckaby.
# Job availabilities : 1,106

4. JavaScript
# What it is: Not to be confused with Java, JavaScript is a an object-oriented, scripting programming language that runs in the Web browser on the client side. It’s smaller than Java, with a simplified set of commands, easier to code and doesn’t have to be compiled.
# Why you should learn it: Embedded into HTML, it’s used in millions of Web pages to validate forms, create cookies, detect browsers and improve the design. With its simplicity to learn as well as wide use, it’s considered a great bang for your educational buck.
# Job availabilities: 4,406

5. Perl
# What it is: Perl is an open-source, cross-platform, server-side interpretive programming language used extensively to process text through CGI programs.
# Why you should learn it: Perl’s power in processing of piles of text has made it very popular and widely used to write Web server programs for a range of tasks. “Learning some form of scripting language, such as Perl or PHP is critical if you are doing Web apps,” said Duquaine.
# Job availabilities: 4,810

6. C
# What it is: A standardized, general-purpose programming language, it’s one of the most pervasive languages and the basis for several others (such as C++).
# Why you should learn it: “Learning C is crucial. Once you learn C, making the jump to Java or C# is fairly easy, because a lot of the syntax is common. Also, a lot of C syntax is used in scripting languages,” said Duquaine.
# Job availabilities: 6,164, including all derivatives

7. Ruby and Ruby on Rails
# What they are: Ruby is a dynamic, object-oriented, open-source programming language; Ruby on Rails is an open-source Web application framework written in Ruby that closely follows the MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture.
# Why you should learn it: With a focus on simplicity, productivity and letting the computers do the work, in a few years, its usage has spread quickly. As a bonus, many find it easy to learn.
# Job availabilities : 210 and 54, respectively

8. Java
# What it is: An object-oriented programming language developed by James Gosling and colleagues at Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s.
# Why you should learn it: Hailed by many developers as a “beautiful” language, it is central to the non-.Net programming experience. “Learning Java is critical if you are non-Microsoft,” said Duquaine.
# Job availabilities: 14,408

9. Python
# What it is: An interpreted, dynamically object-oriented, open-source programming language that utilizes automatic memory management.
# Why you should learn it: Designed to be a highly readable, minimalist language, many say it has a sense of humor (spam and eggs, rather than foo and bar), Python is used extensively by Google as well as in academia because of its syntactic simplicity.
# Job availabilities: 811

10. VB.Net (Visual Basic .Net)
# What it is: An object-oriented language implemented on Microsoft’s .Net framework.
# Why you should learn it: Most argue that VB.Net is currently more popular than ever and one of the only “must-learns.” “It is currently dominating in adoption and that is where all the work is,” said Huckaby.
# Job availabilities: 2,090

* All numbers on job availability were pulled from nationwide queries on Dice.com, a job site for technology professionals.

Reference : http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2016415,00.asp

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