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Comparing Java certs with .NET certs

K. Tsang

Joined: Sep 13, 2007
Posts: 3134

Hello all, I already have SCJP and SCJD certs and wish to explore .NET arena. When I looked through the MS exam objectives I realized that say the MCTS: ASP is similar to the capacity of the SCWCD. The other MCTS exams are indeed similar to the other Java certs give or take.
MS exam 70-536 = SCJP
MCTS ADO = SCBCD (minus the EJB)
MCTS WCF = SCDJWS (web services)

I want to point this out because IMO say by doing .NET certs will eventually cover all the Java certs materials in the .NET platform. Therefore, is it advisable to have both .NET and Java certs? Should I also pursue other Java certs like SCWCD or SCBCD?

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Hong Anderson
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Joined: Jul 05, 2005
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Are you working with both Java and .NET technologies?
I think having too much certs is not a good idea, as it is costly in maintenance.

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K. Tsang

Joined: Sep 13, 2007
Posts: 3134

Currently no. Not even doing java but trying to get java related job. Well my idea was to expose .NET (getting the cert may be later). Since in today's job market, both Java and .NET skills are highly demanded.

I understand with MCTS/MCPD certs, endless upgrades will be inevitable given MS new policy. In Java, ultimately I plan to go for SCEA but the timing isn't right, which again endless upgrade as new versions come up.
Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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I would more say that I think that the equivalences that you're listing are in functional-area, rather than in difficulty. The exams don't really match up quite so well, since there's all sorts of interdependencies (and no true match for the SCJP - while 536 is "fundamentals" more than anything else, it's not really quite the same). Also... I don't think that ADO, WinForms, and WCF quite match up the way you're illustrating - they're imprecise matches at best, and you've omitted WPF and WF from the list. I'd argue that WinForms and WPF aren't covered at all by Java exams (GUI technologies), and WCF covers a lot more than just web services, as a good example.

Insofar as what exams to go for, I think I concur with the question asked - are you working with both? Do you have proficiency in both that you're trying to demonstrate to potential employers who might be seeking those skill-sets? I don't see the benefit - especially with Microsoft's certification-go-round - to having the entire slate of certs unless you're working with the skills. Compared to Sun's exams, MS updates their exams much more frequently. (That, and getting all of either slate is going to be an expensive proposition.)

That said... there are business cases that can be made for going down both paths. I would concentrate on getting some experience in addition to the certifications, since the papers alone are unlikely to help you with your job search.

And... yes, I am aware that I have more than a few of both lists in my signature... but I've also worked professionally in both worlds for a while now.

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