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krishna Gajarla

Joined: Oct 02, 2005
Posts: 21
hai all
iam also planning for in the initial stages of preparation,
i have observed most of the replys in this forum,but still a bit of ambuigity in deciding for 1.4 or 5.0.

could anybody clarify solidly because, i feel that as 5.0(scjp 5.0) is already existing then what good it is going to make if i go for 1.4,and
in the future everybody should adopt to 5.0.

is it better for me to go for scjp 5.0 now itself,rather than going for an
upgrade later??

here i need a professional advise,and i want to make it as final and not
to fluctuate .

Thanks and Regards,<br />krishna<br />------------------<br />Charles Darwin: <br />"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, <br />nor the most intelligent, <br />but the one most responsive to change"
Steve Morrow
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Joined: May 22, 2003
Posts: 657

It's sounds like you've already decided to go for the 5.0 exam, and are now just seeking confirmation. Well, you've got my vote. Go for the current certification. It will remain a marketable asset for a longer period of time. Good luck.
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Joined: Jun 22, 2005
Posts: 1599
Hi RadhaKrishna!
I guess, it is more "practical" than "professional".

Originally posted by RadhaKrishna:
still a bit of ambuigity in deciding for 1.4 or 5.0.

Why this ambuigiy RadhaKrishna? Throw the reason that is bugging you up? In my vision there should be exactly two factors to make a decision...

First is information and second is confidence.

Gather out all information... about the concepts, about objectives that are being asked in both the exams... about the similarities, about the differences... about the exam pattern. Having gathered it all check out your confidence level, ask yourself where you are, how much you know, how much you need to learn, how much time is required for your learning(again depends on your learning capacity), when do you need the certificate(some never need them), if you upgrade then will the "preparation time" fit with the "time in your hand", can you afford to spend both time and money if you decide to upgrade later. Think on these queries and you shall definitely land somewhere safely on one side.

Myself, I am about to go for SCJP 1.4 but if I had to freshly start my preparation now, i would have gone for SCJP 1.5
Good Luck! !!

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Mikael Johansson

Joined: Oct 18, 2005
Posts: 1
Hi everyone on this forum! This is my first post

Here's what I'm gonna do regarding taking 1.4 or 1.5. I've been programming in Java for quite some years, so I thought certification would be really easy. But after looking through some mock exams I notice there's really a lot of things I don't take advantage of in the language. I will probably need 2-3 weeks of study to get a good score.

Anyways, since there's no good book out for 1.5 I just got the "old" K&B 1.4 book. I'll study it the coming weeks and then take the SCJP 1.4 exam.

Once K&B 1.5 comes out I'll study the new topics and take the upgrade exam. Since a lot of topics are the same for 1.4 and 1.5 I think I'm not learning anything that I will regret, and besides, the skipped topics for 1.5 might still be useful in real work.

Bottom line, the reason I'll study for 1.4 instead of 1.5 is that I don't want to waste time just digging for mock-exams and info about 1.5 objectives... even if that itself might be fun and challenging!

Good luck,

[ October 18, 2005: Message edited by: Mikael Johansson ]
Steve Morrow
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Oh dear. More ambiguity...
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