I'm stuck up in a dilemma as to whether should I take up SCJP 1.4 or SCJP 1.5!
Can you please give some info about the advantages of becoming SCJP 1.5 given the fact that f/w's like Struts 2.0 etc are using JDK 5.0 and also lot of new topics are covered in the same(higher difficulty level)?
The thing is: I've just started preparing for SCJP and I plan to take that up in second week of July. I've some working experience in using JDK 1.4 and absolutely no exp using JDK 1.5.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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that are well worth getting to grips with as these are the biggest changes to the java language in years.
I think what everyone has suggested sounds good that 1.5 is new and latest so it should be the obvious choice,as i am also having same confusion, i want to know do companies prefer 1.4 or 1.5 as what i know of most companies are still working on 1.4 in INDIA.
please put some light on this thing in the perspective of companies prefrences in india.
Originally posted by nik arora:
Look scjp 1.5 is the latest one and has new features. If a company is working on scjp 1.4 would they hesitate to prefer a person who has done scjp 1.5. I dont think so. I prefer go for scjp 1.5
I'm going for the 1.4, though mostly because I'm lazy and I already have the books, otherwise I'd go for the 1.5.
I also don't think there is much of a difference in 1.4 and 1.5 that an employer would be wowed over. I'm not sure how many SCJPs there are, but I suspect in a pool of candidates competing for the same job, not many, and maybe even none, of them would have an SCJP, so the possibility of 1.4 candidate vs 1.5 seems slim to none. Just my $.02
my book was about scjp 1.4, and basically 90% of the mock exams I could find on the internet were (by then) about scjp 1.4.
My strategy was to work through a book, and then do as many mocks as reasonably possible, until the point my scores came standard above 90%. Then do the exam (my exam score was 93%, so the strategy worked).
I don't know if mocks on the net are more up to date one year later. I found that in everyday live I picked the 1.5 items up quick enough in every day working life. So I don't think the argument about "being up to date" is very strong, if most of the available study material is not up to date.
The deadline is looming, though, so I looked back at the 1.4.
Suddenly, I was almost finished. Everything in the 1.4 is what my company uses currently. I have direct experience with all of the topics covered. Now I'm passing the mock tests, and planning to schedule my first exam next week (the 31st), and working to fill in those last few gaps to improve my scores.
So, yes, the 1.4 is very viable. It is what most businesses (remember, they move slowly to upgrade) are using NOW, and will continue to use for some time. It is what IBM is selling and supporting, and many big corporations are just now starting to move to that level.
So it depends on your mileage: If you're starting from scratch, go for the 1.5, because it's all new either way. If you have working experience with 1.4-level systems, this will be the quicker path to a cert. Then you can upgrade to 1.5 later, if you ever feel the need.
Wish me luck on my exam!