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New version of the exam?

 
Jiafan Zhou
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Anybody thinks the new version of the exam will come out soon?

Since the new Java EE 5 platform, introduced the next generation of the Java plateform has recently come out, there is no point of view to take an old version exam, isn't it?
 
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Ask yourself this question: "Who will maintain EJBs 2.0 apps?"

It's not always a matter of knowing the latest technology if no one uses it.

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There was a comment (I'd have to actually go digging to see where it was) to the effect that the new exams for Java EE 5 will be appearing sometime in the late 3Q06 timeframe. This would be about right, since it's normally about six months after the technologies are introduced, to allow some familiarity with them before the exams go into beta.

That being said, I have to agree with Marcelo - there's going to be certainly a period where there are apps that utilize the older versions rather than the newer ones, and there's going to be a benefit to knowing those versions prior to Java EE 5 becoming the norm. (I mean, hell, I still see classifieds looking for developers who know WebSphere 4.0...) I don't think the introduction of a new version invalidates the old ones...
 
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I can't agree more.

But what's the point of some of you smart guys re-take a new updated exam while they already had an old version certificate?

I kind of scaned through the exam objectives that EJB2.0 would be an standard here whereas I have been worked and been in touch with EJB3.0 for kind long amount of time. I cannot be convinced to take an old version exam only for the reason that it mandates you to know some old technologies.

Or meanwhile I do agree 100 percent that it is a good idea and approach to learn technology via studying the certificate exam and at least you won;t get lost..
 
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Originally posted by Jiafan Zhou:
But what's the point of some of you smart guys re-take a new updated exam while they already had an old version certificate?


In the case of my SCJP, I did it because I was well out of date technology-wise (I'd been last certified with J2SE 1.2 back in March 2001) and it seemed to make good sense for me to recertify, especially seeing that I don't have a degree. My update of the SCWCD was because a) they were having a decent sale on the vouchers, b) I wasn't (and still am not) quite ready to tackle SCBCD and c) everything else I was worried about was up to date.

Still, I'd say that it's probably good and useful still to get the current cert, even if a new one's coming out in the near-term (near-term being the next 12 months...).
 
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