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Hi guys,

I am working full time as a software developer, almost only with J2EE. I have about five years of Java and J2EE experience and am SCJP.
Since I think it might be a good idea to get some exams under my belt, I was planning on taking the SCBCD.

My question now is: what would you say is the avarage time it takes you to prepare if you can only squeeze out two or three hours a day in the evenings after work?

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Welcome to JavaRanch.

I'm curious: If you already have 5 years of real, actual experience with Java/J2EE, where does the need for certificates arise? Should't your resume be full of successful project you can point to?
 
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
Welcome to JavaRanch.

I'm curious: If you already have 5 years of real, actual experience with Java/J2EE, where does the need for certificates arise? Should't your resume be full of successful project you can point to?



If two compete for a particular job, both 5 yrs, resume full of successfull projects & only one guy with certifications; then whom do you choose for the job?
 
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then whom do you choose for the job?


After an interview it will hopefully be clear which one fits better into my organisation. Certificates have little relevance for experienced people in the job market I'd be looking at, and what's more, they only demonstrate certain technology skills. They can't make up for un unfavorable display of soft skills in an interview.
 
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For me that depends.

Just because a guy has 5 years experience doesn't mean he out weighs a certificate.

I am more of a conceptual guy - if you get the concepts you can apply them to any language or flavour of the day. If you can do one thing really well and don't get the concepts.... you are really good at one thing.
 
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You'll be amazed to find things you've never seen or used, even with 5 years of experience.
 
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Well, I'd be darned but Satou pretty much has a valid point going on there !!
[ July 05, 2006: Message edited by: ashwanth fernando ]
 
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Well you calculate, I am preparing for SCBCD in 8 days of time.
Everyday 10 hours of the book. So probably around 1 month -> 1 1/2 mths of your valuable time.
 
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