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Can the SCJD help me develop practical OO Analysis & Design / SDLC skills?

 
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Hi All,

I write small programs at work to automate tasks and validate human data entry into a spatial database.

Unfortunately I'm a 1 man band.

I also have a bad habit of running programs in the debugger and not creating release versions that other staff
can run.

What I'd like to do is write more comprehensive programs ( even with manuals! ) with more consideration of OO A & D / SDLC.

Do you think the SCJD assignment can help me develop PRACTICAL skills around OO A & D and the SDLC? (I will of course buy some books to cover the theory).

I'm grateful for you feedback.

Cheers,

Andrew
 
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Howdy, Andrew. Welcome to JavaRanch!

Champion, one thing I can tell you is that I did improve my design skill after I became a Sun Certified Java Developer. It is an opportunity to do things your way and in your time. You'll have to research about topics that (in my opinion) are mandatory for any Java developer, such as RMI, concurrency, design patterns and so on. I really really recommend this certification. There's a friend of mine here in Brazil that used to participate a lot of this forum, he thinks that this certification is one step before the SCEA. And I do agree with him. So, in my opinion, yes can definitely improve your OO skills.

The book that we recommend is Andrew Monkhouse's SCJD Exam with J2SE 5, Second Edition. At any time, when you have a doubt, you may come to us and we will do our best to help you with your problem. Also, most of the doubts you will have have already been answered, so searching for your answer here is a good tip too.
 
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I was a win32 developer before entering scjd, probably having no big java experience.
After I started working on the sun interface, I read multiple books, worked out multiple options,
compared many alternatives, seen many design patterns, read this forum a lot, learned from the expert views.
And surely read Andrew's book a lot.
To summarize, I feel this indeed developed my design skills
 
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Thank you Bob and Naveen.


Cheers,

Andrew
 
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