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Thinking about SCJD exam.

 
Sahir Shah
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Hi,
When I finished my SCJP I had no plans to do SCJD. But recently I have been thinking about it? I am really not interested in using the SCJD certification to increase my market value. If I do the SCJD will it teach me anything useful which can be used at work? I dont mean language skills, but generic design and development skills . I would appreciate some comments from people who have been preapring for the SCJD exam for some time (and also the ones who cleared the exam).
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Sahir
[This message has been edited by Sahir Shah (edited March 20, 2001).]
 
Sathvathsan Sampath
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Me too - I am looking for an answer for a similar question and wish someone would come up with an ans.
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Pete Pan
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Look at the sample questions at sun and see if they help answer your questions.
Originally posted by Sahir Shah:
Hi,
When I finished my SCJP I had no plans to do SCJD. But recently I have been thinking about it? I am really not interested in using the SCJD certification to increase my market value. If I do the SCJD will it teach me anything useful which can be used at work? I dont mean language skills, but generic design and development skills . I would appreciate some comments from people who have been preapring for the SCJD exam for some time (and also the ones who cleared the exam).
Rgds
Sahir
[This message has been edited by Sahir Shah (edited March 20, 2001).]

 
Sahir Shah
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Reading some sample questions from the sun website doesnt tell me anything.
I was looking for someone to come forward an say "yes, studying for the SCJD helped me to become more effective at my job."
 
Matt DeLacey
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I work for IBM and there's no question that studying has made
me a better Java programmer, and that can only translate into doing better in your job if you are in the I/T field. Do you have a profound understanding of RMI? Do you know most of the Design Patterns? Are you very comfortable with Swing and the Model View Control? Have you written much code where you had to put a great deal of thought into how to handle a large number and wide variety of exceptions? Have you ever done extensive documentation for your project? Have you ever created a policy file? Have you done a great deal of grappling with issues like whether to subclass a class or modify it if you have existing code....not just to answer a question on an exam but because it REALLY matters. These are the types of things you will become very adept at. No disrespect intended but I think you already have the wrong attitude. "What can this do for me?" It's a reasonable question, but I would guess that most people who are
successful at this are doing it because 1.) they enjoy it, 2.) to learn. If you truly wonder if you will learn anything from this certificationm then you must be amazingly knowledgeable and your valuable time could probably be better served elsewhere. It's a whole lot of fun though, and I have learned a tremendous amount, and to answer your question once and for all, without having even passed yet, I can say that it has unequivocally helped me do my job better.
Hope that helps.
With Respect,
Matt
 
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