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Hi everyone,
I ve been working on Java for about 3years now. I've not taken up any exams yet. I want to how good it is to take up an exam. Very often I find people taking up this to just add something to their name. I could find people who had confusions regarding the core java which I think JCP covers.
I say I am really interested. Could some one give me some more links.
Also regarding other certifications like IBM.

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I also feel that most people just take certifications for their resume. Especially the US System of multiple choice tests is not really appropriate for the content of programming, often things like good archtiectural design are left out. But then again, I don't have any certifications to my name, would be interesting to get a post from one of the certified ranchers here to learn how much value the certification has to them in their everyday work, and not just in getting the job.
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Hi Prashant and Matt,
Being Certified does not mean that u r qualified for a particular role say a programmer or a developer, it is only a medium to show ur credentials in that particular feild and it shows that u can very well qualify and be eligible to get a develoer or programmer's job.It certainly helps in getting u more interview calls.At least in my case it has been like that.Having said that let me tell u certification alone can't gurantee unless u don't have a experience.yeah as regards the type of certifications, there are certain certifications which deals with the details of architecture and u have to undergo a full project like SCJD.whereas SCJP,SCWCD,SCEA are the ones which normally deals more with concepts and laugauage specific stuff.
In my view point there is no harm for someone who is working on these technologies to show-case his competency by taking these exams.
It definately puts a tag on you.
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