I would really appreciate any suggestion in deciding which version of the SCJP exam to take 1.4 or 5.0.I am new to java, working on it from the last three months, and have some previous exposure to programming in C++. I am currently a stay-at-home mom which means that I only get to spend 2 or 3 hours each day on Java. But I am taking small steps at a time and making progress each day! I want to get this certification for two reasons: to boost my confidence and to get back into the job market. In my short research I found that 5.0 is a difficult exam and so inclined towards 1.4. Any advice please? Thanks, preeti
It's true that the 1.5 exam is a little more difficult than the 1.4 exam, but the 5.0 version has many significant new features that are very useful. Since you're starting out, I recommend the 5.0 exam. In the long run, it will be better to learn the 5.0 features now, instead of learning the 1.4 version and then catching up.
"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer sscce.org
I also would suggest the same as marc told. As i was also in the impression of "not getting into the updated version" until required. But down the line when you think, you would definitely be insisted to be up-to-date with the technology. By keeping that in mind, its definitely suggested to go for the improved version, 1.5!
I am new to java, working on it from the last three months
Honestly, in your case it would take pretty long time to grasp 1.4 concepts and 1.5 as well. If you are thinking of getting into job market pretty soon ,as in 1-2 months, I will suggest SCJP 1.4. However if you got quite a time to prepare, then you can work for SCJP 1.5.
Other thing is that once you get 1.4 certified, you can easily take 1.5 upgrade exam ,providing you a good learning curve time as well.
hey hey, wait I have heard that there are not many resources available for tiger certification.. mock tests ,,, study material, notes for preparing tiger exam are not as much as there are for java 1.4 exam... why is nobody taking that into consideration