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How to differentiate between an Average and a Good Programmer?

When it comes to interview, goal is to find the most suitable developer for job to get done but its very difficult to judge someone's caliber, experience and expertise in short duration of Interview. There is always a process starting from phone interview, written tests to face-to-face interview, but its still difficult to hire the right programmer. Process can help you to filter candidates but eventually it will come down to your experience and gut feeling. As you take more and more interviews, you will know what to ask and what not and like many other interviewers in the world, you will develop some of your own tips. Similarly, I have developed couple of tips from my experience which has helped me to differentiate an average programmer with a good programmer in past.

Can you take Spring Professional Certification without Training Course?

Yes, you can take Spring certification without taking mandatory Spring training. Pivotal, the company behind Spring, has announced on 10th May 2017 that "Spring Certification Exams are now available for individual purchase, without enrolling in the course". This is one of the most exciting changes in the Spring certification program since it's launched 10 years back. The cost of Spring certification was the single, biggest obstacle for many experienced Java and Spring developers to get certified for their Spring framework skills. This step from Pivotal is a really positive step and gives a real chance to many experienced developers in cost-sensitive countries like India to get certified for their skills.

Which Java 8 Certification Should you Take? OCAJP8 (1Z0-808) , OCPJP8 (1Z0-809) , or Upgrade(1Z0-810 and 1Z0-813)

There are a lot of confusion among Java programmers and Oracle Java Certification aspirants related to various Java 8 certifications e.g. what are exam codes, which exams they should go for, whether they are eligible for Java SE 8 upgrade exams, and what should they do if they have just passed Java SE 7 Programmer II certification. I will try to answer each of these questions here, but to get it right let's first clear the confusion about various Java SE 8 exams There are four Java 8 certifications available in Oracle's site:

1) Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer OCAJP8, exam code 1Z0-808
2) Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer OCPJP8, exam code 1Z0-809
3) Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (upgrade), exam code 1Z0-810
4) Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP ( Java SE 6 and all prior versions) - exam code 1Z0-813