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Is it worth to get a java certification today?

ignacio giagante
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Hi,

I have been seeing that the new language scala is gaining ground over java and this compile java bytecode. So, my question is: Why study java if I can start with Scala? Give me a couple of reasons. Thanks!

Regards,

Ignacio
Paul Anilprem
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ignacio giagante wrote:Hi,

I have been seeing that the new language scala is gaining ground over java and this compile java bytecode. So, my question is: Why study java if I can start with Scala? Give me a couple of reasons. Thanks!

Regards,

Ignacio


That is interesting. Could you please give a little more details about how you were able to perceive that Scala is gaining ground over Java? That might help others give you some relevant answers to your question.


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Jacob Brozenick
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1. Java isn't going away any time soon. I have been a software developer for 10 years now and one thing I have learned is that you can not assume that you will never see or have to work with language "X" just because it is older or "obsolete". Within a given year on a single job I have had to work with C#, C/C++ and Java extensively.

2 Its good to be well rounded in this field, especially in this economic environment. I spent a full 2 years working with C/C++ on embedded systems, when the project ended I got laid-off and 1 month later I was a ruby-on-rails web-application developer for a year, after that project I got heavy into J2EE.

3. It does not take much time, and its not that difficult. Last year a colleague of mine got his SCJP, he studied for 6 months and prior to that he had little to no experience with Java at all. Price I understand may be a factor for some, but a lot of times companies will re-reimburse you if you pass the exam.

Richard Reese
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There are a number of good reasons to be certified. For some the certification can help get a job. For others it may be a matter of wanting to demonstrate a level of competency in Java. Regardless, studying Java and becoming certified will provide skills that are transferable to other languages including Scala. The broader your skill set, the better you will be off in the long run.

Richard

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ignacio giagante
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Look at this http://typesafe.com/. This is a good example in how scala is growing . I like java, but I don't like too much to write a lot of code for something trivial.
 
 
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