Hi, I recently registered in this group. I have been following the threads and all are very useful. I have had experience of 4 years working in Java/J2ee and then presently for the past couple of years not into it. I would like to jump back to Java IT field starting off with a certification. Please help me decide which is the better version - 1.4 or 1.5 of SCJP to start off....
I myself am going to take SCJP 5.0 at the end of August and struggling for it during this summer. I'm not sure if two months' effort is enough, especially for an inexperienced student like me, to pass such a brand new exam with very few related prepraration resources at hand.
However, I have decided to try my luck! I think it is more worthwhile studying for a certificate concerning the most up-to-date technolgoy and no extra exam (money) for upgrade is neccessary in the next couples of years. I suppose I will be able to put words like "I'm a fast learner who is always ready to learn the new stuffs" into my CV. And I believe this is one of the most important characterstics that a software engineer should have.
BTW,I was told that SCJP1.4 (maybe SCJP1.2, I'm not sure) will retire in the next few months.
Good luck to everyone! [ July 19, 2005: Message edited by: Wensheng Li ]
The book that Amin suggested is wonderful. It helped me pass the 1.4 several months ago. What I would suggest for you is that you use that to cover the 1.4 material, and then study the new topics on your own. I think there are only a few changes from the 1.4 to the 5 exam, and in a few more months a 1.4 certification won't be worth much in the way of getting a job.
I suggest taking 1.4 if you're ready, then move on to a higher certification. Don't worry about coming back and upgrading to a 1.5 cert. (Unless your boss requires it, is willing to pay for it, and let you study on his time, I see no point in updating a lower-level certification.)
If you're not ready, you may want to prepare for 1.5.
Give a man a fish, he'll eat for one day. Teach a man to fish, he'll drink all your beer.
Cheers, Jeff (SCJP 1.4 all those years ago...)