Top Java Developers Offer Advice to Students

In a past life I used to teach Java as a first programming language to Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Information and Communication Technology students so I was interested when news of [this article](http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/Interviews/studentdevs/index.html) (published in [java.sun.com](http://java.sun.com/developer) [/developer](http://java.sun.com/developer)) was received via Geertjan Wielanda of the [Netbeans Educational Resources](http://edu.netbeans.org/) site.

Two pieces of advice that I’d pass on are:
1. Knowledge of a subject doesn’t end when the exam finishes: a soup tastes better if the pot is left simmering for a long time after the meat is added!
2. Be open to the opportunities that letting the boundaries between modules fade away can bring. You’ll be suprised when that piece of obscure set theory suddenly becomes relevant.

A lesson I’ve learned is that you’ll never know everything, there will always be new things to learn and others to learn from. I’m still learning, and I hope to continue to do so. And I have probably learned more from my students, than they have ever learned from me.

Author: cpjobling

Senior lecturer, College of Engineering, Swansea University