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Stephen Wei
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hello all:
I have seen many discussions about this topic in diffrent forms, but I am just not so satisfied and I think lots of people like me need a more detailed comparisons between JCert and Sun certification path. I do not have so much time to study, so I really have to choose one path for my career.
It would be nice to compare those 2 based on the aspects of
1: Their market value
2: the time and efforts to achieve them
3: the companies you intend to work for
1: I know Sun has been traditionally famous for Java certifications, but I heard JCert,IBM is catching up? Frankly speaking, actually I think IBM JCert path appears to be very good to me, it covers awful a lot of material, and it combines with the real world product(which is important!).
And it focus on J2EE, which is more useful for our job. While Sun's certificate only covers theory, and you have to dedicate your time to do the assignment. Especially I hate that the Sun developer certificate still only covers Swing, RMI, and threads etc, why do not they make it a Servlet/JSP based assignment? I would love to go for it if so.
Any comments?
2:How long does it take to complete each level for each path?
Sun certificate requires you to do assignment, which may take lots of time. But both IBM solution developer and enterprise developer contains 2 tests, do they also take lots of time to study? does anyone know in average how long it takes to finish Sun developer, Sun Architect, IBM solution developer, IBM enterprise developer?
Any comments?
3:What company appreciate what kind of certificate?
for example, if I intend to work for IBM or BEA, do they appreciate JCert more than Sun certificate? Any one inside those big companies can comment?
Java experts please comment, I think it is important to decide a path between those 2, because many people like me are probably only smart enough to finish one path!
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