Right pick for the avid techie – The Hindu Business Line Review

The Hindu Business Line has reviewed our “SCMAD Exam Guide” and gives a thumbs-up for the book.

Mobile developer stuff by D. Murali

Where does the true developer stuff start for an engineer aspiring to be a Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer? In ‘The MIDlet,’ say Ko Ko Naing, Sathya Srinivasan, Chad Davis, and Sivasundaram Umapathy in SCMAD Exam Guide: Exam CX-310-110 ( www.tatamcgrawhill.com).

“If a configuration is like the skeleton of the human body, the profile forms the rest of the body — the skin, muscles and so on. Following this analogy, sunglasses, tattoos and jewellery would translate to Bluetooth support, video capture and other technological bling — the optional packages,” the authors begin, in a chapter that shows ‘how to actually write applications for mobile phones.’

They define MIDlets as high-level conceptual applications much parallel to Java servlets and applets.

“These applications do not contain main method entry points like the lower level applications. These higher level applications are executed by being deployed in some other lower level application, such as a servlet container or a JRE plug-in.”

Right pick for the avid techie.

Source: as appeared in “Books 2 Byte” column on 2nd February 2009, The Hindu Business Line – The Hindu Business Line Review

SCMAD Exam Guide

My long pending book “SCMAD Exam Guide” which I co-authored with Sathya Srinivasan, Ko Ko Naing, Chad Davis is now out. This book helps you to ace the Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer (Exam CX-310-110) certification. You can also use it as a general reference to understand the JavaME landscape. If you are in India, you can buy your copy from any local bookstore. If you are outside India, you can get your copy through Amazon but you have to wait for atleast two weeks as the book is still not available there. Please watch out this space as I would be updating it with more information in the coming weeks.

SCMAD Exam Guide - Front CoverSCMAD Exam Guide - Back Cover

ISBN-13: 978-0-07-007788-1

ISBN-10: 0-07-007788-6

Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill

Free SCBCD 5.0 Certification

Probably the news has become stale by now. Anyway, Sun is offering free vouchers for the Business Component Developer 5.0 beta exam. As usual, the prerequisite is to be a Sun Certified Programmer.

The important dates to keep in mind are

Exam Dates: December 8, 2006 – January 2, 2007
Registration Starts from November 24, 2006

This is a wonderful opportunity to grab the certification for free. I took my SCBCD,SCWCD,SCMAD certs in this manner. Hope to repeat the same with SCBCD 5.0. Apart from the early adopter advantage, you also get to see a wide variety of questions which definitely helps if you are planning to work on exam preparation books and exam simulators. Here is the Java certification manager’s post from Javaranch.

Personal Software Process Developer Exam

I stumbled across this new PSP (Personal Software Process) Developer Certification Exam. For a long time, I was looking for a certification on this line. At work, we follow a home-grown process rather than the standard SEI/ISO certified process. So this certification could be a chance for me to showcase my knowledge on *process*. I have just downloaded the PSP Body of Knowledge. It lists the competency areas for PSP with links to various other references. With 91 pages, it is not really bad comparing the PMI’s PMBOK.

Oops! The exam isn’t available in India yet but I see a centre in Milan, Italy. One more reason to visit the client 😉