Garth, if you are not seeking to get certified on Level 2 too quickly, you can consider another option besides VAJava. Last year IBM release a new IDE called Websphere Studio Application Developer, also called WSAD or Application Developer. Currently the tool does not provide all the functionality of VisualAge for Java (V4), so both coexist. This is supposed to change by the end of this year when support to VAJava 4 ends. I've seen other discussions in this forum pointing to IBM replacing the VAJava by a WSAD. One of the replies includes a link to an IBM Announcement Letter stating the exam will be available this April 15th. Whether this will really happen we don't know. But if you don't need to get certified right now it may be worth to wait for a while and see what will happen. After all, VAJava is a product. Once it is gone, your skill on it may not really be valued. If you really want to go for it, you can download the product documentation for free from the IBM VADD website. Start with the Getting Started manual to get an idea of the product. Another invaluable source of IBM products information is the IBM Redbooks website. There you'll find many books for VisualAge for Java, including Servlet and EJB development with that tool. [ April 07, 2002: Message edited by: Paulo Salgado ] [ April 07, 2002: Message edited by: Paulo Salgado ]
posted 17 years ago
Paulo, Good hearing from you. Your thoughts have crossed my mind. I have been working with VA for Java for about a year. I had not worked much with VCE, it was all Servlets and classes etc for websites. VisualAge for Java will not be going beyond Version 4.0. It has about a 2 year life to it yet from what I have read. It is using JDK1.2.2 which is a disappointment. If the test for WSAD is April 15th I might have to reconsider. I hope word comes out soon as to whether it will be in the JCert level 2. I really want to get the Solution Developer fast so I can go on to the Enterprise Developer. But would also like a meaningful certification. VisualAge for Java is a dead issue it appears. [ April 08, 2002: Message edited by: garth schneider ] [ April 08, 2002: Message edited by: garth schneider ]
Acording to IBM UK, VAJ 4.0 exams (282)/certification are going to be withdrwn and retired at the End of June this year. So, VAJ is dead, VAJ certification is dead. James PS I know that 283 is the only jCert level 2, I am waiting for clarification, I asume WSAD is the way to go....
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