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Now I am IBM Certified Enterprise Developer, too

 
Axel Janssen
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... with a little bit low score in 287, but who cares.

Maybe a little bit hot for serious thinking (22 C ).
Too much open Source java (nothing against that) and customers who don't even give up their Lotus Domino stuff in my current job.
Too good football matches in TV in the last weeks
... and 10 month without hollydays (except 2 weeks at years end).

For the test you should know deployment issues very well.
There were questions about minimal server configuration for MDBs.
Until now I am happy, when they get the message and not throw exception.

And: Actually take the time to download a was and deploy your stuff.
Not only working with test server like I did.

I will definitively stay up with the thing. Kyles and Howards book are a good help.

Here's my score:
66%
(% of test)
enterprise components (25%) 77%
web components (19%) 80%
clients (8%) 50%
database connectivity, messaging (8%) 25%
transactions (10%) 60%
validate, tune, troubleshoot (15%) 63%
Server environ (15%) 63%)

Good luck to anybody

Axel
[ June 30, 2004: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
 
Ramon Gill
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Axel, congrats!
What next?
Ray
SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA (part-1), ICED (IBM-484, IBM-486, IBM-287)
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Congrad!!!

You did a cool job!!! A pass is a pass!!!

What's next?

Nick
 
Vijay S. Rathore
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Congrats Axel Janssen.
 
Axel Janssen
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Thank you guys.

Was laid back summer style last-week preparation. I am happy to own the thing.

What's next question:

Maybe Sun or IBM Web Services certifications.
MQSeries is product I will install on testserver. Maybe I'll take certification.
Or Oracle certification

Definitively not before october
 
Serge Adzinets
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Good job, Axel!

What was your motivation of taking the tests?
 
Nicholas Cheung
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What was your motivation of taking the tests?


Maybe I can share some of my experiences.

For SCDJWS or IBM 288, Web Services is a new and growing technology that will be fully used by the industry finally, becos of the *power* of the interoperability. And thus, I, or even those who took part in the beta exam for SUN and IBM 288 promotion, would like to be one of the 1st group of people in this area.

For databases, personally, I will consider Oracle and DB2, as they have a great portion of market share. Oracle10g did a very cool job, and its functionalities have been improved a lot. Thus, as Oracle is now promoting the Oracle10g beta exam, I really wanna take it.

Finally, for WebSphereMQ, most of the banks use it, as the assurance of the delivery of messages. This is an important feature, as the banks cant afford losing the customer requests. But just I dont have much experiences on the new WebSphereMQ, otherwise, I will take the test as well.

Personally, if you have time, I think IBM 288 is a good idea.

Nick
 
Serge Adzinets
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Nick,

I asked about your personal benefits from taking certs.

For example,
-obtain new knowledge
-prove yourself you can do it
-be recognized in your company
-get better job

It is often considered certs are only needed when you want to find a new job. But I'd say java certs are not so popular to help a job seeker.
 
Cor Lieftink
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hi Serge and others,

Originally posted by Serge Adzinets:
It is often considered certs are only needed when you want to find a new job. But I'd say java certs are not so popular to help a job seeker.


Thanks to my Sun certificates, I start july 15th as J2EE programmer at the headquarters of an international bank here in the Netherlands! The job asked for at least two years experience, which I didnot have. I have about 1/2 year with JSP/servlet, no EJBs (also asked for in the job). I had however already three years experience developing with Oracle Designer/Developer and PL/SQL. Furthermore experience J2EE programmers are right now hard to get for companies in the Netherlands and not too many people in the Netherlands have the certificates. Nevertheless it seems to me fair to say that I thank the job for a big deal to my Sun certificates.

It raises the questions:
1) Is it hard for companies to get experience J2EE programmers in the United States or elsewhere?
2) What percentage of the Java programmers in your country do you estimate have (sun) java certificates?


Regards,

Cor

P.s. Nick, they indeed use MQ! :-)
[ July 01, 2004: Message edited by: Cor Lieftink ]
 
Ko Ko Naing
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It's kinda encouraging news for me... I'm on my way to ICED as well as SCMAD again... Congratulations for your success,Axel Janssen!!!
 
Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo
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Congrats Axel.

Nick,
where i can get more information about the Oracle Beta?

Regards,
 
v giri
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Oracle Beta exam information is available here

Barely two weeks to go.

Best of Luck..
 
Nicholas Cheung
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I asked about your personal benefits from taking certs.

For example,
-obtain new knowledge
-prove yourself you can do it
-be recognized in your company
-get better job

I do think I can learn more, and have a more indepth knowledge from the exam. My company is highly appreiate with certifications, as this is one of our company's selling point: Every developer is certified for ALL technogloies that used in the project.

However, up till now, I dont think I can use any of the certificates to find a cool job.


It is often considered certs are only needed when you want to find a new job. But I'd say java certs are not so popular to help a job seeker.

It is difficult to say, but some of the job ads really state that they expected XXX certificates, and SCJP and SCBCD are usually be stated.

Nick
 
Nicholas Cheung
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P.s. Nick, they indeed use MQ! :-)

I have involved in several banking projects, and all of them used WebSphereMQ.

However, we usually use JMS and we never touch about the MQ server configuration, otherwise, I am sure that I will be *forced* to get MQ certs.

Nick
 
Nicholas Cheung
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I'm on my way to ICED as well as SCMAD again...

I am waiting for your success too.

Please let me know if you think I can help.

Nick
 
Axel Janssen
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Originally posted by Serge Adzinets:
Good job, Axel!

What was your motivation of taking the tests?


We are an IBM business partner and we do a lot of Java and unfortunatedly some Domino stuff (every quarter less), but very little Websphere yet. I have created/presented some Websphere presentations, but that's more than a year ago.
Nevertheless, the certi knowledge of 287 helps me in hibernate/os webworks project (for example), because they are tackling same issues.
I learn stuff more seriously, when I do a test at the end.
And yes.
It is a good point on my resume. But as one point among others.
Other things are real world project experience, teamworking, attitude towards customers, presentation skills, etc.
I would never say that one of those "seriously certified" (> 7 tests) as a matter of fact are only doing certs and rest time are watching TV. But I must say that with this one as 3rd test this year, I will be a bit certi-tired for a while.
[ July 02, 2004: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
 
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