Congratulations to all of you who have received your certification in any Java Sun Certification Programs. I am a freelance writer, currently working on an article for Sun Microsystems on the value of Java Certification programs. I had an interview with Kathy Sierra (a Javaranch founder) last week and she invited me to pop into the Saloon to solicit some quotes from some people taking and hopefully benefitting from Sun Java Certification. Would you like to have a chance to be in the article? If you want to check me out I have several articles posted on different Sun sites (not always under my name) -- here's one with a byline -- it's about the Java Verification Program and went up last month: http://developers.sun.com/techtopics/mobility/developers/business/articles/javaverified/ Originally I didn't think there would be room in the article for any additional sources, but now I'm rethinking that sentiment. I'd love to give some of you the chance to tell me about your experience taking the test(s) and what you hope certification will do for you professionally. Here's the catch: I'm writing the article right now for a deadline tomorrow so if you'd like the chance to be included, speak up now. So what do you say, help me out? Thanks in advance for your help, Tara Roussel
Tara, I don't know whether I'm in time, buts here's my views. Certifications are good for personal development, as you teach yourself skills you need for your job in a disciplined environment. You would not get the same development by just reading books. They also will help when applying for jobs, even if the company does not particulary value certs, as you have taught yourself some valuable knowledge that can be used in interviews. Ray Gill SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA (part 1), IBM-484
Tara, I believe that certifications are very necessary because they help an individual to aquire thorough and exhaustive knowledge of the area they choose.The combination of work experience and certification is very important for a person to perform better.By skimming through the books,we often miss many critical points. Certifications are like going back to school,where the student is her own teacher. Vasudha
IBM Certified Developer -XML and Related Technologies(141)<br />SCJP2 SCWCD
Hello Tara, Tight deadline, huh? I would like to help but if it's due today, I don't see how I can. :roll: Post a response if you are so inclined, and I'll check back in a couple of hours. Check my signature block below and you will see that I am a strong believer in certifications.
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