I’ve been using Java for about 5 years, but not heavily. I know the language reasonably well and have decided that I will get certified in the next few weeks. I took a test (for 1.2) from a training book I bought and got around 60% without a lot of study. The pass is something like 51%. With some study I should get there reasonably comfortably. I think this would be good for my CV and open some doors, although people want to talk to me anyway.

I’m much more interested in doing the Certified Developer exam, because it’s a proper project, but they insist on doing the Certified Programmer first. I am really interested in the System Architect but it looks like a hell of a lot of work and I’ve got other things to keep me busy at the moment. One of the guys from Adis had this qualification and now only works about half the year and is better off than when he was working for them, so I think it’s worth pursuing, just not right now.

Using my Safari Account (detailed in last blog) I’ve got access some 1.4 certification books that I can give back when I’ve finished with them.

Of course, I’m still working on my struts project as well because I have to keep the boredom at bay somehow. Making good progress with it.

Only problem is: tonight I need to fill in my tax return on-line so I’ll have to hold back on the exitement, no, I’m not being sarcastic, I enjoy what I do when I’m allowed to do it.

Current Short-term Life Goals:

  1. Build my internet marketing business.
  2. Get struts project finished
  3. Get Certified
  4. Look at Oracle Certification as well (not so bothered, if Oracle themselves wouldn’t fund it when I was an employee how much use is it?)

All of this has to happen within the next month or so. If you don’t put a date on things they won’t happen.

Back to the exitement of another day writing technical specs – I just can’t wait.