This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I completed the Developer exam a number of months back. I have not been getting alot of worthwhile Java experience in my current role, but any Java job adds (in Sydney at least) are for J2EE.
Problem is I need to leave current role to get worthwhile Java experience, but do not have J2EE experience. Since completion of the Developer exam, I have done some independant work on JDBC, JavaBeans, Networking/RMI etc, so I feel comfortable with these areas which are outside the developer exam.
One option I am thinking about is doing the new Sun Certified Business Component Developer exam to get some enterprise knowhow at least. However I do not want to end up with a string of certifications and little experience.
As many opinions on this as possible would be appreciated.