Hi if u want a challenging certification just for kicks, Go for the Sun certified developer for Java web services. The name is very deceiving, this certification needs more architectural knowledge of web services and little bit of programming. It s combination of SCEA Part-1 plus web services architecture and lot of new technology. Good for u u read lot of stuff go for reading RFC type stuff for the webservices standard's. No UML stuff but lot of architectural security etc. HTH Dhiren
tx. But does it require 'programmer certification'?
I've not taken any programmer certification yet.
Yes, It needs the SCJP certification. You may consider IBM Certified Solution Developer - Web Services Development with WebSphere Studio V5.1. This requires only 1 IBM test. Basically, I like "1 test for 1 certification".
Harry you mention that you have been a Java Architect for the last five years and, from your programming statement, it sounds as though you have been very close to the coal face.
My current role as application architect is a little more generic in that, even though my previous role used J2EE extensively, I must assess what type of technology is best for the task in hand. My role varies from coal face to enterprise architecture; also known as solution architecture. Therefore, my day to day work varies quite a lot and even more so by project. The ability to evolve and learn new skills and technologies is key in the role as software architect; it is critical to maintain a honest and knowledgable understanding of the scope of the problem that has been presented to you and the ability to assess and provide a solution at varous abstractions depending upon the audience.
If you feel that you have been too technically focused, which I can appreciate because I too became bogged down at the coal-face at one time, try some other skills that are critical to your role as an architect (e.g. BPM, SOA Evolution etc). There are many forums out there that are evolving the next series of methodologies, notation and framework - OMG, Sun etc., ask to become involved. A good starting point is the World Wide Institute of Software Architects (WWISA) or OMG etc.
Don't become constraint within the bounds and realms of Java. Although, I have to be honest, I'm certainly in the "Java Camp", you must assess other technologies and make your own judgement. There is simply so much to learn because there is so much evalution. I've been doing this over 20 years and the last six or so years have been far the most exciting! I nearly changed my career seven years ago!
All the best and good luck! If it is simply IT you are no longer interested in then I hope you find something you enjoy.
Ian Roberts<br />Application Architect<br />SCJP, SCJD, SCEA, OCUP Fundamental
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