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Rr Kumaran
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Joined: Sep 17, 2001
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Hi All,

I have good experience in web services implementation using tools like AXIS, WSS4J etc. and API's like JAX-RPC, SAAJ. Now I am in crossroads of what certification to do. Whether to go for SCDJWS or SCBCD or SCEA.
My opinion is web services implementations are fewer when compared to EJB and other enterprise technologies implementations and employers usually ask for SCBCD (companies like INFOSYS make it a must I guess) and SCEA (mostly valued for US based opportunties) rather than SCDJWS.

Other than passion for technology aspec, for down the line 1-2 years can anyone please suggest which certification I should go for to add value to my profile. Your valuable experience and suggestions matters to me a lot.


RR Kumaran
SCJP 1.4
Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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As I usually suggest in the certification fora when folks ask this question, my answer is this - figure out what you're aiming to do, and don't go necessarily by what 'technology' suggests. I see a lot of folks looking for a 'logical path' through the Sun certification program, when it really ought to be more a matter of following what you want to be doing.

I guess the question that's probably more relevant is what kinds of technologies do you want to be working with (WS, EJB, servlet/JSP, software architecting). If you do what you enjoy, you'll find yourself happier and ultimately more successful and sought-after as a candidate for jobs.

Use that as the guide for what exams to work towards, and you'll find greater success and relevance with your certification quest.


Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Rr Kumaran
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply. I completely agree with you and it is very difficut (atleast I find myself) to introspect oneself and to find what you really are enjoying and what your passion is.

Say I want to make a career with technology then which one do you suggest ?
Theodore Casser
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The question's still the same, even if you nail it down to a field like 'technology' - there's a lot out there.

It's just a matter of doing a little research, seeing what aspects of 'technology', for instance, that grab your attention. For some folks, it'll be programming, others systems administration, and others project management. It's not a cooky-cutter question.
 
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