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My next certification, suggestions wanted

 
Stephen Wei
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Hello all.
I am a SCJP 2, now I am looking at my next level of certification, and I need some suggestions from more experienced people.
My future goal is probably to work on Java/EJB/JSP/XML applications, on j2ee/j2se platform. So I wonder what certification path should I follow.
I am considering the Jcert, because I think it is more open, so I am looking for a good forum or link for Jcert certification, particulary IBM path. But I can not find one, can someone tell me some good links for preparing Jcert?
Meanwhile, I am hesitating about taking SCJD, because I find that the material covered is behind, there is not practical EJB, or Servlet/JSP involved, kind of lack confidence about its value...
Suggestions are wanted,thanks!
 
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I too plan on taking the SCEA exam, but would suggest that the SCJD is not without present day value. The truth is, a great deal of the development efforts out there involve skills tested and verified in the SCJD.
Of course, the SCEA skillset still commands a 6-figure salary, even in the current market. It'll take more than just the certification to secure those positions. Certs help, but experience still matters more.
I'm waiting for Mark Cade's new SCEA book to be published, and am working on the SCJD in the meantime.
 
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The best thing I can say about the Developer exam, is not the certification itself, but all the things you learn while you create your assignment. You learn things that can a shuld be applied to Servlets, JSP, and EJBs, and Architecting, that you won't find anywhere else, except through your own personal experience, and books(Which I find boring).
Mark
 
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Mark (or anybody that wants to respond),
You mentioned JSPs, servlets and other goodies. Can you use J2EE for the project or is it limited to J2SE things?
And while I'm on the topic, are you allowed to make use of 3rd party goodies like Apache Struts?
I looked at Sun's "Success Guide" but I couldn't tell.
Thanks for the assist,
Burk
 
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No you can't use J2EE in the developer assignment, and other tools, like struts.
Developer is only on J2SE.
Mark
 
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Okay, J2SE only and only code we write (i.e. no 3rd party libraries). Got it.
Thanks for the info!
Burk
 
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After completing SCJD, what is the next exam to take - SCEA or Architect exam. Which has good market value ?
 
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I thought SCEA and Architect where the same exam. Have you taken SCWCD, the JSP Servlet one? That's what I am taking this Saturday. I figured it would be a nice break between Developer and Architect assignemtns. Well, not quite, but ther isn't a huge API for this, and the toughest is learning the web.xml tags and Custom Tag libraries
Mark
 
Mathew Sam
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Mark,
When you clear web component developer exam, post herea also.
 
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