Linked by David Adams on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 04:40 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Java Later this year, Oracle will begin requiring people interested in gaining Java and Solaris certifications to attend "hands-on" training courses, at an additional cost of thousands of dollars. The new rule goes into effect Aug. 1 and regards Java Architect, Java Developer, Solaris System Administrator and Solaris Security Administrator certification paths, according to a notice on Oracle's website.
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If you need certification ...
by JeffS on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 23:23 UTC
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... just go with BrainBench.

All of their exams are online, some are free, and the paid ones are relatively inexpensive.

And recruiters and HR people actually reference them.

Now certainly these exams aren't as hard as the "official" exams, and you use whatever materials you want while taking the exam. So these exams don't garner as much respect.

But exams in general really don't prove much, other than the ability to cram, and general test taking skills. And the idea is to show your ability as a programmer, or DBA, sys admin, or whatever. But passing an exam shows nothing of the sort. It shows your ability to cram and memorize, practice, and your ability to take exams.

The questionable value of exams is especially true with software development. Software development is both a science and an art, and skills required are creativity, logic, and problem solving, none of which are really tested while taking an exam. Programming is much more than just rote memorization.

[soapbox]But unfortunately our education system is moving more in this brain dead direction, with the "no child left behind" testing obsessed nonsense.[/soapbox]

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Flatland_Spider Member since:

"Anyone one can get a bachelor's."
"Anyone can get a certification."

Like anything, what you get out of it is equal to what you put into it. If you actually want to learn something, you'll learn something.

I like certifications. They give me goals, show me where my gaps are, and they are a great way to get into a technology by giving me a baseline of knowledge.

Yes, there are assholes who just cram to pass, but there are people who use them as learning tools to measure themselves.

Programmers should probably go through something like astronaut training or boot camp.
"Bubble sort algorithm in C, now!"
"Yes, sir!"

"You're loops aren't tight enough, push!" ;)

Edited 2011-03-04 14:41 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:

Programming is much more than just rote memorization.

Wow, just like so many other jobs.

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