Im not sure of the best place to post this. I am trying to decide between focusing on the Web Component Devloper or the Developer exam. I work mostly on the server-side, using JSPs and servlets, starting to get into EJBs. This makes me think I should take the Web Component exam. But should I take the Developer exam first? I dont want cost to be the only factor, but I am payiong for the exams myself. And the web component exam is less expensive. My overall goal is to become an expert in Java. This includes J2EE. In the near term, I am looking to change jobs, hopefully to a company which cares more about standards and methodologies. I am not sure which would make the better impression. So, any thoughts?
I'm maybe in about your position, and my perspective is that the Developer certification will help develop practical coding skills, while the web components certification is more along the lines of SCJP. Also, I intend to do SCEA, and Developer certification seems valuable before proceeding with that (even though it has no prerequisites). I may not even bother with SCWCD, particularly since I also intend to get WebLogic certification.
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