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Java Developer - Please suggest a certification

Praveen Sharma
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Joined: Jul 31, 2008
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To grow in my current job role as a Java/J2ee developer I am considering a technical certification which i can complete in 7-8 months
I have already aquired SCJP and SCWCD certifications and the other java certifications (Mobile, EJB) don't fit my job profile.

Hence, I started looking into Spring Certifications. But the cost of Spring certifications have give me a shock and I had to drop it from my list.

Now I am back to ground zero. Guys could you please suggest me one ?

The following is my job profile:
Experienced in Java, Spring, Struts, Web Technologies like - JavaScript, Ajax, DTHMLx, GWT, XML

Note: The architect exam would take my about 1.5 years to complete (all three modules) so I am not considering that at this point of time.

SCJP 80% SCWCD 89%
Jan Cumps

Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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f you are a j2ee developer, why doesn't ejb fit?

OCUP UML fundamental and ITIL foundation
Praveen Sharma
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Joined: Jul 31, 2008
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EJB does'nt fit because I am not working on EJBs in my projects and secondly I am not sure how popular is EJB these days after Spring came into picture.
Abhay Agarwal
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Joined: Feb 29, 2008
Posts: 1341

Hi Praveen

I have also done SCJA,SCJP,SCWCD and have experience in Spring, Struts etc.
I also thought of Spring certification but cost is a barrier.

Here are some suggestion from my side -->

you can do

a. UML certification - you may go for UML certification. This certification will help you grow in Analysis and Design of Java web applications. Some UML certifications are being provided by IBM and OMG.

b. Database certification - currently it may be a good time to SQL related certification which will add varierty in your career profile as Java, Spring etc are front end. Doing an SQL certificaion will give you good knowledge of Databases.

c. Domain specific certification - in which domain are you working? retail or finance or healthcare etc? . It may also be good time to enhance domain knowledge. we do have some domain certification available in market

~ 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
Praveen Sharma
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Joined: Jul 31, 2008
Posts: 129
Abhay, thanks for the suggestion.
Let me look into it then. I am not sure about UML and databases as I am not very keen for these two.
My work domain is Investment banking. Maybe I will have to find something there till SpringSource makes the certification free of cost ..
Will Myers
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Joined: Aug 05, 2009
Posts: 370

I also work in investment banking and in my experience EJB is heavily used (I have yet to see servlets and JSPs used though) so I would do that certification (in fact I am ). I'm surprised you are not keen on databases, I always get asked some SQL questions in interviews....
Sunny Bhandari
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Joined: Dec 06, 2010
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As will suggested, SQL certification will bring balance to your CV if you want to continue to apply in investment banking related opportunities.

They simply love SQL,PL/SQL.

Go for EJB if you want to be hired by any one and later go for SQL,PL/SQL...

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