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Developer Certification for 1.4

 
Jeremy Day
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Does anyone know when Sun is planning to release the new Developer Certification assignment based on 1.4 to accompany the existing Programmer Certification for 1.4. I understand that beta test results were released a few months ago. Since then there have been no hints as to when the new Certification will be released.
At the moment Im thinking of doing the existing 1.2 assignment and not bothering to hang on for the new version. Does anybody know if there will be a certification upgrade path from Developer Certification 1.2 to 1.4 in the same way there is for the Programmer Certification. I already have SCJP 1.4 and SCWD certifications that I will have to upgrade or re-certify after 2 years. Is Sun proposing that people will have to re-certify as a developer every 2 years by completing another developer assignment against the latest version of Java.

Any insights would be appreciated.
 
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I asked as much of Sun Education some months ago and did not receive a specific reply. The material in the 1.2 assignment is plenty good. I *think* Sun is moving towards having certs be valid for 2 years. If so, do the 1.2 now and recert on 1.4 in 24 months.
Knowledge of threads and RMI transcends any differing versions of the assignment.
Max Habibi's book alludes to possible new content in a future 1.4 assignment: NIO, drag and drop, regex.
 
John Temp
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I used Max Habibi's book and read a great deal about the use of Java 1.4 on JavaRanch. I avoided using RegExp but did use Logger.
There is no problem using 1.4 and Max's advise on JavaRanch is invaluable.
It is worth searching for the many articles relating to the use of 1.4 in this forum.
 
Max Habibi
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Originally posted by John Temp:
I used Max Habibi's book and read a great deal about the use of Java 1.4 on JavaRanch. I avoided using RegExp but did use Logger.
There is no problem using 1.4 and Max's advise on JavaRanch is invaluable.
It is worth searching for the many articles relating to the use of 1.4 in this forum.


Hi John,
I'm glad the book was helpful. This is exactly the sort of feedback I was hoping the book would generate, so it means a lot to me that the book was useful.
Along the same lines, can you please tell me why you didn't use regex? I'm asking because regex in Java is the focus of my next book, and I'd like to know if the current implementation in Java is difficult to use, not documented well, etc? That is, why isn't a developer who's seasoned enough to pass the SCJP, the SCJD, and the Web exam, [b] not [/]using a tool like regex? There must be reason: if it were simpler to use it then not use it, then you would have. Used it, that is .
You are, I would think, the model for the sort of developer Sun was providing this tool for, and the sort of person I'm writing my next book for: thus, my natural interest.
All best,
M, author
The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4
[ March 15, 2003: Message edited by: Max Habibi ]
 
John Temp
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Hi Max
Regular expressions are not something that I am very comfortable with, my background is very much OO (eiffel & smalltalk at university and C++ & Java commercially).
I feel that regular expressions in Java are excellent as a transition point for web developers that have a perl, CGI background.
Regular expressions are without question a very powerful tool, however I do not expect to use them as a fundemental tool in my work. I am mainly concentrating on Java and XML, in particular my current favourite is data binding, with tools such as Castor, XMLBeans ans JAXB. I am finding that in my working environment I am creating systems that provide conduates for the moving of XML (across system boundaries, between tiers...).
Personally, I did the SCWCD certification in order to boost my JSP/Servlet knowledge as I am actually more familiar with middle tier design and development.
I'm sure that whatever the subject matter, your next book will excellent and many thanks to you for writing it. It helped to get a 149 point score.
[ March 15, 2003: Message edited by: John Temp ]
 
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