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Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2009 – JavaBlackBelt, a leader in Java
learning and now powered by over 50,000 developers in its European community,
today announced the opening of its web 2.0-based Java skills management
services to enterprises in the US and India. Specifically, it has reached
agreement with Boston-based Global Force DIRECT™ for distribution rights
across these regions.
The JavaBlackBelt service, driven by crowd-sourcing/moderation, already
offers the world’s most comprehensive, state-of-the-art digest of Java
skills questions. From the site, developers take online assessments served
from the digest across seven levels and 19 categories. Managers access a rich
set of online skill performance reports, learning path creation/tracking
tools, and the ability to incorporate enterprise content into their Java... (more)
Last month, JavaBlackBelt completed a survey where developers said their
teams would be 25% more productive if their management committed to skills
management... which led me to consider:
Which Java technologies do developers think that managers should understand
better in order to make great decisions about skills management?
I'll suggest, as a start:
-- Java SE and EE basics
-- ORM's (Hibernate, ...)
-- Web Frameworks (lStruts 2, ...)
-- IDEs (Eclipse, ...)
-- Source Code Mgmt
-- Testing Methods
Very open to your thoughts, and who might find such a course usef... (more)
Last month, JavaBlackBelt members reported that their productivity would
increase by 25% if management installed Java Skills Management. The
pressing question from managers: how do we do this?
I've talked with JBB founder John Rizzo and he's developed a 6-step
"installation plan" for Java skills management. Those steps and highlights
are below my salutation.
If you’d like to discuss/start this process, feel free to say so at:
Step 1. Discovery
No-charge JBB consultations on installing Java skills management into the
organization. JBB ex... (more)
JavaBlackBelt is considering offering “coach-assisted eLearning” courses
on Java technologies such as Spring/Hibernate/more. It’s a new type of
learning and they are interested in your feedback.
Please consider taking a 5 minute survey and you will receive 10 contribution
points towards JavaBlackBelt certification exams.
Thanks for your time and we look forward to sharing results with you.
JavaBlackBelt just announced its “Coached e‐Learning” for Java
In a developer survey to be released next week, this Coached e‐Learning was
selected as the #1 choice for Java learning compared with classroom training
and self‐paced e‐Learning.
Here’s how it works:
1. In these courses, the coach meets with the student to begin each course,
reviews the course plan and materials, and agrees to a schedule.
2. The student then learns at their own pace from the JavaBlackBelt eLearning
platform ‐‐ online materials and videos, community forums, exercises, and
3. Alon... (more)