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Need advice, please people help me out..

Ali Murtaza Shaikh
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Joined: Dec 19, 2009
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I bought 4 sun certification vouchers through SAI(Sun Academic Initiative), I used one of the vouchers for my SCJP exams and passed with 93%.... now I am preparing for SCWCD...after SCWCD i will have 2 vouchers left, i had thought that I would use the remaining 2 for SCBCD and SCMAD but found out that vouchers purchased through SAI can only be used for the following certifications :
1) Java Certifications :
c) SCWCD (Pre Requisite : SCJP)
2) Solaris Certifications :
a) SCSAS (Solaris Associate)
b) SCSA (System Administrator)
c) SCNA (Network Administrator) (Pre-requisite : SCSA)

3) MySQL Cerifications :
a) MySQL Associate
b) MySQL DBA (2 papers, would require 2 vouchers)
c) MySQL Dev (2 papers, would require 2 vouchers)

now i am confused which certifications should I attempt with the remaining two vouchers , please people help me on this, please advice me for which certifications should i use the two vouchers for..

Ankit Garg

Joined: Aug 03, 2008
Posts: 9400

What certifications you go for is your choice. What are your interests?? Go for the certification that you feel would be good for your career...

SCJP 6 | SCWCD 5 | Javaranch SCJP FAQ | SCWCD Links
Ali Murtaza Shaikh
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Posts: 55

I am interested more in programming and development rather than administration...I had decided to go for the MySQL developer certification but a friend told me that MySQL is pretty much history as SUN is now owned by Oracle so MySQL would'nt have much support or updates in the future, and suggested that I should go for a SCSA(Solaris Administrator) certification and then go for MySQL Associate, this way I would diversify my experience and after wards I can go for Oracle Certifications....
The conclusion I reahed to uptill now is : ....I am totally confused...and dont know what would be better fo me...
Abhay Agarwal
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Joined: Feb 29, 2008
Posts: 1340

I think you can go for
SCJA (exam which will require programming and development skills)
SCMA (My SQL Associate)
but final decision is yours and it may depend on your intrest
~ Abhay

Oracle certified Java 8 Programmer I (1Z0-808), Oracle Java Web Service Developer (1z0-897), Oracle certified Java 7 Programmer, SCJA 1.0, SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 5.0, Oracle SQL Fundamentals I, CIW Certified Ecommerce specialist
Ali Murtaza Shaikh
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Posts: 55

Abhay I am already a SCJP, and as far as my information goes, I think that any one who has done SCJP doesnt need to do SCJA(Sun Certified Java Associate) because SCJP is a level higher than SCJA...neways I'l still look into it...thnx for the suggestion
Abhay Agarwal
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I also thought the same when i appeared for SCJP. But when i checked the course of SCJA, i found that SCJA has altogether different course than SCJP. SCJP has all Java programming course. SCJA has OOPs concepts, algorithms,core java,client technologies and server technologies in its course. Even i am planning to give SCJA (as this certification proves that candidate has basic knowledge of client
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