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

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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? [closed]

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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What's your advice for getting Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer certificate? [closed]

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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Can Software Engineers become certified Professional Engineers (PE)? [closed]

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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Are Java certifications important for an architect role? [closed]

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 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 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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Is chartership important for software engineers? [closed]

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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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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Is there a recommended order to take the Oracle Java EE certification exams? [closed]

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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iOS Development Certifications [closed]

Are there any iOS Development Certifications online? offline?
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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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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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Importance of certifications for Java programmer without BS degree? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Changing my Sun SCJP certification to an Oracle one? [closed]

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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Certifications for software development companies - CMMI, ISO etc [closed]

What are the certifications that software development companies usually get? One example would be CMMI, or ISO 9000. What other certifications are out there for software development companies, and how ...
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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. ...
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What is the difference between CSDA and CSDP?

This question is in reference to the IEEE's CSDA and CSDP certifications. I've already taken the CSDA course, which covered all of the knowledge areas in the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge ...
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Would licensing software engineers increase skill and salary levels? [duplicate]

When I apply for jobs I have to compete with too many other software engineers who have little or no skill and dilute the candidate pool. I feel it devalues our profession and ultimately pushes down ...
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Test bed application for executing LinQ queries against AdventureWorks [closed]

I am looking for a "test bed" application which will help me to learn Linq by writing queries and immediately executing them against the AdventureWorks database. Why AdventureWorks? Because it is a ...
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What's the *ISTQB* and are they trustable?

I heard that my co-worker want to get ISTQB certification. But I heard it first time. So it's hard to trust it. In fact I can't understanding the concept of qualification for testing software. What ...
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Zend PHP 5.3 certification [closed]

I'm planning to give the Zend PHP 5.3 certification. Any suggestions on how to prepare for it? Also, what kind of questions can I expect? Can anyone remember what they were asked?
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Should I get a service-oriented architecture certification? [closed]

In my place of work, we have a number of applications that seem to interact in a rather ad-hoc, haphazard way, and I feel I need to understand system integration better. I'm currently deciding ...
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Setting Up A Study Group [closed]

Has anyone had experiences before in setting up a study group to empower individuals (employees) work towards a certification while still working. There are plenty of google hits out there on this ...
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How many questions are on the 70-511 exam? [closed]

I'm preparing to take the Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 exam, but I'm not sure how many questions are on it. I know the exam should only take 90 minutes or so, but ...
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Is the MSDN sufficient for taking MCPD exams? [closed]

I've been approved by management to begin taking the MCPD exams (re-imbursed by them). I've been developing in .NET since 1.1, but just to make sure I'll be going through the training kits so that I ...
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Free/low-cost online resources to study for certifications [closed]

So I am interested in working towards are few specific certs. Namely Oracle 11g, MySQL, and Java. I know there are tons of books out there, and I do plan to hit up my local library on these subjects ...
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How valuable are master level language certifications like C++ grandmaster? [duplicate]

My understanding of standard programming/computer certifications is that they show you have some core competency about a specific language or technology. There seems to be a little room for variation ...
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How to Pick Which MCPD Certification is Appropriate [closed]

I've been developing on multiple platforms for years, including Java, PHP, Flash/Flex, ASP.NET (including MVC), Ruby on Rails, and many others. I've decided (for various reasons) that it's time to ...
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Why should you get MCTS certified? [closed]

I just found out about MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist). But why should you become certified? Why not just study the stuff, and don't take the exam. It saves you a few bucks and you ...
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What are other certifications beside cisco and Microsoft , which put some weight in resume [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are certifications worth it? I want to know which are those certifications which can help in increasing job chnaces more. Although experience is more important than ...
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Where can I find unbiased evaluations of professional certification programs? [closed]

Until recently, I've been getting along just fine with my Computer Science graduate degree from a respectable university, but now my employer has instituted a policy that employees in my position must ...
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About technical Certifications [closed]

I am a Java/J2EE/Oracle PL-SQL developer for the past 5 years and have written the SCJP and SCWCD certification exams. But that was long ago. I now plan to get certified, but not sure which track to ...
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Is it more difficult to upgrade your certification from SQL Server 2008 to 2012 than to get it from scratch? [closed]

I was wondering about the new MCSA certification on SQL 2012 and how it seems to be more difficult to upgrade your certification from 2008 to 2012 than to get the 2012 from scratch. Reason I think ...