Self taught programmers, how did you learn?

Ok so I have been teaching myself programming for about a year now (throughout the years I always played around with it as a hobby, but only very seriously for the last 12 months), and I feel really good about a how much I've learned. I've bought countless books, took many online courses for free and have done most if not all of the free courseware that stanford and mit offers online for computer science. Obviously after only a year I'm no expert, but I am very comfortable with most of the popular languages, and also know html, css, some sql and some vbscript. I think about all of that and I go "yeah, I rock! I know a lot!" And then I look on a job site just to get an idea of what employers are looking for in their software developers as far as qualifications, and I'll search something simple like, "Java jobs, Oklahoma" (java is my favorite lang) and all of the ads that pop up, have all of these things that I have absolutely no clue what they are, and my ego collapses. And I don't even think they are things that you can just search google for a tutorial of. No two's qualifications are alike. Here is a example of an ad I am talking about, and I have put the things I don't recognize whatsoever in quotes: Web GUI design & development utilizing JSP, HTML, ""Dojo"" Web service development experience with ""JAX-WS"" standard. Preferably ""CXF framework."" ""Spring Framework/Spring-MVC"" ""RAD 7, WAS/d"" **I know what the definition of rapid application development is, but 7? Basic DB2 skills JAVA/J2EE, ""Hibernate and JPA"" Will develop program code, test and assist with system testing So my question is, for the programmers out there who are self taught, when you got your first job, did you know everything in my examples and more already, or are there some things that you learn on the job? Or am I just way more at the beginning of the ladder than I think? Thanks and be as harsh as you want, I just need some d**n guidance, nice or not.

Asked By: inkindulgence - 12/23/2010
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Most of the programmers will be at least 50% self taught because one tend to learn all the time and does not have enough time to take courses for all subjects... More
Answered By: Germann A - 12/23/2010
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It's good that your are learning on your own, and if you are enjoying it then you might have a fun and rewarding career in front of you... More
Answered By: thebig_a_27 - 12/23/2010
]1) You are only as good as you think you are 2) Try googling 'projects in programming', or 'programming projects' or other such similar terms 3) Start small 4) Sign up for an internship
Answered By: zamorak - 12/23/2010
`hi inkindul, congradulations on what you have learned so far not just anyone can begin to learn and conquer it but let's just reflect even though you learned a lot there is always more to learn i began to go over what you have studied and i have heard of some of what you named and studied a lot of them but i wanted to... More
Answered By: hemppy - 12/23/2010
I use videos to learn programming
Answered By: Hero - 12/23/2010
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