I want to add value to my profile by doing some J2EE certifications like SCBCD, SCWCD, SCEA etc. Now my question is, Is doing SCBCD before SCEA add any value addition for doing SCEA ? if we do SCBCD then what preparation percentage of SCEA does it cover Or is SCBCD over qualification for SCEA ? May be people who have taken SCEA can better answer my questions.
Also, what is the industry trend now-a-days and for coming days regarding the emphasis and value given for J2EE certifications. Is SCBCD worth doing ?
in my humble opinion, even though the focus of scea and bcd is very different, all of the lessons learned in bcd prep. are valuable in EA, some of them mandatory. wcd can help too, but the coupling does not seem to be that tight. a reasonable overview over what wcd covers might be sufficient.
so yes, i would recommend to go for bcd before ea. (as i�ve done).
To offer a different point of view - in theory, it's not mandatory to be a programmer and understand the technologies at a developmental level to become an architect.
The goals of the programming certs (SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, etc) is to show experience and knowledge of the APIs used for developing software with the technology. SCEA operates on a slightly different level, more on the basis of understanding what each piece of the technology pie does rather than how it does it or how to implement it.
All that being said, I think there is certainly something to be said for going through the process and understanding the contents of the exams such as SCBCD before attempting the SCEA exam, but I don't by any means think it's absolutely necessary, as there's not terribly much overlap between them.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
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Originally posted by Theodore Casser: To offer a different point of view - in theory, it's not mandatory to be a programmer and understand the technologies at a developmental level to become an architect.
this is correct for sure.
what i meant is the lessons (that I) learned while preparing for bcd help me with ea prep. i wont say it is necessary, even though detailed knowledge of, say the lifecycle of an ejb (and why it is that way) made me get a clearer picture of the underlying concepts and patterns, discussed in ea.
on the other hand, if your job is mostly communication, design and uml, bcd might render useless.
well, at least it is fun and wont hurt
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