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SCJP which version to take?

 
hema malneedi
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hi guys,
just joined this forum. i am planning to take SCJP, although i dont have any programming experience in Java. But i am confused as to which version to take. i feel taking v5.0 would be good, but it seems a bit complicated than v1.4. would the version matter much in terms of the value given to these certifications? pls advice! i am already half-way through with kathy sierra and bert bates for v1.4 and seem to be going along fine till now.
 
victor kamat
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Take SCJP 5 becuase

1. Employers would know you are current
 
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Hi Hema -

I'd also advise the 5.0 exam, but the good news is that almost everything in the 1.4 book applies to 5.0. The only topics in the 1.4 book that aren't in the 5.0 exam are bit shifting and the Math class, everything else applies.

Good luck,

Bert
 
hema malneedi
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thanks victor and bert! guess i need to start with 5.0 now. the only topic i am a bit nervous about is I/O in 5.0.
 
Atul Sawant
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I was advised to take 1.4 since most of companies (IN MUMABAI, INDIA) are working on that platform but giving 1.5 or higher version would not be a drawback at all.
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yes Atul this is what I am hearing as well.
I am in America, but people that I know said most companies aren't using 1.5 yet.
Tho I imagine it wouldn't hurt to just get 1.5, but most places are still on 1.4 platforms.
 
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Another point to consider is that the 5.0 exam adds coverage of some basic APIs that are valid in both 1.4 and 5.0. So, from an employer perspective, the 5.0 certification indicates a basic understanding of file I/O, regex, serialization, dates and currencies, and these are useful in both versions.

In other words the 5.0 exam is broader in general, it's not just broader in terms of new topics.
 
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