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Experience needed for SCMAD?

 
Jerome Gordon
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I passed the Java programmer certification 2 years ago but I have not really done any major programming since, I was wondering if I could just take the SCMAD(and pass it) without doing a few months of intensive programming i.e. can I just study and take the exam or is something moreextensive needed?
 
Theodore Casser
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I think you probably could do it with some extensive studying, but I'd more recommend picking up the tools and playing with it to gain some familiarity. (Though, if you've not programmed in a few years, is that worth the effort? )
 
Jerome Gordon
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I stopped programming because I went back to school fulltime to do a Management degree...I still write some code every now and then but nothing too rigorous but I still wish to keep current so I figured J2ME was the way to go and being certified can't hurt
 
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That would explain it, yeah.

But as I said, you probably could do it with extensive studying. I think there's still a need to play with the code and try to figure things out through play rather than counting on book-learning to be sufficient on its own. (There's a secondary reason of course - at some point, a certification's only good if you can apply the skills...)
 
Jerome Gordon
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Yeah you are probably correct, so I'll probably try to find an intresting project and play around a liitle and try the exam next year.

thanks for listening.
 
Ko Ko Naing
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As for my suggestion in this case is to try to review the fundamentals of Java again, taking about two or three days... After you refreshed most of the things that you've done in your SCJP 1.2, then go ahead for SCMAD...

IMO, going for a certification means learning something new intensively... Whenever I needs to learn new things, I go for a cert in that area... It means like shooting two birds with only one shot...

Don't be afraid for the experience... I do believe that hand-on experience in J2ME helps a lot in going for SCMAD, but if you don't have, just invest some more time for the experience that you are lack of....
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Gernallly, experiences do help!!!

If you have some hand-on experiences, you will find you can catch up the concepts more easily. Of course, study is study, you can pass the exam with 100% without writing a single line of J2ME code. But then, when you take up J2ME jobs, you may even dont know how to start working on it.

Thus, you may try to find a book, like Wireless Java, to start with, and download the J2ME pack to play around with it.

Nick
 
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