Questions about getting specific certificate of proficiency in a particular programming language or software package.

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Which certification is the best for PHP? [closed]

What are the best PHP certifications according to the market requirements? Actually, I want to get the PHP certification which has the greatest demand. Also, I want to know more about the future of ...
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Anyone who has taken 70-515 TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 exam? [closed]

I'm planning to take 70-515 exam and I can't find any training kit for it from MS press at the moment. Therefore, I'm reading the book for 70-562 which covers framework 3.5. I would like to know if ...
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How relevant are Brainbench scores when evaluating candidates?

I've seen many companies using certification services such as Brainbench when evaluating candidates. Most times they use it as a secondary screen prior to interview or as a validation to choose ...
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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Selection Criteria[SO?]

How are Microsoft's MVPs selected? I read somewhere that most of the professionals are selected on the basis of the usenet(other communities) performance. Is is true for SO as well. Can someone be ...
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Can Software Engineers become certified Professional Engineers (PE)?

Does anyone know if a Software Engineer can become a certified Professional Engineer or PE for short? I know that my buddies who are Mechanical, Electrical, or Civil Engineers were able to become PEs ...
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What's your advice for getting Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer certificate?

I intend to get the certification but am not completely sure how to effectively prepare myself. So I'm wondering if you have any advice on the matter; in particular I would like to know: What should ...
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What are the differences among the .NET certification exams? [closed]

I am a .NET developer using WPF and ASP.NET MVC and I was hoping to pass some kind of certification exam. There seems to be four exams but I am unable to understand what the differences are even ...
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Are Java certifications important for an architect role?

My this question is career path related. I want to know how much Java Certifications (SCJP, SCWCD and others) are important for an architect position. If a person posses a good experience in Java ...
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Are certifications through O'Reilly worthwhile? [closed]

Other than being able to put "I know Python" on a resume, are the certifications from O'Reilly School of Technology (they are issued by the University of Illinois) any good for obtaining employment? ...
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Is there such a thing as a .NET developer curriculum?

One of the constructs I miss from academia is a curriculum for what must be covered in order to get a degree in computer science. I started with a .NET shop almost three years ago without having any ...
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Are there tangible benefits to being a Microsoft MVP?

I have several certifications, MCPD, MCTS, MCAD, etc and I've learned that MVP is an award (just a title), not a certification. So if I wanted to get one of these, I'd have to spend valuable time on ...
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What needs to change for Software Engineering to become a formal profession?

Unlike other professions (such as Accounting, Law, Medicine, etc.), there is no profession-wide certification for Software Engineering. I am well aware of the multitude of technology and methodology ...
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Has anyone done CSDP certification? [closed]

I was looking at some certifications that can potentially enhance my knowledge and market value as a Software Engineer. IEEE's Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) caught my attention. ...
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Is there any real benefit to Microsoft's application certification programs?

I'm developing a server application and am looking at Windows 2008 R2 application certification located here. Does application certification really make a difference to your application? Has ...
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Can programmer certifications substitute for degree requirements [closed]

I am a Computer Technician without a computer science background and planning to become a Java programmer. My question is, if I pass a Java certification, would that be enough to for me to get a job ...
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Thoughts on Agile / Scrum Certifications - Worth it? [duplicate]

For those involved with the Agile community (either as developers or management) you've all probably heard about the Certified ScrumMaster designation as well as Certified Product Owner, and Certified ...
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Is an SEI certificate worth anything? [duplicate]

I'm talking about SEI Software Architecture Professional Certificate. I've been web developing for 3 years and I'd like to move into Software Architecture. My work will probably pay the fees for ...
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Why isn't reflection on the SCJP / OCJP?

I read through Kathy Sierra's SCJP study guide and I will read it again more throughly to improve myself as a Java programmer and be able to take the certification either Java 6 or wait for the Java 7 ...
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Would a programming certificate teach me anything? [duplicate]

I'm 16-years old, and due to being placed in accelerated programs during my whole academic career, I just finished high school over the holiday season. For the past year or so I've been teaching ...
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Testing Git competence

I hire a lot of programmers for tiny tasks. I very clearly specify that the tasks can only be completed by making a pull request on GitHub. Unfortunatelly, so many programmers do not know Git and ...
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What's the difference between Microsoft's MCSD and MCPD certications?

I am looking on the website but the difference between the two isn't explained. To complicate matters a Google search tells me that developers should focus on the MCPD qualifications but an ...
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Importance of certifications for Java programmer without BS degree?

I've read some posts here and other places about how a lot of people don't put much value in certifications but I am beginning to think it may be necessary for me at this point to be able to move to a ...
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New college grad, psychology major, wants to code professionally. Should I get Sun Java-certified? [closed]

I just graduated from a fairly well-known liberal arts college in May. Interestingly, I majored in psychology, with a concentration in social psychology. In college I took Intro to Computer Science ...
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How difficult did you find the Java Certification Exam [closed]

I'm just starting out as a Java programmer and have very minimal experience. I would like to improve my knowledge and study for the Java certification. I realize everyone will have a different ...
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Is chartership important for software engineers?

