Saturday, November 17, 2012

1 year @ Cognizant its exciting

Cognizant has given me all that I wanted, especially the green tag with ID card and the mysterious white plastic card about 3′X2′. I have written enough on my academy experience on my previous post –Training @ Cognizant so I’m gonna cut down to next 7 months.
Justifying the title even while writing this post I’m learning ‘Struts tile’, don’t get jealous on me people I’m yet to be assigned with a responsible business task. Skipping vetti bench period flowing the attention to deployment, Trainees were fired to all possible directions in India goodness I landed in Chennai.  I was directed to be a part of IME- MGH account from there re-directed to be with Lipper.

In Lipper account was given a title ‘PL/SQL developer’ first week was busy with assigning new systems raising RAMS request, getting tagged to the seat. Then I got that magical plastic card which gives me freedom from running behind closing doors its called as ‘The Access card’ Soon came party time ‘Team Lunch’ was arranged on Holy Smoke near CHN-TCO office you’d know why the restaurant has such name once you enter it “Holy smoke smells holy ash” But is has good food the 90% barbecued stuffs were really good 
Even after designated as PL/SQL developer I was not ready to give up my hunger for Java and my manager Mr.Ganesh was kind enough to assign mentors for both Java and Oracle. Then started my tight learning plan for both technologies I have planned to learn. We have this Social-Collaborative-Working-Environment-Policy which gives our colleagues 3 portals one resembling twitter, other facebook and another for Bloggers this portals gave me good time to know more about Cognizant and how the business is approached here. Soon came the sad part my project got ramp-down eventually the resource so does my oracle mentor and the need for me to learn oracle.
But still I have Java in hand the technology I loved to learn now I can concentrate on it even more. I attended some classroom training to cover the lagging parts in Learning plan. Assignments were most exciting part of learning plan something which is not concentrated on Academy. Thanks to my mentor Mr. Pushparaj he was so stubborn on rules to follow right from design to final presentation OOP was concentrated as much as it could have been.
Marking the end of first year i.e., my probation period I will be evaluated and will be given conformation if I have performed enough. Choosing ranking scale would have been difficult for my manager coz I have not been part of any business yet. But still I had an excellent learning score, obviously every class room training will fetch 2 pts, as a team player completed some assignments as a part of mentors task and also I’m rolling out a newsletter in the name “Lipper fortnight” for every fortnight so he decided yes this guy is ok to be a ‘Programmer Analyst’ and now I’m cool.
Even though I didn’t manage to complete the first serious task assigned to me in the first year I did that in the following weeks completed OCJP certification but as most of you know clearning it doesn’t mean I know Java well. But yes I know it better than I know it a year back Then came a chance to interact with organization than just sticking to a department or location "COP Chennai 5K run" an internal celebration run also a healthy habit. Took part in that ran 5Km ok jogged then collected complementary "a cool Vapur Anti - bottle" for participation off course certificate. Hope to do great on my second year see ya on next post

Saturday, November 10, 2012

How to: SCJP / OCJP certification, best practice, chennai

Oracle Certified Professional, Java Programmer(OCP,JP) is the certification I’m gonna discuss in this post. This certification is offered by ORACLE prior to this Sun was offering it in the name SCJP, in generic way I’m gonna refer this as OCJP.

Here I have given a list of FAQs that you can use.

1.What are the prerequisites or Should I have completed any other exam before this?
A:Not required. But its is good that you take mock up exams available in various sites before facing the big challenge. You’ll face 60 questions within 150mins you have to answer them and score 61% to clear the exam (37 questions must be correct).

2.What is the best book for this exam?
A: I haven’t heard of book for OCP,JP 1Z0-851 but there is book for SCJP 310-065 which is essentially the same exam but the name was changed once Oracle started to offer the exam. The book is authored by peoples who prepares the examination papers and patterns so they would be the best guide.

3.Is book enough for certification?
A: No Book is not enough it might give a outline of test and how to think but to master the exam book will not be enough we have to take mock up test, in the preface of book they have mention some forum and website to look for.

4.Where can I find mock test on this?
A: I’m giving here the two best sites; My favorite is, the rules round up quiz will be every useful. There is also another site watch that space for most updated paper ;) also try,,,, for sample coding and help from people who knows java even better.

5.Where Can I take this test from? Is it possible to take it from home?
A: Its not possible to take test from home. Only approved Prometric centers / Person VUE centers can conduct this exam.

6.How much the voucher cost? Where can I buy? What are the mode of payments available?
A: Right now it cost Rs.8014 but with tax it will be high as Rs.9005. You can even buy it online but its advised that you go to the center you are planning to take exam to better have idea about the exam. You can make payment with almost all payment mode Cash/ Debit card/ Credit card. I bought the voucher and took the exam on the same day, same center – NIIT(Above KVB bank), Adyar, Chennai.

7.How many days before the exam I have to schedule for it?
A: Voucher is valid for 239 days. You can schedule then and there, just step into center ask them to schedule and take it in 30 min.

8.Can I reschedule/cancel the exam?
Yes, you can reschedule or cancel the but One business day before the exam. But if try to do so less than 24 hours before exam then you will loose your exam fee. You will not get the tax amount refunded even if you cancel before a business day so buy voucher only if you are sure to take exam.

9.What are essential proofs for exam?
A: Have to carry 2 Id’s atleast one must have your photo preferred that both has your signature. Preferred that one be our organization and other governments. But carry original, duplicates are not encouraged  you’ll also be demanded for photocopies of the Id proofs you are submitting.

You can find the certification link here…