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what 's after SCJP

naga sandeep

Joined: Apr 03, 2007
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I have completed SCJP 1.5 now what should I do next........'s my lie...f ....I am gonna live 4r ever
Lave Kulshreshtha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2007
Posts: 106
Hi sandeep,
It depends on what you are working on and your interest too.
If in case you are working on web componenets then go for SCWCD,
if you are working on business componenets then go for SCBCD,
if you are working on web services then go for SCDJWS and if your working on java mobile applications the go for SCMAD.

Originally posted by naga sandeep:
I have completed SCJP 1.5 now what should I do next........

SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, ITIL V3 Foundation Certification
Alex Belisle Turcot
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Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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and If you are not working, go for SCJD.

I would say after SCJP, you should do either SCWCD or SCJD. To me, it mostly depends on the commitment you're willing to put in.

SCWCD is just another "read book / answer questions", less time involved.
SCJD is a programming assignment, a lot more hours, but a lot of fun.

[ January 20, 2008: Message edited by: Alex Belisle Turcot ]
Raghavan Muthu
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that's true. Generally SCWCD is the most preferred option though still it depends on your interest!

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Kaydell Leavitt
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When I first made it a goal to acquire enough skill with Java software development to get a job writing Java code, I made it a goal to get all 8 of Sun's Java Certificates.

Sun's 8 Java Certificates

As time when on, I started to reduce how many certificates that I wanted to get from Sun. This is because I started to look around to see what kind of jobs were available to me in my area. I searched for jobs at the following website:

I found that almost all of the good jobs were in enterprise web development.

The first certificate that I decided not to get was the mobile computing certificate, SCMAD, because I don't see any jobs for that here. I know that there is a demand for programming micro devices in Java, I just didn't see any opportunities for that here and now where I live.

The second certificate that I decided not was the Java Software Architecture Certificate (SCEA) because I believe that this would be for a managing software engineer and I couldn't start at the top.

I made a tentative goal to pick one specialty and I thought that my specialty would be a business component developer and get the SCBCD. I had thought that I would develop Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs) since I have SQL experience, but I read that some enterprise Java developers don't even use EJBs. So, I changed my mind to focus on SCWDC. I see a lot of SCWDC jobs available in my region of my country.

The SCWCD covers JSPs and Servlets which are in high demand for enterprise websites. I also see a demand for open-source knowledge such as Struts working along with JSPs and Servlets.

I saw a demand for other expertise that makes me think that I may want other certificates other than the ones offered by Sun. Such as Oracle Database and IBM's XML certification.

The SCJD is good for desktop programming experience and also because you write real code and get real experience and you get feedback from an experienced Java developer. (Most of the other certificate exams from Sun are "multiple guess"). The only other Sun certificate for Java is the architecture exam SCEA, and that would be for the leader of the team and you might not get that high of a position for awhile.

The SCJD could be the last certificate that you get if you only want to specialize in desktop programming such as cross-platform Mac/Windows using Java.

The SCJD could also be a stepping-stone to any of the other Sun Certified specialty certificates.

Here is what I would do -- but this is only me. Your situation might be different.

1. SCJA, 2. SCJP 5.0, 3. SCJD 5.0 or 6.0, 4. SCWDC.

This is a path toward being an enterprise web developer. To develop for enterprise websites, it seems to me that you should know XHTML (and also HTML if you're maintaining older software that is HTML and not XHTML) is a must. CSS is also a must and possibly JavaScript.

There are free web development tutorials at:

Free Web Development Tutorials

The following is a link to some inexpensive certificates to prove your web-building expertise:

At the website:, they also have certificate programs which are inexpensive.

The following website is the official standards committee for website standards. The most useful thing that I found here was the HTML validator and the CSS validator which can help you to debug your XHTML, HTML, and CSS code quickly.

The Official Standards Committee for Website Standards

Here are some keywords for a resume:

Java, JSPs, Servlets, Struts, XML, HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, Oracle Database, Cross-Platform Java, Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows XP & Vista.

* Note that the official standards organization for web software development is at:

Official Web Standards

** Note that the following link is a link to a commercial website with a name similiar to the official standards committee, but is a commercial venture -- though it has lots of good material that is free. It's worth the time to look over this site as well.

Unofficial Web Development Site
[ January 20, 2008: Message edited by: Kaydell Leavitt ]
srinivas sridaragaddi
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Joined: Jul 24, 2007
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Hi Kaydell,

Thanks a lot for sharing such a brief thought process.

SCJP 5.0<br /> <br />"Skills are started with learning and mastered with improvement. Nothing is hereditary except death" BUDDHA...
naga sandeep

Joined: Apr 03, 2007
Posts: 13
thanks for all of you for your valuable suggetions.....
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