In the ever growing IT market, and in the pool of various certifications, do we really need a vendor certification. Let’s discuss…

Industry demands have forced vendors to create their own certifications. In the IT industry, technology changes too often and too quickly. Hence, traditional means of certifications loose their significance. The demand for a vendor certification arises when the market requires skilled professionals. A vendor certification provides an easy way to identify such skilled professionals.

The vendor certification provides a win-win opportunity for all.

  • Vendors get benefited because it promotes people skilled in their respective products.
  • Professionals benefit because it boosts their careers.
  • Employers benefit because it helps them identify qualified people. Continue reading

Cisco has announced changes to the CCNA certification and exams in June 2007. Before these changes are announced, the first entry-level Cisco certification was Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. In 2003, Cisco continued with a single certification (CCNA) but offered two certification options; a single exam option and a two-exam option.

Cisco has created a new entry-level certification named Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and has introduced the ICND1 (640-822), ICND2 (640-816), and CCNA (640-802) exams. The 640-802 exam is a single exam option for becoming a CCNA. You can also opt for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams to be certified as a CCNA. However, the ICND1 exam can be taken to achieve the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT). Continue reading

Jacek Laskowski

Jacek Laskowski has been working with Java and Java Enterprise Edition, since its inception and is Sun Certified Java Programmer for Java 5 as well as Sun Certified Business Component Developer for Java EE 5. Jacek is the founder and leader of Warszawa Java User Group. Jacek is a committer and PMC member of Apache Geronimo, Apache OpenEJB, Apache XBean, Apache ActiveMQ and Apache ServiceMix open source projects.

He participated in NetBeans Community Acceptance Test (NetCAT) 6.0 and was awarded as the most active and agile participant. Jacek speaks on Polish (mostly) and international conferences. Continue reading

What is Oracle certification? How many Oracle credentials are available? Which credential to choose in order to start the certification path? These are some of the questions that may be striking your mind.

This article will provide you sufficient insight to all the certification programs offered by Oracle on the 10g technology. We will also try to explain the various job roles and the strategies to be adopted while preparing for these certification exams.

Certification paths

Here’s a description of the three levels of certification paths:

Oracle 10g OCA: The Oracle 10g OCA is the first step in the Oracle database 10g certification track. It is the stepping-stone in the Oracle 10g certification path. The demand for a highly skilled DBA is on the rise, and OCA credential is a great way to get started. It is an entrance level credential and makes the foundational skills robust to manage important database administration and configuration functions. To become an OCA on Oracle 10g, you will have to pass the 1Z0-042 exam. Continue reading

Mischa Kroon

Mischa Kroon is an independent IT Consultant based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has done numerous successful small and large web projects using ASP / ASP.Net and other relating web technologies. Mischa blogs about internet technologies and productivity tools for programmers ranging from Code Generation, Asp and Asp.Net to open source technologies such as MySql and Ruby on Rails.

In his free time he enjoys life through festivals, concerts and through hanging out with friends.

Mischa reviewed the uCertify 70-305 exam PrepKit, which can be used to prepare for the MCSD, MCAD and MCDBA certifications. Continue reading

Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai is a Software Engineer and has been working with Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited since 2006. He is a certified Java Programmer (SCJP), Web Component (SCWCD) and Web Services Developer (SCDJWS) from Sun Microsystems.

He has a passion for blogging on the various areas surrounding web technology and regularly writes for his blog Techtracer. The blog mainly targets articles on Web Development, Java EE, and Ajax along with other exciting technical stuff for beginners. To get updates from his blog, subscribe to his feed. Continue reading

Anton Arhipov

Anton Arhipov is a senior software developer in Hansabank Estonia, working with J2EE technologies and financial data integration projects. He has over 5 years of experience with Java technology and is SCJP certified.

He is also an open source enthusiast: Anton has contributed on JBoss Drools project and participated in Google Summer of Code 2007 event. Currently, he holds the researcher position at Tallinn University of Technology in the Department of Computer Engineering. Continue reading

Partho Sarathi

Recently, we sent the uCertify 70-536-CSHSARP practice test to Partho Sarathi, a Software Engineering student, to use and send his opinions on it. This was in continuation of our efforts to get useful inputs on uCertify PrepKits from experts as well as students who are using them.

Partho Sarathi is a student at NIIT Shyambazar pursuing GNIIT (Software Engineering) along with a degree in Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) from Sikkim Manipal University. Continue reading

Debbie Campbell

Debbie Campbell has over 12 years experience as a web designer and developer, and since 2005 has owned Red Kite Creative, a full-service web studio in Colorado. Debbie’s background is in graphic design and her specialty is front-end development, from Photoshop through valid and accessible XHTML/CSS. She has attained several certifications including CIW Professional.

Here’s what Debbie says:

“I used uCertify’s kits for taking the first two CIW exams and passed with scores that were much higher than I actually needed. These were reasonably priced, compared to what I paid for the book I bought prior to learning about uCertify. One thing I especially liked was the tracking page that displayed how well you were doing – it would show you when you were getting closer to obtaining that passing grade. Continue reading

Dave McMahon

Dave works as Chief Architect for .NET Development at Ridgian Limited, a privately owned software house based in Central Birmingham. Ridgian are a Microsoft Certified Partner and specialize in Business Intelligence Solutions and Custom Software Solutions.
Dave is very active in the Microsoft community speaking at DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper conferences, and at numerous User Group meetings around the country on such topics as SQL XML, SQL 2005 Security, Regular Expressions and his favorite technology XSLT and XPATH. He has recently published articles on SQL Server 2005 Security in International Developer Magazine and on Vista and Office 2007in the Microsoft Beta Newsletters.

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