Hi Luciano, I understand Sun being the parent of J2EE, you would choose sun (or there is other reason?). But why IBM 484/483 after SCWCD & SCBCD ? They don't overlap? What about I heard that Sun exams are more technical detail oriented oppose to those from IBM, being more, overall conceptual understanding oriented? [ July 25, 2003: Message edited by: dharma cris ]
The SCWCD and SCBCD certifications cover both web components and EJB in more detail that the IBM J2EE certification. (I recently took IBM 484, which is the next version from 483). The Sun exams are probably a better indication of breadth and depth of knowledge in these topics. The IBM exam only has about 20 question on each topic, so it can't test that much. Also, the IBM exam covers J2EE architecture and some other topics. However, the IBM exam is quite tricky, and it would show a good overall knowledge of J2EE. And you do have to pass it for the jCert Enterprise developer role. I think that if you can pass SCWCD + SCBCD, you can probably pass IBM J2EE, and they should make the Sun cert an alternative for the IBM exam for jCert. [ August 07, 2003: Message edited by: Dave Cronin ]
I don't see any reason why they couldn't include SCBCD and SCWCD as alternates to the current exam, save that it means taking two tests instead of one. I doubt that many folks would opt for that track.. but it would be nice if it were offered.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
There is a difference between IBM 483/484 and SCWCD and SCBCD. Passing the IBM test shows knowledge of a wide range of J2EE technologies, but says little about actual knowledge of Web Components or EJBs. The Sun tests have detailed syllabuses for their subjects, which allows for better focused study of the subject area. Passing the Sun exams can demonstrate more clearly expertise in either Web Components or EJBs. Also, the Sun exam results show you your strengths and weaknesses within the subject areas, which the IBM exam does not do. Therefore, I think it is better to go for the Sun certifications, and it would make sense if the jCert people made SCWCD + SCBCD a valid alternative to the IBM cert. Whether this will ever happen is another question.