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Guy Allard
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Hello All - The youngest threads are amusing.
I took SCJP2 and passed in December 2000. I was 52 at that time.
Anybody got that beat?
Regards, Guy
 
Padmaja Balaji
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Kudos to u.
At 32, I am thinking I am ancient to try these things among the young whizkids around.
Happy Programming !
- Paddy
 
Patrick Stacey
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I'm 48 and studying for the exam - I'ts mainly for the sense of achievement I'm hoping to getwhen I finally pass it.. I'm currently working as an RPG programmer so the change is quite interesting. Even though the language are completely different I really think that It helps to have been prgramming in any language!!!
Although it still VERY tough going..
Patrick
ps I'm just glad that I'm not quite the oldest!!
 
Guy Allard
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Hello Patrick - Sense of achievement - yes, that is the most important of the reasons to take/pass the exam.
Does it help with finding work? Well, who knows? I don't realy, but I do know it certainly makes an impression with (some young) managers.
Hmmmmm ..... at 53 now I am also IBM XML certified, and will take the IBM UML/OOAD test shortly.
Regards, Guy

 
Patrick Stacey
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HI Guy
I'm not sure how much it helps with work either!! Although where I work has recently created a new Java team - I think they mainly deal in JSP programming.
In fact I think it probably won't help that much at work at all -if it was to ,I think you would have to demonstrate some degree of proficiency in areas that they are interested in! Like JAVA, JSP and XML - I would think they probably be demanded as a package.. It's funny you should mention XML because thats what I want to do when I finish the scjp..

Any tips for studying ??, how long did it take you? I have JQplus but I was planning on using that in the last month of study. I also have RHE book, the biggest problem is limited time!! I am about a half the way through at the moment and trying to do examples as I go along..
Patrick
 
Greg Wikle
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Patrick:
I am also an AS400/ RPG programmer trying my hand at Java Certification. I've been noticing that there are more jobs starting to show up on internet job posting boards that require Java/Visual Age/Websphere etc.I think this will continue to improve now that IBM is offering these tools for free on the AS400. I also think the demand for RPG programmers is going in the toilet (I know I've been looking).
By the way, what is JQ+ and how go you get it (I'm new to this board)
Cheers
 
Donald Nunn
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Hello, Guys. Well, don't feel to bad, I'm 45 years old and I'm going for the cert as well. I feel I'll probably work in IT for at least another 20 years or so and RPG is going down the tubes. Even the RPG salaries are dropping and the work is boring. So,I don't feel I have a choice.
Donald
 
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