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Recommended sequence of certification tests?

 
Volker Schnitzer
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I am studying right now for the Java programmer's certification test. I have heard that there are at least four different java related certifications. Is there a recommended sequence as to which ones to take first, and where does the enterprise developer test fit in?

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Phil Rhodes
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If you're talking about the Sun tests, you can find the details here.
There is also a new Sun certification coming out, based on J2ME.
I think the only requirements as far as order is, SCJP is required as a pre-requisite for SCJD, SCWCD, and SCBCD. Otherwise, you can take them as you see fit.
Me,I did SCJP first, then SCWCD, and am now studying for SCBCD and SCEA. Interestingly enough, IIRC, SCEA has no prereq - despite being the most "advanced" of the java certifications, in a sense.
Outside of the Sun tests, there are also Java related certifications from IBM and other vendors. The IBM stuff seems to be pretty popular among the vendor specific certifications. Look at www.ibm.com/certify for more information on IBM's certifications.
[ February 06, 2004: Message edited by: Phil Rhodes ]
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Hi Volker,
Below is my cert sequence:
Up till now:
SCJP 1.2 --> SCWCD 1.3 --> SCJP 1.4 --> SCJD --> SCWCD 1.4 beta
And I am now preparing SCMAD, after that, I will take the following exams:
IBM 484 --> IBM 486 --> IBM 287 --> SCBCD
The exams that are related to enterprise are:
SCWCD (JSPs and Servlets), SCBCD (EJB), IBM 484 (JSPs, Servlets, and EJBs), IBM 287 (how enterprise applications be developed under WSAD environment).
Hope this help.
Nick.
 
Vijay S. Rathore
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In my openion if you have time and money constraint you better catch any of these trains:
Sun Certified Enterprise Architecture Path
SCJP 1.4 --> SCWCD 1.4 --> SCBCD --> SCEA (3 Parts)
or

IBM Certified Enterprise Developer Path
SCJP 1.4 --> IBM 486 --> IBM 484 --> IBM 287
Happy Learning
[ February 07, 2004: Message edited by: Vijay Rathore ]
 
Neil Foster
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Hi,
It is a very useful question. Nicolas has very well mentioned. I suggest you to appear for neutral (product/vendor independent) certifications first and then based on your current/expected assignment go for product based certs like WebSphere/WebLogic.
Programmer->Developer/Web Component Dev->Software Design->Architect would be my choice of track.
Best of luck!
Neil
 
Jorge Blaz
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Well, it's not easy to decide.
I will try to follow this path:
SCJP 1.4 -->
SCWCD 1.4 -->
SCJD ->
SCBCD -->
IBM 486 -->
IBM 484 -->
SCEA (3 Parts) -->
IBM 287
As Neil has said, maybe is better first to get the Sun certifications and then the vendor specified ones. Since i have experience with VisualAge and WebSphere my choice would be IBM tests.
 
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Originally posted by Volker Schnitzer:
Is there a recommended sequence as to which ones to take first, and where does the enterprise developer test fit in?

As others have pointed out, there is and isn't a 'recommended' sequence. SCJP is a prerequisite for most of the Sun exams, so that is probably going to be your first stop.
Other than that, a lot of it depends on what you're doing, what you'd like to be doing, and where you feel you're going technology-wise, which is going to dictate which exams you'll target. If you're mostly doing JSPs and Servlets (like me), you'll probably end up going for the SCWCD next. If you do EJBs, you'll aim more towards preparing for the SCBCD. Both of these two "multiple-choice" J2EE exams are good preparation - the latter more than the former - for the SCEA exam.
The same goes for the vendor-specific exams. If you work for a shop that uses WebSphere, then consider their Enterprise Developer track with the WS specific exams. (If not, consider a vendor-specific exam for your target app-server, or don't take one if it's not something that'll help you.) Regardless, 484 and 486 are probably useful for anyone in our field.
But, for sequence, I figure there's no need to stick with one specific program. My course has been:
SCJP -> IBM 406 (Websphere 3.5) -> SCWCD -> IBM 488/489 (WS 4.0) -> IBM 483 -> IBM 486
(Bear in mind I worked for a WebSphere shop at my last job.) I participated the SCWCD beta, and am ramping up to take SCMAD and 484 within the next few weeks. With some good fortune, and help from my company, I might take aim at SCEA over the summer.
[ February 10, 2004: Message edited by: Theodore Casser ]
 
Like Zhang
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From my point of view, I choose SCBCD instead of SCWCD because EJB is the core of J2EE, while Servlets and JSP are covered by most other certificates, such as IBM 285-287.
I just finished SCJP 1.4, here is my plan for future:
SCJP->SCBCD->IBM 286->Weblogic Certificate or others
For SCBCD will help me bulid solid background in EJB developing, which is independent of any platform. IBM 286 will help me have knowledge in a specific.
 
v giri
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because EJB is the core of J2EE

Lot of people would debate that viewpoint. Rod Johnson's forthcoming book strongly speaks out against EJBs and still making effective use of J2EE
regards
[ February 18, 2004: Message edited by: v giri ]
 
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