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Spring Certification without training course? Is it possible?

 
Andrea Nobili
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Hello to everybody,

this is my situation. I am a junior Java developer and I am interested in Spring certifications. Searching online I only found the training course + exam solution.

The training course have a very hight price and I am asking if is it possibile study it by itself and do only the final exam. Exist this possibility or the training course is mandatory?

Someone have some experience about it and know how it work or how can I have this information?

Looking online I see many different opinion about this problem. Someone say that the training coruse is mandatory, someone else say that you can don't do the training course if you have some certified experience in Spring development, etcetc.

Can you help me to understand this thing?

Another question: some time ago I worked on a Spring MVC (that used Spring Web Flow) project (but I do very litle thing because I was very very junior). I have the basis and after this work I have explored the topic by myself. So I have the basis but I don't consider myswlf as an autonomous Spring developer (I need an architect\senior that check my work). So do you think that the training course could be something important for my professional growth (regardless of whether it is mandatory or not) or you think that I can study it by myself?

Tnx
Andrea
 
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Years ago, it was possible to take the Spring certification test without taking the training course first. This is no longer the case.
 
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Have you asked the company you work for if they will pay for the course ?
 
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Andrea Nobili wrote:Another question: some time ago I worked on a Spring MVC (that used Spring Web Flow) project (but I do very litle thing because I was very very junior). I have the basis and after this work I have explored the topic by myself. So I have the basis but I don't consider myswlf as an autonomous Spring developer (I need an architect\senior that check my work). So do you think that the training course could be something important for my professional growth (regardless of whether it is mandatory or not) or you think that I can study it by myself?Andrea

I missed the rest of this post on first read.

I find a course to be useful because I can ask questions. And because they layout the material and labs in a specific way. I think you will understand Spring more deeply if you take the class. You could study for yourself if you spend enough time on it. You'll probably learn most of it on your own.
 
John Soper
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I coughed up the money and took the course a year and a half ago. The slides were excellent, really made me understand Spring better. I thought there was just two ways to write Spring code, but there's actually three (XML, Annotations, Pure Java).

You could study Spring in Action and do a personal Spring project, then put it on Github as an alternative.
 
Himai Minh
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There may be a Spring Framework online course offered by University of California, Irvine extension program in January 2015. Can you wait for this course?
You will learn the basics of Spring Framework.
For more detail, ask me in the private message.
 
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A rancher posted a recommendation for Spring Framework courses : http://www.coderanch.com/t/517601/Spring/Spring-Jumpstart-eLearn-online
 
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