Mike Litherland

Mike Litherland works for Accenx Technology, Inc. as a software designer and programmer of enterprise, interactive and hopefully otherwise useful software, much of which has been designed for the health-care industry. His other interests include writing (fiction and technical), trying to fix anything that’s broken and trying to understand anything that’s not broken.

When those things aren’t occupying his time there are a few musical instruments that require some playing, some geocaches that haven’t been found nearby, and some trails that haven’t been fully explored. Of course his favorite way to spend time is with his wonderful new wife in their cute little house in Cleveland Heights and their furry, four-legged children.

Mike Litherland recently tested the uCertify PrepKit for CX-310-055 exam, required to achieve the SCJP 5.0 certification and wrote a comprehensive review on his blog. Mike says, “Chances are if you’re reading a review regarding certification preparation software, you are already pretty committed to taking a certification exam. In this case I think that the uCertify software I reviewed delivers what it promises – a complete solution to going from having an understanding of Java 5 to being able to pass the SCJP 5.0 certification test.”

You can read the complete review at Mike’s Blog.

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