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is this cert very valuable?

 
John Raab
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Hello, last summer I got Java 2 programmer certified. I studied for a few weeks and got a 82% and was happy.
I'm wondering if I should go ahead and take this test next? Is it well regarded in the industry? I've heard some coworkers tell me its not really valuable compared to the developers exam.
thanks for any info
-John
 
Shashank Tanksali
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It all depends on what you want to pursue. If you are interested in J2SE stuff like writing applets, JFC applications etc, then SCJD is a much better choice. Also SCJD requires you to complete a programming assignment and take a follow up exam. On the other hand, SCWCD is more for server side Java, where Java is getting increasingly popular.
I think having the SCWCD does make your resume look good. If you put SCWCD on your resume, it tells your prospective employer that your knowledge has been tested and validated by an independent party. In my case, I have more than 2 years work experience with JSP/Servlets. However I am still planning to take the SCWCD some time soon. Even though taking a certification exam is a great way to learn new stuff, in my case I am taking the exam to get a stamp of approval from Sun. Once any interviewer sees that you are an SCWCD, at least he won't waste your time asking questions like "what is a deployment descriptor ?"
I hope that answers your question of whether it is really worth certifying.
Just my .02
Shashank
 
Swati Gupta
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Will the changes in java version from 2 to 4 will impact the SCWCD exam also?
 
Shashank Tanksali
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No, it will not affect the SCWCD.
The Java Programming language remains the same between 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4. All of them conform to the Java 2 Platform. The major changes between them relate to bug fixes, performance enhancements and of course new api inclusion.
SCWCD will change if there are new versions of JSP/Servlet specifications, the chances of which are almost nil at least in the foreseeable future.
-Shashank
 
John Raab
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Thanks, I think I will take it. It does some worthwhile to me. I had fun last year studying for the programmers exam. Perhaps I'll have fun again. ;-)
 
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