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Is it worth to take the XML certification?

 
Rudy Harianto
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I mean.. In my experience as a developer, i don't use XML that much.
Just for the deployment descriptor(configuration) and wrapping-sending data.
Based on that, I'm not sure what's the point in getting the certification.
Maybe my opinion came cause that i'm not into deep on the XML technology. So maybe anyone can explain if there are any other useful benefits from the XML?
 
ankur rathi
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some more uses of XML:

1] with XSL you can directly view your XML in browser...
2] you can store data into XML...
 
micky warren
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I've decided to do the certification as we use XML extensively where I work and having a good understanding of the fundamentals will be useful to me - and certification will look good when it comes to my yearly review. If you don't use XML much, then perhaps there isn't much point in doing the certification, but XML is being used a lot in all sorts of different ways - so knowing the fundamentals (and proving you know them with certification) will make getting another job easier.

I think XML (and related technologies) becomes useful when passing information between applications. Knowing how to specify what input XML your application will consider to be valid (or what XML it will produce) using schemas, knowing how to parse the XML for whatever information is important using SAX or DOM and how to process the XML using XSLT to different formats required for output are the main things that spring to mind as useful benefits of XML certification.
 
DW Bolton
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Originally posted by Rudy Harianto:
I mean.. In my experience as a developer, i don't use XML that much.
Just for the deployment descriptor(configuration) and wrapping-sending data.
Based on that, I'm not sure what's the point in getting the certification.


If you don't think you'll benefit, then you should definitely not study it, as it is impossible to motivate yourself for something that seems pointless.

Having said that, there are many good reasons for studying XML:
  • if you have any interest in Service-Oriented-Architectures or Web Services (who doesn't these days!)
  • if you think you may work with system integration in the future
  • if your applications may be delivered to a variety of clients/platforms
  • if you tend to work in specific domains or industries (XML would be vital for interaction between companies)


  • I think the overriding theme there is "interoperability" -- maybe your motivation could be not what you do at work right now, but what you could be doing in the future.

    Think about this... If you're the only one in your workplace who knows the applications of XML well, then you are going to see opportunities for its use in many different areas that others will not see. You'll be one step ahead of everyone else.

    But similarly, if you absolutely work on closed systems, without interaction, then maybe you could focus on building your skills with a different certification.
     
    Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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    Originally posted by DW Bolton:


    If you don't think you'll benefit, then you should definitely not study it, as it is impossible to motivate yourself for something that seems pointless.

    Having said that, there are many good reasons for studying XML:
  • if you have any interest in Service-Oriented-Architectures or Web Services (who doesn't these days!)
  • if you think you may work with system integration in the future
  • if your applications may be delivered to a variety of clients/platforms
  • if you tend to work in specific domains or industries (XML would be vital for interaction between companies)


  • I think the overriding theme there is "interoperability" -- maybe your motivation could be not what you do at work right now, but what you could be doing in the future.

    Think about this... If you're the only one in your workplace who knows the applications of XML well, then you are going to see opportunities for its use in many different areas that others will not see. You'll be one step ahead of everyone else.

    But similarly, if you absolutely work on closed systems, without interaction, then maybe you could focus on building your skills with a different certification.

    Well said Bolton

    You might also want to check out this anwser for the same question posted almost 2 years back

    http://www.coderanch.com/t/147221/po/certification/IBM-XML-Certification-worth
     
    Reza Rav.
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    For me XML play an important role in my developement life, I used XML document alot in my work from config file ... sending data trough network.
    I think for my next university project I realy need XML(not just XML doc. Xpath and XSLT too) because it shall be implemented based on SOAP

    XML is something that you can't run away from it.It is like women, if you run away from it one day in your life it catch you (very soon).
    So I suggest you dig it.
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    Billy Tsai
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    does XML still have very good future in the IT industry?
     
    Theodore Casser
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    Originally posted by Billy Tsai:
    does XML still have very good future in the IT industry?


    I think it's going to be important for a long time to come. While it's not something I use every day, it's certainly something I use at least once a month on some level.
     
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