I've been developing applications in php since 2001 and now learning J2EE. Could someone tell me how beneficial it will be to get java certified. During my 3+ years of web application development i have done only 2 java projects[though it was using mvc]. Will my php experience count for a job in j2ee[i had developed an enterprise level app for universities which used SOAP, etc]. I'll be grateful to receive any advice in this manner.
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Career-wise, I reckon that having SCJP on your cv / resume shows that you're at least competent in the basic mechanics of java programming. As far as I'm concerned, its the certificate that really counts. I'd recommend doing others (I've done SCBCD & SCWCD in the last year or so). I learnt a great deal from SCWCD even though I've been programming with servlets for 5 years. It helps to extend & solidify your knowledge - I see them primarily as a confidence booster and only secondarily as a means to career progression. I would see your php experience as helpful background knowledge but otherwise irrelevant to J2EE. Maybe you should look at obtaining the new Sun Web Services cert as a way of formalizing your SOAP experience in a java environment? If you feel you need more java experience I gather that contributing to open source projects on sourceforge is one way to do this, side-stepping the old "can't get a job without experience, can't get experience without a relevant job" problem. Even if you aren't skilled enough to make particularly useful contributions, you can learn how others attack problems, get a feel for patterns etc.
Best of luck, Louise
Joined: Feb 09, 2005
Thanks a lot for the reply louise. I'll join some opensource projects.
Thanks mark for the suggestion. I've changed the name.