Sun Offers Beta Exams, Retires Solaris 7 Exams
Sun Microsystems recently made several certification announcements. First, exams for system and network administrators on Solaris 7 will be retired on June 30, 2004. In addition, Sun’s exam for Web component developers is just ending its beta run, and Sun is offering a new beta exam for mobile application developers.
The free beta exam for the Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, Version 1.0 certification will be available Feb. 5 to Feb. 25, 2004. Registration for the exam begins tomorrow, Feb. 3. This certification is designed for developers working on applications for wireless consumer or mobile enterprise customers using Java technologies. Before taking the exam, candidates must first earn the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform certification.
Topics covered on the Mobile Application Developer exam include the JTWI (Java technology for the wireless industry) specification; CLDC (connected limited device configuration); security; networking; application model, delivery, lifecycle and provisioning; MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile) Persistent Storage; Push Registry; MIDP UI application program interface (API); MIDP Game API; media using MIDP 2.0; the mobile media API 1.1; and wireless messaging API 1.1.
The beta period for the Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the J2EE 1.4 exam ends on Feb. 6, 2004. This certification is designed for programmers working with JavaServer Pages (JSP) and servlet technologies to create Web applications using J2EE 1.4. Candidates for the certification must first earn the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform credential.
The new Web Component Developer exam will cover topics such as the servlet technology model; the structure and deployment of Web applications; the Web container model; session management; Web application security; the JSP technology model; building JSP pages using the expression language, using standard actions or using tag libraries; building a custom tag library; and J2EE patterns. Keep an eye out for the release of the official exam.
Finally, Sun plans to retire its Solaris 7 exams on June 30, 2004. Candidates interested in earning a certification on the Solaris operating environment must now test on Solaris 8 or Solaris 9. Certifications affected by the change include the Sun Certified System Administrator and the Sun Certified Network Administrator. Candidates can also earn the Sun Certified Security Administrator, but this exam is only available for the Solaris 9 operating environment.
For more information on Sun certification, see http://suned.sun.com/US/certification.
Emily Hollis is managing editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.