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I'm one of those hapless developers that has spent a mindless amount of years in mainframe-related development and am trying to re-direct my career in Java and J2EE.
So far I managed to pass the SCJP2 exam quite well, but I'm wondering where to go from here. It's all late-night self-study stuff in my part of the world, so what would you recommend as the next logical step for me to focus on, or which certification to work towards? (XML? Developer certification? etc...)
I'd appreciate any advice anyone can give me
Thanks a mil
Mark.
[ August 06, 2002: Message edited by: mark howard ]
 
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Hi Mark,
Well, I'm in the same boat (self-study) and after passing the Programmer's cerification I went after the Developer's which I just got the results on last week. It really strengthened my Java knowledge and I feel like I could work successfully on any Java project now. There is a lot of work involved in it though, so you may want to go for Web Component Developer or something else first.
Hope this helps,
Michael Morris
 
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Thanks for the info, Michael.
I guess the Developer Exam is probably the next logical step. Do you mind my asking how you prepared yourself for the exam? I have the RHE Complete Certification Guide from my SCJP2 exam, but never ventured to look at the Developer Certification half of the book (too scary). And in your capacity as self-studier, how long did it take you from start to end?
Cheers
Mark.
 
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Some people are conisdering graduate studies as an option...
 
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Congratulations on passing the exam!!

To tell you the truth I spend almost half my time on legacy Mainframe stuff also - so I know how it feels. All late night self-study for me too! I do JavaRanch just to keep myself motivated towards learning new things.

It really depends on where you are directing your career. If you are headed towards working on stand-alone applications - potentially NOT web based then by all means the Developer Cert is for you. If you think that you would be working more towards J2EE applications with Servlets and JSP then the Web component Developer should come first. Only you can guess this. Both paths have a lot to offer. SCJD is more widely KNOWN.

For instance the app that I work java on has a Corba interface and the server stuff is in C++, so concentrating on J2EE is not really helpful for me (not that I have had a lot of time to work on the Developer stuff either :roll: ). On the other hand J2EE is the most widely used architecture for Web development out in the market today.

Not much help - but then it is a very individual decision.

Best of Luck either way.
 
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Hi Mark,
I read through RHE Developer's section twice and then camped out on the Developer's forum here at JavaRanch for a coulpe of months and finally got underway in early April. You should also pick up a copy of Design Patterns by Gamma, et. al. as this will be of great benefit in the Developer's assignment.
Hope this helps,
Michael Morris
 
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Thanks for the advice, folks.
I'm going to go with the SCWCD for now as I know very little about JSP and Servlets.
Or maybe I should just become a farmer...
Cheers and good luck in your own pursuits
Mark.
 
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