Edward Finegan wrote:I was in a simular boat as you Michael. I was a Java developer for a while before I even thought about certifications. At the time I wanted to do it to strength my resume. As I started to prepare for the exam I realized that I knew about 85% precent of the content inside and out but about 15% of it was in area that I hardly, if ever worked with. Thats when I started to appreciate certifications. It helps even experienced developers stay well rounded and not get stuck into old patterns.
I thoroughly agree with Edward. Because I also felt the same way as he did
. Right now I work as a software engineer in a leading company in Sri Lanka. And I got this job as I have completed my Bachelor of Computer Science degree in university of Colombo in Sri Lanka. At first I also thought that it's not much needed to get certifications as I already have a degree. But within last few weeks, as I started preparing for OCAJP I realized that even though I 'll pass this exam or not this preparation will definitely improve my knowledge. Right now I feel that I'm improving my Java knowledge day by day