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John Pysher

Joined: Sep 13, 2005
Posts: 1
Hello All -

I have a question regarding the SCJA certification and was looking for some feedback. I currently work as a software tester and continuously update my skills via cetifications. Since my company has moved the architecture to java/xml websevices, I am pursuing java certification.

I have some java programming skills and have taken a few classes on the foundations in java, but have no real desire to be a full time programmer. Just need to code some utilities here an there to retrieve database info, etc.

Would it be a waste of time/money to get the SCJA, or would the SCJP prove more beneficial in a testing role??

Andrew Monkhouse
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Joined: Mar 28, 2003
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Hi John,

My gut feeling is that you will benefit more by getting breadth of knowledge over the range of possible Java technologies rather than very detailed knowledge of the core API.

That is, I think in your case it is possibly better for you to know the concepts of what JNDI / JDBC / JMS can provide rather than being able to pick whether an ArrayList or a LinkedList is the best collection to use.

In which case SCJA may suit you better than SCJP.

Regards, Andrew

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Santana Iyer
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Joined: Jun 13, 2005
Posts: 335
no real desire to be a full time programmer. Just need to code some utilities here an there to retrieve database info, etc.

read what Sun says about both the exams, (SCJP1.4)
there is scjp5 also.

you will get answer of your question.

100% agree with Andrew, SCJA is for broad knowledge though not at all in depth, SCJP focuses on core java in depth (this is mentioned in above links).

But if you want other certifications I think SCJP is prerequisite (I dont know if in future SCJA becomes prerequisite and not scjp).

I am still new to Java and so this was my opinion. Do what you think and feel right.

So wait for other ranchers opinion.
Rizwan Mohammad
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Joined: Sep 02, 2005
Posts: 445
I partially agree with my co-ranchers. But doing certification in SCJA also requires you knowledge of JMS, EJB, J2ME, UML which is totally unnecessary for you. If you are real interested in programming in future, you can go for any of these certifications either SCJA or SCJP. But as of now, since you need only little information of retrieving some values etc.. you can learn some basic java and little jdbc. This may serve your purpose.

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