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