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What, Why, Which?

 
Robert Hicks
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I am just starting out with Java and I really like it. What is the benefit of becoming certified? I hear about various certifications but have never really heard a benefit of obtaining one. I guess that would cover the "why" portion as well. The last part is which one? What would be the first certification that I should go for being new to Java?
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Ko Ko Naing
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Here is the recent Java Certifications Guide for the Java Certification Day 2003 and I hope that u would understand about the certifications by reading this...
And u will find all answers for your questions "What? Why? Which?" in the document...
Here is the link...
http://suned.sun.com/GB/images/Sun_Java_Certification_Guide.pdf
 
Karthik Veeramani
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You'd've got enough from the link given in the above post, but i'd like to give my opinion... I too like java very much, and i got certified for only 1 reason, the knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals.... scjp is quite good for grasping the basics firmly, and once i got certified, im surprised how many people in my office come to me for clearing their fundamental doubts, and how well im able to answer them... i wont say scjp is going to get u a job in sun microsystems, NO. But definitely, u get a good satisfaction once u r done...
regarding the exam, i suggest 1.4, the new 1... one reason, keeping up with the latest.. another reason, its easier to prepare ...
 
Ko Ko Naing
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Hi Karthik,
What a surprise! U got the same certs like mine... :roll: But there is only one difference in version of SCJP... And what about CCNA? Which exam number did u pass? I did 640-607 in last August... I got 911/1000 in the first shot on it....
 
Dorothy Finkel-Laverty
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I can give another reason for taking a certification like this one - I am a teacher, and learn new computer languages to teach the "hot" ones. Without practical on-the-job experience, a certification is a good way to ensure that you know the basics well (you've got to know them real well to explain them to newbies!), as well as to add to your resume as "proof" that you know the language well.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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