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Anonymous
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i've decided to complete SCJP 1.4, but would it be wise/worthwhile to do any other sun java certs right now? certcities.com reported some time ago that all three the other certs are to be updated soon plus i'm starting another part-time degree soon and i'll have to get a full time job pretty soon (out of boredom)
Given this info and the fact that i'll be starting at an entry-level position anyway (not much experience yet) i think it would be wise to put further certs on hold ... what do you think?
Kathy Sierra
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Howdy! I'm checking with the certification manager to get a status update on the exams. But off the top of my head I can tell you that right now, the Developer exam is already out of beta, so that won't be revised again for quite some time. The Architect exam IS being revised right now (although not yet in beta), but the Web exam is not being updated at this time. (And you already know that the SCJP has just been upgraded to 1.4)
So the only certification that is going to change significantly in the near future would be the Architect exam.
Going for the 1.4 SCJP is always a good idea but after that, you might wait on the others until you have a clear idea about your new job, or what direction you personally want to move in.
As default advice, we usually recommend: do the Developer cert if you do NOT have strong development experience in an OO language, otherwise, the Web exam is by far the most popular after the SCJP.
The Developer exam is good for those who don't have solid experience, both for the discipline and good practices it promotes, as well as to have something to show employers / prospective employers as 'proof' (to help compensate for a weak resume).
But if you have a strong background as a developer in C++, Java, Smalltalk, etc. (preferably OO), the Developer cert might not be as important as coming up to speed on Web and J2EE technologies in general.
cheers,
Kathy
 
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