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Re: [ljc] Introduction to Java Training Course

From: Wesley H.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 1:07 PM
+1 for me as well. 

I certainly suggest doing the SCJP for people that are new to the language (and as you guys mention, it is a great way to make sure you have fully covered any new language features). It's not the 'meal ticket' certification that the MCSE once was, but it does cover some obscure but important areas. I think the suggestion that it is 'just a revenue stream' is a bit cynical. 

On 16 May 2012, at 12:45, Gareth Western wrote:

+1! :)

I'm in the process of doing it for the 2nd time. I took the SCJP for Java 5 exam a few years ago, and now doing it again for Java 6 just to freshen up and to help a few others at work who come from a more database-oriented background and are taking the exam for the first time. I aim to take the Java 7 exam next year (once it's finalised), so hopefully this will serve as some preparation for that as well (SCJP/OCP for Java 5/6 is a pre-requisite for OCP Java 7, isn't it?).

On 16/05/12 13:37, John Summers wrote:
Hi all,

Shout-out for all those who like the SCJP?

I do. I've done it twice with different versions and plan to do it again! It's a great way to go back over the basics and learn them to a reasonable level. You actually have to know what you are doing to some extent to pass it; assuming you don't buy a TestKing paper and cheat. If you approach it seriously and put a few months of part-time study in then you can gain a lot from it but with a nice syllabus and conclusion; unlike just reading the books on your own.

Certifications can make a difference when not much else differentiates CVs. Certainly at the entry-level Java certs are a great idea to set yourself apart from the mass of other graduates. Although I, like Neale, have never personally been asked about my certs I have worked for 2 companies where we told the agency "Java certs are a big plus".


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