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java certification 1.2 versus java certification 1.4

Geeta Gune
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Joined: Mar 19, 2002
Posts: 17
Hi All
There are 2 versions of the Sun Certified programmer for java which are:
a] Sun Certified Programmer For Java[tm]2 Platform 1.2
b] Sun Certified Programmer For Java 2 Platform 1.4
In the second category the IO package and AWT package are not included.
I want to know if both the exams carry same weightage.
Also, the java1.4 exam is a new one so is it accepted by the industry.
Please comment on this as soon as possible.
Thanx a lot
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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david eberhardt
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Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Posts: 158
just an opinion -
I've spent a few months preparing for the 1.2 exam. Oddly enough, I thought the I/O and AWT parts were harder to grasp and retain than any of the others!
So upon reading many of the fine posts in this forum and reading all the suggestions, I've committed myself to taking the 1.4 exam.
The post above from Valentin Crettaz provides outstanding information to help you and me.
David Brafford
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Joined: Feb 11, 2001
Posts: 91
All other things being equal, I would go for
the 1.4 Exam. On your "weightage" question,
you will not find IO or AWT questions in the
1.4 exam. You will in the 1.2 exam.
The passing scores are differnt, but beta exam
results have been evaluated by Sun so that
the overall difficulty of the exam is
consistent ( lower passing score does not
imply easier to pass ).
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