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Hey all.

*Checks the last time he posted* It has… been awhile since I last posted. Truth be told, nothing much has happened in that time. Work is still slow (and still searching for a web application development company that trains – I’m probably just looking at the wrong web sites) and all of that stuff.

I’ve got the base concepts of a standards-compliant static frontend layout down pat (XHTML 1.0 Strict), but my skills for the dynamic backend are… about as sharp as a bowling ball…

So, in the meantime, I’ve taken up learning Java along with ASP.NET (VB specifically), Ruby on Rails, and Django, as they seem to be, for lack of a better description, right up my alley. 🙂 I’ve been enjoying Java, and I will use it in the future, but I do have a partiality towards VB because it is the very first programming language I used.

Anyway, I’m just about finished with my book on Java and I can finally have a base understanding of its concepts – enough to move on to web application development entirely. Right now, I’m looking at Wicket for the web application framework that I’ll learn. I’ve also been looking at Hibernate for the database abstraction tool, but I’ve been reading some posts here and there that state that the concept of persistence (which Hibernate uses) is outdated and the caching technologies of various databases and lighter abstraction layers should take its place. It’s rather confusing, but it wouldn’t be programming if it wasn’t challenging to the mind!

On the flip side of the coin, for the free time that I do have, I’ve been replaying Diablo II: Lord of Destruction on the USEast realm. I’ve been watching Diablo III, and I think it’s going to be awesome once it’s finished (same for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm).

Anyway, that’s what’s up here – nothing too much!