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How up to date is SCEA

 
kenny lomax
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Hello,
I am thinking about taking this exam and have browsed through some of the recommended books. There is a lot of focus on J2EE with heavier EJB containers, and not lighter ones (see for example www.amazon.com/Expert-One-One-Development-without/dp/0764558315). This suggests to me that the exam could be seen by some employers perhaps to be a little dated. To take this exam I would have to invest many hours(!) and would like to know if this exam is still regarded as a valuable and up-to-date qualification to have, or would I be better off for example swatting up on the latest j2ee tools. In short how valuable have you found this exam to be?
Many thanks
Kenny
 
Theodore Casser
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The easy answer, as many others within this forum have said in other threads (which you would have found searching, by the by), is that it is not. Part I is still using J2EE 1.2 and has not yet been updated, nor do we know any time soon when that might occur.

That being said, you might bear in mind that the second part (the practical project) can use any Java EE release that's out in the marketplace, which lets you use Java EE 5 if you so choose. The fact that the first part is dated is not really something that I would worry so much about, as the certification is still by-and-large highly regarded, even if the first section could use some updating.
 
kenny lomax
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Thanks Theodore for that advice.
 
dinesh pande
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The value of the exam is an interesting question.

Are you referring to the value given by potential employers (OR) is it the value in terms of knowledge gained by you by taking the exam.

If one's worry is the prior one, the version does'nt matter. I have'nt seen even a single employer worried about which version of a particular exam you have taken (for example, if someone is looking for a SCJP, they never care whether you are SCJP 1.1 or 2 or 5 etc.,) and I guess it is no different for SCEA.

And if you are concerned about the value of the exam for an individual, you will have to ask several questions. Are you going to learn something by taking up the exam? if you are going to pass the exam with out any reading or stress to your brain, then I personally think there is absolutely no value for you. But if you are going to learn something, do some hard work and then pass the exam, the learning experience is the value.

Once again, I might have said the obvious thing, but should give clarity to anyone reading this in future, regarding the value of the exam.
 
kenny lomax
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Very good points!
Thanks
 
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