This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I understand that you have written someone from Sun wrote that the SCJA is only for managers, secretaries, first-level tech support, etc. i.e. for not-so-technical people.
The official word from Sun is:
This certification [the SCJA] provides an ideal entry into an application development or a software project management career using Java technologies. It validates basic knowledge of OO concepts, the Java programming lanaguage and general knowledge of Java platforms and technologies.
>> Originally posted by Kaydell Leavitt: >> ...there is a way to tell for yourself. Take the free practice exam at: Free SCJA Practice Exam
> Just note that the purpose of that site is to promote sales of SCJA study materials.
Although my Java was good enough to be prepared for the SCJP 4.0, I went to free SCJA site, took a practice exam and decided for myself that I needed the SCJA. I didn't know 1) UML, 2) an overview of Java EE API, 3) how to design with interfaces, 4) how to program to an interface, 5) using java tools from the command-line, etc. etc.
I've found that people that don't know what's on the SCJA, don't value it. I wanted to discuss the merits of the SCJA with SCJP students, but in the SCJP forum, if you even use the SCJA acronym, your thread gets closed or you get bounced to the SCJA forum.
I've found that the SCJA was very helpful to me and that the SCJP people don't know the value of the SCJA. I just wanted to "spread the SCJA gospel".