certification gotcha – II

•July 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I think the hands on language is what really matters.
I had followed the same path. Making your hands dirty on lots of code snippets is what i like.
It takes a lot of time to do trials but absence of GF gives you all time in this world.

Score of 80% is not so great but i am content with it. I do not regret & bother
about missing on those presence of mind questions.
Though i accept that i have the mocks but those were for only last 4-5 days.

And finally, if you are targeting any certifications,how to prepare for it depends
totally on how much disciplined programmer you are.

Certification gotcha – I !

•July 26, 2008 • 1 Comment

Recently i have completed the certification SCJP 5 (after putting lots of TIME).

A discussion about it provoked me to do some analysis.
I thought about, can we really measure the effect of certifications on adding value to oneself?
When i say ‘adding value’, i strictly mean adding the insight of technology not just adding a logo in CV.
I do not refer to market value also as i am still skeptical about it.(For HRs & PMs –> do you really bother while hiring about it? please put your answer in comment)

I have written down some points about what i actually gained & missed while preparing certification.

Just making certification doesn’t necessarily makes you an technology expert.
It just makes aware next person that you are syntactically well aware with language.
(provided you have not hacked it through dumps !!)

About 10%-20% of exam questions can be solved purely on basis of presence of mind.
There you just need to look carefully about correct number of braces, case sensitive identifiers. I believe those questions has to be removed from exams, as they have nothing to do with aptitude.
Instead focus should be on new added features. Even if its not used in daily programming activities, it will make aware oneself of them.

For instance take SCJP exam , to be precise SCJP 5.0 ,
this exams doesn’t focus on intresting & useful features like java.util.concurrent package which is useful for real stuff.

I dont know why exam objective lacks this feature. SUN really need to take care of it.
And Microsoft is a way ahead of SUN. Some of my great friend have done MCP, MCSD, MCAD
in weeks time. Sometimes they have purposefully missed 1-2 questions in order
no to get 100 %.
The same questions is repeated over a period of time looses its gist and just becomes a menial work.

CSI’s seminar on Googles’s openSocial in Bhageerath,Persistent

•June 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

on friday evening (its so difficult to take out time for such techno seminar especially on friday), i have attended one CSI (computer society of India) ‘s semiar. It was on opensocial concept by Google. The lecture¬† was nicely given by 2 Googlers Rajdeep Dua & Rohit Ghatol.

Rajdeep, being from IIM, explained the vision behind opensocial. Rohit, engineer from PICT ,demonstrated the technical aspects of it. Both were formidable throughout the presentation.

I was bit lucky as i already had some hands on google desktop gadgets.

It lasted for 2 hours, then i happened to see the one in pink tee . I am doubtful, whether “pink tee” has been able to make any sense out of it. I am not against feminity,but after pending 2 (long) years in corporate IT environment , only conclusion i could draw is “90% pink tee’s are not made for techno¬† “.