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Passed SCJP 5.0 (88%): Suggestions on what next?

 
Phil Meyer
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I am pretty happy with my results, and credit the excellent book and mock exam included with the K&B book for helping me pass. I worked my butt off these past few weeks, and I am so glad it is finally over. I get a $100 dollar bonus from my work now, which hardly seems worth it at the 100+ hours I probably studied . But the journey, in this case, was more important than the destination, as now I am very confident in my Java knowledge, and I learned a ton during my studying.

I am a pretty ambitious guy, and so am now thinking towards the future. Why not go for another certification? Out of the Sun Certification tests out there, I am most interested in the SCJD, SCBCD, and SCWCD.

I work for a small company, adding new features and performing maintenance on a very large J2EE application. We use EJBs (stateless session and entity) and JSPs (with Struts) for the most part.

I split my time pretty evenly between the front end and back end, and couldn't honestly say which I enjoy more. My knowledge of each is almost entirely practical, I know how to use the technologies, but not why things are done a certain way, or what is happening on the back end. So I figure that studying either the SCBCD or SCWCD would give me a goal driven way to study the theoretical parts of the technology. I thought I knew Java down pat before I started studying for the SCJP, and boy was I wrong, I look forward to gaining similar knowledge in whatever certification I do next.

What I am looking for from you guys: What are the relative weights of these three certications in the marketplace? (Very important to me right now). What are their relative difficulties, assuming a basic knowledge of J2EE, especially in relation to the SCJP test? Which certification has the best resources available, and what are they?

I know that SCJD is a completely different kind of test, so would be interested in hearing others' experiences with it.

I'd love to hear suggestions. If there are threads on this forum where similar advice is given, or where these tests are compared, a link would be more than welcome.
 
anil kuchana
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Firstly congratulations on getting certified..

According to your work profile SCBCD looks an obvious choice but I prefer doing WCD before BCD
[ November 15, 2006: Message edited by: anil kuchana ]
 
Sai Surya
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Hi Phil,

Congratulations on your success!!! Here are the inputs for your query.

Now a days, web based applications are increasing rapidly in the market place along with open source frameworks like struts etc. All these frameworks mainly uses JSP and Servlets as their core components. Since you already experienced in web tier, I would suggest you to go for SCWCD. Once you are done with SCWCD (couple of months preparation is enough I guess) go for other certification.

Once you are experienced in achieving certifications then you will know the sweet taste of it and go for other advanced certifications (UML, OOAD, XML) etc to increase your resume weight.

Good luck,
Surya.
 
Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratz !
 
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations!!!
 
Bert Bates
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Congrats Phil!

If you like your current job and feel that it's secure, I'd vote for SCWCD -if you're job hunting I might vote for the developer exam.

Bert
 
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