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Jan Cumps wrote:Hi, you can't jump to conclusions because something is not posted. Maybe this post did not draw the attention of someone who is pro?


I want to be proven wrong. That is why I am here. I want someone to prove that my impressions are incorrect. I want a Spring advocate to logically show that US students are not being gouged. I want a Spring advocate to demonstrate why Spring certification is worth the price of $2790. I want a Spring advocate to demonstrate that the costs for US students is identical to the cost for Indian students. But we all know that is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:You know what? Apples cost a lot more in the US than in India too. That pisses me off... And don't get me started on the price of mangoes..

As with everything else their pricing is done to maximize their profit in any given market. That's the price you pay for living in a free market economy. US developers are going to benefit a lot more from getting the same spring training as their Indian counterparts. US developers get to gain more, so VMware can charge more

Remember that VMware provides spring for free. Training is the only way they make money. They provide free learning tools on their website. You don't have to get that certification. They don't stop you from using spring if you don't get that certificate. However, if you do then, $3000 for certification is not that much considering that once you become a spring expert you get to earn that money back in couple of months.



Yeah, yeah, I did NOT start this thread to get a superficial lecture on capitalism. The cost of living and production costs in India may justify the reduced cost of apples in India, but your argument does not apply to online training and certifications where the production costs for online training and certification is identical for India and the US.

As far as turning certification for US workers into a profit center and asking US students to shoulder development costs and global training costs for the rest of the world, you obviously have a point. What other defense would VMware have for excessive certification charges. Do they want to discourage US workers from seeking certification? If that is their goal, the response of people in this thread would indicate that VMware is successful achieving that result.

Kathleen Angeles wrote:SpringSource has their scheduled upcoming courses worldwide in their website.

If the course is served by a third-party, and if it not in their website, I am sure that SpringSource will tell you which are the local agencies and their contact info. You can start at the Vmware SpringSource Certification Page.

For India, you might get lucky by googling for the course, and contact that course center.

In Singapore, the cost is the same.

-k

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Before coming to here, obviously I went to their website, plus I engaged in a chat session, plus I called their office. I received basically the same answer there as here. Of course, nobody there openly said that the price was out of proportion in the chat session. I was just speaking with clerical workers. I thought that here someone with more insight could justify VMware's pricing structure. Of course there is NO JUSTIFICATION.

Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Hmm Apples. I bet pies cost more in the US than in India too!

Seriously though, I think we all agree that the things cost different amounts in different locations and that's life. The alternative is to not take the class/test if you don't want to pay for it. I don't think there is anything more to discuss here.



Yep, clearly there is no one to step up and defend the integrity of VMware's certification process in this forum. Since the no one wants to take the position of defense, the topic is covered.

Obviously, I knew the answers to the questions before I asked them. Plus, I also agree with the opinion that taking this course in order to get trained/certified in Spring is foolish. The obvious option is to train yourself. Apparently nobody, especially future employers, takes the training/certification seriously.

I just thought I would give somebody in the forum a chance to support the legitimacy of the Spring training and certification. Nobody seems to be willing to do that. I would have hoped that at least one Spring advocate would have taken the plunge to defend VMware's integrity. My thanks to all of the contributors.

It would be nice to know the price of certification in India though. Certainly, VMware doesn't want to cough up that information.

Jaikiran Pai wrote:

Robert Heath wrote:I am still curious about the charge for these classes in India.


How about checking with VMWare?



I did. VMware denied that they have any role in setting prices for "partner" training sessions. Certainly VMware knows the prices for certifications in other countries, but they are not going to answer the questions about pricing in India. Those questions seem to be a very uncomfortable topic with the people at VMware.

Jaikiran Pai wrote:

Robert Heath wrote:I am still curious about the charge for these classes in India.


How about checking with VMWare?



I didn't miss your point at all. I understand it well. Your point is very clear. But the topic of this thread is about how to get the certification without paying the $2790. Unless you address that issue, it is you that misses the point.
Actually, I know several people who would like to be certified here in the US. The restricting factor for certification for them is the cost of the REQUIRED course. VMware is responsible for the requirement. If you don't pay VMware $2790, you don't take the course. If you don't take the course, you are NOT QUALIFIED to be certified here in the US. As I understand it, one of VMware's so-called "partners" offers the required courses in India.
I am still curious about the charge for these classes in India. It would be a shame if US STEM workers are penalized for having to be trained in the US.
Wow, thanks Ryan. I am going to give it a try.

Nam Ha Minh wrote:Oops! ~$3000 for that certification?



That is the price here in the US. I doubt that the students in Bangalore pay that kind of price. How could they?
I just had a chat session with the VMware people. In order to become Spring certified, you apparently have to take one of THEIR courses, which costs $2790. Does anyone know of an alternative? Do people in India pay those kind of prices?
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Keith,

Does your new book discuss the role of Sizzle in JQuery functionality?
I wonder if there would be a scheduler for Java to be in the JVM in addition to the scheduler for the native OS. Plus where do the concurrency primitives live for Java, in the JVM or the native OS? In C++ I would expect to see the only scheduler to be in the OS. But I really don't know.

Has anyone seen performance benchmarks to measure the time from suspending one process, because of concurrency primitives (like semaphores), and beginning the next process in C++ and Java.
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