I'm based in the UK and have been developing software for over 10 years so think I am a reasonable way through my career. On and off in various jobs I have had I have been members of various ...
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Are certification courses worth it? [duplicate]

I'm planning on getting certification in Database Development for SQL Server (MSTC - 70-433). I'm a junior level report writer at a new job and the company is offering to pay the majority, if not all, ...
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Is there a recommended order to take the Oracle Java EE certification exams?

I recently passed the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 Programmer examination. Now, my boss would like me to take "the next step" to broaden my competence. I tried to explain that there is no ...
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Job prospects for open source project experience [closed]

I would like to know whether work experience in Open Source Projects will really brightens the job prospects/resume of a developer other than their day time programming job or doing certifications are ...
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what kind of certificate needed for my application ?

I am releasing free C# softwares I've created using Visual Studio. In the future, some of these softwares might become Paid. I was wondering if I need to purchase any kind of license for them ? I ...
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iOS Development Certifications [closed]

Are there any iOS Development Certifications online? offline?
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To go for scjp 6(now ocp jp 6) or oca jp 7? [closed]

I have been preparing for scjp 6 since 2 weeks. Now I came to know about the OCA JP 7 and OCP JP 7 exams. Should I start preparing for OCA JP 7 or go ahead with OCP JP 6(formaly scjp 6)? Also I am ...
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Correct path towards a Microsoft certification?

So here's my situation - Currently in college and confident, that i want to pursue a career in Microsoft technologies (.NET development more specific). I haven't got any real world experience (as in ...
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What differences can I expect on the Java 6 Exam compared to the Java 5 Exam?

I am taking a Java class that teaches based on a Java 5 book and the prof. says that if we get the Java certification then we instantly pass the class, sounds like a deal. My question is, since I want ...
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Are there any online certificate/degree programs focused on Information Retrieval or Language Processing? [closed]

I'm a software engineer looking to try something different in my career and get into search indexes, information Retrieval or Natural Language Processing applications and systems. Where can I learn ...
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Role of Microsoft certifications ADO.Net, ASP.Net, WPF, WCF and Career?

I am a Microsoft fan and .Net enthusiast. I want to align my career in the lines of current and future .Net technologies. I have an MCTS in ASP.Net 3.5. The question is about the continuation of ...
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Java certification - Should I upgrade?

I have Java 1.2 certification which I completed in 2002. Now I have 10 years of Java experience and I tried to catch up with all Java 5/6 new features but at times I am lost in some of the new things ...
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Changing my Sun SCJP certification to an Oracle one?

I hold a Sun SCJP from ten years ago or so. At first it was supposed to be a temporary certification (valid for a few years, I don't remember exactly: all I remember is that I had an expiration date ...
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Is ICCP certification valuable for a programming career? [closed]

In looking at various professional societies the AITP lead me indirectly to the ICCP Certified Computer Programmer certification (and others from the ICCP). I had never heard of this program, but ...
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What is the value of the Cloudera Hadoop Certification for people new to the IT industry? [closed]

I am a software developer with 8 months of experience in the IT industry, currently working on the development of tools for BIG DATA analytics. I have learned Hadoop basics on my own and I am pretty ...
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Are certification test engines really what they claim?

I am studying for my MCPD certification from microsoft. There are plenty of resources for these certs. However I had someone reccomend CertMagic recently. With a little research I quickly discovered ...
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Do hardcopy certificates matter?

I'm asking this question because Oracle has decided not to give hardcopy certificates for all Sun certifications Is this good or bad? and does any employer ask for the certificate itself?
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ISO 27001 Compliance Documentation [closed]

I am looking for some example documentation for compliance with ISO 27001 (formerly BS 7799) with specific details on Information Security and Data Protection. Are there any sample templates ...
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Java Certified Programmers: Was there anything in particular that caught you off guard on the Certification Exam?

I am about to take the Java 6 SE Certification Exam on Thursday. Just wondering if any of you found anything unexpected on these exams or things you wished you had paid more attention on. Any general ...
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PMP certificate. How did you achieve it? How was the preparation? [closed]

Getting a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification can be rigorous. Did you attempt it? How was your preparation process? Was there any hiccups filling out PMP project experience details? ...
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Differences between Software Quality certification levels?

First off, thanks for reading the question. I understand that this would theoretically be best asked in the SQA stack area - but - seeing as how that doesn't officially exist yet, maybe this was the ...
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Certifications needed to get an interview with no experience and no degree. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are certifications worth it? Given that I have no commercial experience to speak of -- and no undergraduate degree -- how can I best demonstrate my programming ability ...
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Should I focus on getting certified? [duplicate]

I am a graduate in computing and I am on the job hunt at the moment. So I now have an MSc and a Bsc qualification in applied computing. People have been saying get a professional qualification right ...
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Windows driver signing

My company is developing driver for our hardware. Now I need to sign my driver for 32 and 64 bit platforms. Please tell, now I need to buy Authenticode certificate, right? What CA to use? DigiCert? ...
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study materials for Mysql certification? [closed]

I'm preparing for MySQL certification, nowadays officially titled: Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Developer certification After looking through MySQL forum it looks like most people ...
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What are practitioner's thoughts of the IEEE software engineering certifications? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Has anyone done CSDP certification? The value of certifications notwithstanding, I'd like to know what you know or think about the certifications offered by the IEEE. ...