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What next after SCJP2 ? SCJD ? SCEA ?

 
Bharatesh H Kakamari
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What should one do after SCJP2 ? Whether SCJD or SCEA ? Many of the reviews I have read is SCJP and SCJA are the path to SCJD. That is because SCJA didnot (?) have EJB project / Essay questions. May be these were the views of the experts before the syllabus change for SCEA. It now includes vast topics of J2EE JSP, Servlets, EJB, UML, JDBC, JNDI, Name Spaces etc. If a person has to learn one / two topics is fine. But if one has to learn all of these from scratch then I feel the preferable path is SCJP->SCJD->SCEA. What do the experts feel ? Maha Anna, Ajith, Rosanne Zhang and all other experts please provide your views on this ? Any help appreciated.

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Bharatesh H Kakamari
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Sorry I left Marcus Green from the list.
 
Ajith Kallambella
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It depends entirely on what you want to do.
With SCJD, you can end up as a Java developer. If you're already one, the certification will supplement your credentials with some weightage of being examined by Sun.
A big drawback of SCJD is that it doesnot makeuse of J2EE concepts. If you look at the direction industry is heading, it is all J2EE. EJB, Servlets, XML and related stuff are always on the "most wanted skills" list and unfortunately SCJD will not help you get there. Also, if you already have several number of years of experience in the IT industry and know a couple of OO languages, the SCJEA certification will help you better than the SCJD because it qualifies you to compete for senior Java positions.
I am not undermining the value of SCJD. I am just trying to say it may not be a good option for everyone. SCJP is the mandatory step, but after that each person should use his current skills ,experience and career goals to decide which one to go for next - SCJD or SCJEA.

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Bharatesh H Kakamari
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Thanks Ajith for your valuable inputs.
I will chart down a few more points.
Doing SCJD is an easier task as of now. As I am thorogh in core Java concepts. And also I can gain more confidence by doing a project/test in known concepts. I have done two Java projects (one comprised of only until design phase and one only maintenance / bug fixes). Hence I have not done a full fledged Java project. So doing SCJD is advantanges. Yes as you said the biggest disadvantage is it doesnot make use of J2ee. And SCEA would be a better deal. But this can also be done after SCJD.
Doing SCEA has advantages, advantages and advantages. But the biggest disadvantage is I do not know any technologies as EJB, Servlets, XML, JSP, ASP and so on. Hence I need to learn all of these in the spare time after Office. And learning these may take considerable time.
Ajith, keeping these points in mind, what would you feel is the best direction - SCJD ? SCEA ?
Hoping to receive reply. Thanks

 
Ajith Kallambella
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Well, given your situation, I guess doing SCJD will get you a full-fledged Java project under your belt. Go for it!!!
 
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