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Why isn't SCJD as popular as other Java certifications ?

Rah Jain

Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Posts: 2
I am facing great difficulty finding good resources and books on SCJD. Except for this forum, resources for SCJD are practically non existent on the internet and elsewhere.

Most bookshops (in Asia) don't have books on this certification although books on SCJP,SCWCD etc. are in abundance. Even Safari online doesn't have any of the popular SCJD books.

Anyone knows why ? Is it because most people prefer taking the other certifications over SCJD since they are exam based ?

Roel De Nijs

Joined: Jul 19, 2004
Posts: 8392

Hi Rah,

Reasons I can think of:
  • You have to put a lot more time and effort in this certification
  • if you want to illustrate you know Java, you take SCJP. If you want to prove your knowledge about Servlets & JSP you take the SCWCD. And the SCJD doesn't guarantee any particular knowledge

  • My former company purchased the famous book of Andrew Monkhouse and that was not really a problem. But you are right: I know a whole lot SCJP and just very few of them are also SCJD.

    Kind regards,

    SCJA, SCJP (1.4 | 5.0 | 6.0), SCJD
    OCAJP 7
    Jim Hoglund
    Ranch Hand

    Joined: Jan 09, 2008
    Posts: 525
    Does SCJD provide a good foundation for EE and
    Architecture certifications, or is it too far off-topic?
    Are there other non-Sun certifications to consider?


    Andy Jung
    Ranch Hand

    Joined: Feb 07, 2010
    Posts: 150
    Hi Rah,

    I read the legendary Monkhouse&Camerlengo book, in addition to this "Head first Design Patterns" by Freeman and a SCJD book provided by Sun (The Broker Tool application). In my opinion the "Broker Tool application" suited the best because it deals intensively with special design patterns being very useful for the assignment and not covered by Monkhouse.

    I think this certification exists mainly to prove one's knowledge of using accepted design patterns.
    My trainer from Sun Microsystems also says this exam is actually about design patterns.
    Of course anybody can accomplish the SCJD assignment without knowing anything about patterns,
    but that's surely not the way it is supposed to be.
    Since design patterns have little to do with architecture, SCJD is no requirement and only a little help for other exams (like SCEA).


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