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attempting architect exam... urgent.

 
seetarama raju
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iam scjp and worked on one java project in US. previously i'worked on java in india befor coming to US. currently iam planning to scea. but my question is that is it worth taking this exam and passing it without doing the developer certification.
i mean as i didn't had any architectural experience will there
be any chance of getting a job as an architect by having this certification. actually i got this doubt after i saw one of the posts in this forum. due to this i had just postponed my appontment for the exam till the next week. can anybody suggest me what could be the better decision.
please help me soon as i've take a decision in this matter.
thank u.
seetarama raju
 
Danl Thompson
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Well, you could go for Architect w/out Developer. They are really two different skill sets. I think there's some foundation to taking the Developer first. That's what I did. In hindsight it wasn't necessary just to pass the Architect.
I guess it comes down to what skills you want to show on your resume. Architect is more big picture, and requires understanding how pieces go together, and how to communicate that through UML.
If I were you, I'd take my time, and learn as much as possible - read everything you can get your hands on, and then decide which one is right for you.
 
John Wetherbie
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As noted above the Developer and Architect exams target different skill sets.
From the perspective of "Will a certification help me obtain a specific position?" in my experience the answer is maybe or an outright no. If you don't have experience in the area the certification covers then it probably won't help much. A certification might be a tie-breaker between two candidates with the same experience levels.
I look at the certs as a way to test yourself vs a way to get a job. My perspective is based on my experience here in Denver, things may be different in other places.
Good luck on whichever (or both!) certification you go after.
John
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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