I’ve just found out that IBM recently announced two very interesting (and hopefully key to boost your career) certifications for people working with WebSphere Liberty Profile and/or WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5 – IBM Certified Developer – IBM WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools V8.5 With Liberty Profile and IBM Certified System Administrator – WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5, respectively.
To be honest, I’ve been surprised to have seen the former certification – IBM Certified Developer – IBM WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools V8.5 With Liberty Profile – as I doubt there’s much one can test as far as WebSphere Liberty Profile goes. It’s by design meant to be simple if not obvious for anyone wishing to develop and deploy Java EE and OSGi Applications. That’s its aim after all – do the job well and be almost invisible for developers as they’re not paid for setting up application servers, but developing enterprise applications. If one needs a certification to prove it, it may very well contradict the aim of the lightweight application server. With that said, if there’s a certification for the products – note the certification’s concerned with WebSphere Developer Tools as well as WebSphere Liberty Profile – it should be easy to seat the test.
Pick the low-hanging fruit!
It may also have been useful to read the articles of mine about the product set at my Wiki in the WebSphere Liberty Profile category. Let me know how much they were really.
There is also an extensive amount of Training resources in Test 000-319: IBM WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools V8.5 with Liberty Profile so, again, I’m doubtful there’re many people out there who couldn’t seat the test successfully after a few years of working with Java EE, OSGi and perhaps WebSphere AS 8.5 (the full profile).
Speaking of the full profile or as it’s widely known WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5, there’s a new test Test 000-318: IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5 Core Administration that’s much tougher, I suspect. WAS 8.5 ND is much more powerful and feature-rich. With the latest version 8.5 there are so many new features (that were previously a part of other products from the WebSphere brand) that it will certainly take far longer to be prepared well for the examination.
Like for the other test, there is an extensive amount of Training resources in Test 000-318: IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5 Core Administration. It might be a good plan to schedule a test with the materials already read and digested. One or two articles a week and in ca 25 weeks the certification is yours!
Let’s see how much it really takes to prepare for these two tests and be awarded with the certifications. I’m up for giving them a shot! Who else?