I appreciate you're all either studying for, or have successfully passed the SCEA certification so I'd like to pick your brains for advice about whether it's right for me.
So far I've passed the JCP, JCD and SCWCD certifications and am looking at my next steps. I was considering the EJB or Web Services certifications but after completing the SCWCD without having to write a single JSP page I'm not convinced this is the best use of my time. I get a lot more out of the certifications that require you to actually do something (like the JCD and SCEA) and I'm sure employers value these more than the multiple choice exams that you can pass by spending a few weekends swatting up.
The other part to this is that I work as a Java/J2EE consultant for a software vendor so am around the J2EE framework every day. So, I'm sure gaining an accolade as prestigious as the SCEA will stand me in good stead for the future (which isn't to be underestimated given the state of the global economy!).
That's about it, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this and your motivations for undertaking the SCEA.
So, I'm sure gaining an accolade as prestigious as the SCEA will stand me in good stead for the future
Sounds like you already answered your own question!
SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA 5
J J Wright
Joined: Jul 02, 2008
To add a little substance to my initial reply.
Personally I think the certification is well worth it. My main gripe would be the confusing, or perhaps misleading, inclusion of some topics in part 1. As an example; in part 1 you'll be tested on the content of Core J2EE Patterns, 2nd Edition. That's great, but SCEA is about Java EE 5, not J2EE (although technically speaking you can use J2EE 1.4 in your assignment). Many of the Core J2EE patterns have either been deprecated in EE 5, or at the very least the motivation and/or implementation has significantly changed.
Basically, Sun's documentation has failed to keep up.