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Which certification to go for?

Jayanthi Mani
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Joined: Dec 08, 2000
Posts: 25
Hello all,
I have SCJP 1.2 and SCWCD 1.4 certifications. Which IBM certification can I go for? I did go thru the IBM certification website and it is a little confusing. Should I do 484 - 287 - then 486?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Jayanthi.
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Personally, I feel 486 is the easiest because IBM 484 covers much more than SCWCD + SCBCD, it also covers JDBC, JAXP, JNDI, JMS, JCA, etc. Thus, for me, the exam sequence is 486 -> 484 -> 287.

Anyway, any sequences is fine, as there is no certificate path constraints for ICED.

Nick


SCJP 1.2, OCP 9i DBA, SCWCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4 (SAI), SCJD 1.4, SCWCD 1.4 (Beta), ICED (IBM 287, IBM 484, IBM 486), SCMAD 1.0 (Beta), SCBCD 1.3, ICSD (IBM 288), ICDBA (IBM 700, IBM 701), SCDJWS, ICSD (IBM 348), OCP 10g DBA (Beta), SCJP 5.0 (Beta), SCJA 1.0 (Beta), MCP(70-270), SCBCD 5.0 (Beta), SCJP 6.0, SCEA for JEE5 (in progress)
Jayadev Pulaparty
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 662
Originally posted by Nicholas Cheung:
Thus, for me, the exam sequence is 486 -> 484 -> 287.


That's the natural sequence, More abstract ---> concrete (since 287 is about WSAD, a specific tool)
Jayanthi Mani
Greenhorn

Joined: Dec 08, 2000
Posts: 25
Hello,
Thanks for your replies. I would also like to know the study materials that should be used for these exams. Do I need to install Websphere trial version on my computer?

Jayanthi.
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982

I would also like to know the study materials that should be used for these exams.

For details, please do a simple search in this forum, using the exam code.

Below lists the books I used:
1. UML Distilled 2nd edition
2. Applying UML and Patterns 2nd edition
3. SCWCD Exam Study Kit 1st edition
4. Head First EJB
5. Developing J2EE Applications with IBM WebSphere Studio
6. Various tutorials from SUN on the topics: JDBC, JAXP, JMS, JCA, etc


Do I need to install Websphere trial version on my computer?

You dont need it for IBM 484 and 486, but it is better to have hands-on expereiences on WSAD for IBM 287.

Nick
 
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