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Beginning the journey towards Architect Certification

 
Matt Friedman
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Hi, I'm new here but you guys seem nice so here goes!

I have a bit more than 10 years experience in Linux, Java, and PHP among others. I've designed and built various web sites and business applications including at least one large scale Java enterprise application.

At this time, I have the opportunity to work towards some certifications or take some courses. I have none at the moment and would like to fill a gap in my resume when it comes to professional development.

I have some basic questions:

- Assuming I'm working on the certifications full time how long would it take to complete the SCEA certification?
- Same question for: SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCDJWS
- What benefits, that you would not have otherwise enjoyed, have accrued to those of your that have completed the SCEA certification ?
- What alternatives to Java Certifications might you recommend keeping in mind the goals I've mentioned above?
- For employers looking for experience with proprietary servers (such as WebSphere) how helpful is the SCEA?

Any responses will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Matt

 
prathap venkata naga yelugula
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Hi Matt,
First of all welcome to Java Ranch. You are in right track by joining in this forum.
Though there is no need of prerequisites for SCEA, But you need to swim in Java Technology in a modest way.
for that you have to start core area like SCJP with latest version. then you can know where you are and what
needs required to fulfill competency in SCEA. keen observation of this forum is very useful.
you told that you have 10 years of work Exp , but...your participation in various life cycle
development in the area of JAVA impacts the architect career.
try to interact the required threads(SCJP,SCWCD etc) in this forum then you can get opinions from
masters in various areas.

Cheers!
Prathap.
SC[JP,WCD,BCD,EA-1]
 
J J Wright
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For SCEA, if you have a good understanding of the basics (i.e. the stuff covered by SCJP), then the question is how much exposure have you had to the APIs that make up the Java EE stack

Do you have a solid understanding of design patterns and OOA/D in general?

What's your level of experience/knowledge when it comes to deployment topologies, clustering, virtualisation, caching, server types, etc?

If you're competent with most of the above you should be OK. With regards to how long it'll take, well, that's a virtually impossible question answer accurately. Look at the objectives for part 1 and guesstimate. As for the assignment, if you've no prior experience working at an architectural level I think Sun's figure of 40 hours is a woeful underestimation. Don't forget you also need to be more than competent with the UML. Specifically class, sequence, component, and deployment diagrams.
 
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