I will give the vote for 1.5 SCJP. I would like to take a chalange. SCJP 5 is tougher but the level of difficulty needs to be stepped up a touch. The topics covered need to be broader. .....my logic take the latest one which is covering bothe old as well as the new advanced topics.....
Even though I already have the 1.2 exam done, so much in the language has changed that I decided to retest.
This begs the next question: why test at all? 1) The exam gives me a defined quantity of material that I need to know. I can set reasonable expections to completion. 2) There are tangable reqults. (a certificate) 3) An independant 3rd party vouched that I know java to some known standard. 4) As a developer I still need to know the stuff on the exam anyways. 5) It proves to future employers that I continued to work on improving my skills.
I am also preparing for SCJP 1.5 for simple reasons
1. Its the best way to learn new features added to java 2. Exam moves from cramming to understanding of concepts which suits me well 3. Regular Expression is one nice reason to go for TIGER, thats gonna be one of the best things I would learn while preparing for 1.5
I've been studying for 1.5 for a few months now. I look at SCJP as a first step to completing SCWD. By the time I complete that, I hope 1.5 will be more popular in the industry.
I am getting back to Java after spending 3 years doing Oracle db work. I have a big gap to cover anyways, so it makes sense to go the whole way and do 1.5. Moreover, the Tiger release has major new features like Generics, Varargs, Auto-Boxing, enums that, IMHO, will change the nature of coding and design in Java.
And yes, no convoluted bit operations questions!!
[ June 13, 2006: Message edited by: Anupama Ponnapalli ] [ June 13, 2006: Message edited by: Anupama Ponnapalli ]
Hi! I am studying for SCJP 5 , of course, since it's the latest version with many new advanced features like generics, autoboxing, etc. and class like StringBuilder ! Obviously, this new version will make Java more interesting , and of course, challenging (due to generics ) ! ( I am already SCJP 1.4 certified!)
When Java certification came to my mind, I searched for the details, The SCJP 1.5 objectives are challenging to prepare and i've read its tougher than 1.4, I'ld like to take the harder way and achieve in that. Thats Why i opted to take SCJP 1.5.