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Does a certification enough to test industrial exprience?

 
Abubakkar Rangara
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A question for James,

Do I need a certification to justify my experience in the IT industry.

I know that certification clears a lot of myth that developers have in mind about java. In fact, I also agree that they get a huge amount of knowledge while preparing for certification.

But does that make a sought-after candidate for the industry level development (assuming that I have all those certification from the very basic to the advanced levels)?

 
Roel De Nijs
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I'm not James, but I give you my opinion

In the 1st place as a developer you should take your time to prepare for the certification and not take the certification for the fancy title. If you take your time, you'll prepare thoroughly and gather immense knowledge about the topic. Even I had 2-3 years of Java experience I still learned a whole lot while preparing for SCJP 1.4 and 5.0.

If 2 candidates for 1 job have similar experience, having a certification can make the difference.
 
Abubakkar Rangara
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That's true Roel. Thanks for sharing your experience.
 
Alexandru Gifei
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I think that the certification doesn't state that you are a good developer, it shows that you are a good Java programmer and that you are very familiar with Java syntax; you could write code even in a text editor without intellisense. If you do not have much experience with Java i do not recommend taking the cert, and even if you do, try to take the latest certification. Bare in mind that Java 6 was released in 2006 and Java 7 5 years later, in 2011.
 
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