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Microsoft
Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
Java

Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform

Oracle

Oracle 9i PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (OCP)

 

Microsoft

 

Microsoft owns the market for PCs. Developers can't afford to ignore Microsoft products.

Microsoft developers have a choice of earning two different credentials to validate Microsoft .NET knowledge and skills: 

Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD).

 

 

Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)

The Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) is Microsoft's base-level developer certification. "MCADs use Microsoft technologies to develop and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services".

 

Unlike MCSD, MCAD doesn't define solutions or create specifications for customers or design the system software architecture. MCAD focus is writing code for specific functions or components of an application.

Getting the MCAD credential is a step towards earning the MCSD credential for those who want more advancement in Microsoft software development.

 

To achieve MCAD, you must pass three exams, including two core exams and an elective.

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Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)

The Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for Microsoft .NET credential is the "top-level certification for advanced developers who design and develop leading-edge enterprise solutions, using Microsoft development tools and technologies as well as the Microsoft .NET".

The MCSD credential is one of the most widely recognized certifications for developers in the industry. MCSD stresses not just programming and development skills, but also enterprise-level software architecture, design and maintenance skills for distributed, enterprise-level applications and services. MCSD defines solutions, create specifications for customers and design the system software architecture.

 

Achieving the MCSD requires passing five exams, including four core exams and an elective. Every exam towards the MCAD also counts for the MCSD

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Java

Java is a major product of Sun Microsystems. Java is regarded as the ideal environment for network computing because it runs across all platforms - "from servers to cell phones to smart cards" - network-based, web-based.

This platform independence has made Java programmers one of the most sought-after technology specialists.

 

"Java Programmers must utilize various features of Java, including language fundamentals, object-oriented design principles, execution threads and Java packages".

Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform

Sun's Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform 1.4 is the most widely recognized certification for Java programmers.

SCJP is for "programmers interested in demonstrating proficiency in the fundamentals of the Java programming language using the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE technology)."

Obtaining Sun's Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform 1.4 requires passing one exam, CX-310-035. It has no prerequisites. It deals with Basic language features such as access specifiers, operators, and other keywords. It also covers threads and multithreading strategies, as well as user-interface design with layout managers. Also, if you already hold this certification for a version prior to 1.4, there is a one-exam upgrade, CX-310-036.

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Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform

Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform Sun's second-level certification for Java is designed for Java developers. It is available for Java 2 platform. The Developer Exam, is a more free-form exercise in which programmers write custom code, based on a specification from Sun. It requires you to be able to build custom client/server software, and how to use Remote Method Invocation (RMI) and other advanced
techniques.

Java Developer certification requires Programmer certification as a prerequisite.

Step 1 - Sun Certified Developer for Java 2 Platform, Programming
Assignment (CX-310-252A)
http://suned.sun.com/US/catalog/courses/CX-310-252A.html

Step 2 - Sun Certified Developer for Java 2 Platform, Essay Exam
(CX-310-027)
http://suned.sun.com/US/catalog/courses/CX-310-027.html

 

Oracle

 

In the database field, Oracle is the recognized market leader. This creates a need for Oracle Database Administrators as well as Application Developers. This page contains information on Oracle Application Developers. Oracle Application Developers develop applications on Oracle. This requires sound understanding and grasp of SQL, PL/SQL, and the ability to develop Internet applications using Form Builder and Report Builder.

Oracle9i PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (OCP)

For individuals who develop applications using Oracle9i.

You must first achieve the Associate certification on this track. You must pass one additional exam: Exam #1Z1-141 Oracle9i Forms Developer: Build Internet Applications.

http://www.oracle.com/education/certification/index.html?appdev9i_ocp.html

 

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