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Next Step?

 
Claudio Roitman
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Hi,
What is the natural next step after SCJP 1.4?
SUN CERTIFIED WEB COMPONENT DEVELOPER ?
SUN CERTIFIED BUSINESS COMPONENT DEVELOPER ?
or SUN CERTIFIED DEVELOPER FOR THE JAVA 2 PLATFORM?
Thanks,
Claudio
 
Terry Martinson
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I don't think there is really a natural path. It just sort of depends on which direction you want to go, which is nice. The only real requirement for them is that you have some level of SCJP.
Personally, I did the SCWCD after SCJP because it applied more to my current job. Now I'm in the middle of the SCJD assignment. This is not really related to my current job, but I feel it will round out my java skills a bit. My hopes are to eventually work on SCBCD.
TJ
 
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Claudio
I agree with Terry.
Some other things you might want to think about:
If your intent is to get certifications quickly so that you can have them on your resume, then you should be aware that SCJD is a long process: usually around a month full time (40 hrs/week) on the project, and possibly another month before you get the results. If you need something on the board now the n you might find that you can get SCWCD & SCBCD quicker than SCJD.
If you intend to get all the certifications sooner or later just to make you a more rounded Java programmer, then you might want to start with SCJD: as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, you have to wait until you get the results from Sun (Sun say you will get the results within 6 weeks), so if you start with SCJD then you will have something to do while you are waiting for your results. And (as one or two people currently doing SCJD have mentioned) doing SCJD first means that when you get sick of the project you can take a break and do another certification then come back to SCJD.
Good luck with whichever comes next.
Regards, Andrew
 
Philippe Maquet
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And (as one or two people currently doing SCJD have mentioned) doing SCJD first means that when you get sick of the project you can take a break and do another certification then come back to SCJD.

I must agree with Andrew !
 
Ashish Sarin
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Hi,
I think at anytime it would be better to go for one certification rather than working on a certification for sometime and then leaving it to go for another one, especially when its SCJD assignment.
The SCJD assignment requires good amount of effort both in coding and designing and none of these activities can be done in phases or you may lose track when you come back to SCJD assignment. If you start working on SCJD and leave it for sometime (say one month) to finish off some other certification (say SCBCD) which will require atleast one month of focused study on EJBs. In such a scenario when you come back to SCJD and start the assignment from where you left then i guess it will take good amount of time to get started with the SCJD assignment. It may even take sometime for you to get conversant with the code which was ealier written by you or may be it will require you to read the instructions set again and understand everything that you had done before in the SCJD assignment.
Thats my personal suggestion. It may be wrong !!
regards
ashish sarin
 
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