J2EE in 2011 AD

Why do so many contracts that companies put out there still even mention the term ‘J2ee‘? Please, make it go away! :)

  • Respectable Java developers have moved away from J2EE at least five years ago, and arguably longer ago than that.
  • If your codebase is, in fact, really based on J2EE you’re not going to find anybody decent that wants to maintain it. Kill your codebase now and rewrite it, or suffer the cost of the huge technical debt involved. The longer you wait, the higher the cost.
  • Recruiters: if you didn’t mean J2EE, but JEE5 or JEE6, or even ‘Java for companies’, then use those terms. ‘J2EE’ puts good developers off because it was such horrible pain to work with.



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One Response to J2EE in 2011 AD

  1. Andre March 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Dude, what are you talking about?

    …oh wait, filtered out the J2EE parts, I’ve probably seen too many offers containing J2EE as well and learned to ignore it :)

    Stupid thing is that there are still a lot of recruiters simply performing a keyword match on technologies requested by their customers, so I guess J2EE is favored because it provides the best chance for a match.

    Java will do though, I agree completely.

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