2014-04-13 getcertarn

Well done Java Servlets students! You have completed Modules 1 – 8 of teh course. Here is a project for you to put together everything that you have learned so far:

Maintain a list of products on your website – as the manager of a website, you should be able to:

  • View Products
  • Add Products
  • Edit Products
  • Delete Products

Make sure you validate form entries when adding a new product.

2014-03-17 getcertarn

 “Every employer should help young South Africans enter the job market. While this is a start,” says Arnold Graaff, CEO of Code College in Johannesburg, “more needs to be done to help the younger generation find employment after leaving school.” Young South Africans struggle to find employment. In a drive to improve their lot, SARS now offers a special tax incentive to encourage employers to hire younger staff. If an employee is between the ages of 18 and 29 and earns R6000 or less, their employer can reduce the PAYE on their income as per the calculations set out by SARS.

Graaff cites the case of Xolani, a recent graduate of Code College’s Java  Bootcamp. “Here was a young gentleman who met our basic criteria – a matric certificate with a comfortable pass in mathematics. Further, he took our aptitude test and the results were very positive. But he had no way to cover his training costs. We decided to give him the opportunity to realise his potential and granted him a study loan.” Code College offers qualifying candidates loans to complete their studies, repayable once they have found employment.

Students sit the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam. Once they graduate, Code College’s sister company and top IT recruitment firm Compuways places them with a suitable employer.

Xolani did well in all the modules he studied and went on to pass his Oracle exams. He also completed the course’s practical web application development project with distinction. Xolani soon received two interviews, resulting in a job offer as a junior programmer with a client of Compuways, a developer of cloud-based business software.

The employer, met Xolani during the course. “We recognised his potential and were keen to see how he developed.” In fact, on hiring him, the company decided to repay Xolani’s study debt in return for an agreed period of service. Also, they immediately sent him on another Code College course to learn database programming. The client has used Compuways / Code College for almost 8 years for all its recruitment, training and certification requirements.

The employers says that while the demand is great, there is a distinct lack of skilled Java programmers in South Africa and the number of frameworks and technologies used by development companies varies widely. This makes it difficult for employers to find developers with the qualifications and expertise they require for their specific needs. So, companies are on the lookout for candidates who can apply logical thinking to deconstruct problems and build up solutions. It’s natural for employers to train junior programmers over the long term to nurture their skills.  “Code College’s excellent courses follow the latest syllabi, turning out well-rounded junior programmers who have been exposed to the newest technologies and methods of programming. The result is that we can get new hires productive very quickly.”

Xolani says young people should take more interest in short courses. Many university leavers with computer science degrees find themselves overqualified and under-experienced. “Decide what you want to do, go for the short course and get the skills you need to start earning. The rest will come with experience.”

Through the efforts of companies like Code College, young South Africans have the opportunity to find employment and establish themselves in the workforce. Both companies encourage employers to support the youth of South Africa.

Code College also offers Boot Camps for Java, Python, JavaScript, Ruby Development. For more information, visit GetCertified’s web site at https://codecollege.co.za//bootcamps/java-training-course. Prospective students are invited to attend open days by appointment from Monday to Saturday.

2014-01-30 getcertarn

For kids of at least 10 years old, we teach computer programming the right way. The course is expertly designed and internationally acclaimed content is used. Groom your child into the exciting world of computer programming. We are using examples that kids understand easily and find relevant and exciting at their level. Concepts that they learn here will become part of their overall intellectual assets and will also complement their Mathematical ability at school. At the end of the course, the student should have the competencies to enable them to proceed into even more relevant topics like games, robotics and IT.

We start this course every first Saturday of every even – numbered month.

2013-12-12 getcertarn

School leavers wondering about their prospects for employment in the Java programming world need only ask a recent graduate of GetCertified.

The Johannesburg-based IT training company offers a Java Job Prep Boot Camp in preparation for full-time work in the software development industry. When ready, candidates sit the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam.  Once a student has graduated, Compuways, a top IT recruitment firm and GetCertified’s sister company, places them with a suitable employer.

At the time of writing, one student had multiple interviews lined up with prospective employers, had attended two and was called to a follow-up interview all in the space of one week.

According to Arnold Graaff, CEO of GetCertified, this is not unusual for a student who has done well in their Java certification and practical examinations.

“Companies are on the lookout for entry-level Java programmers with internationally recognised certification and proven practical skills,” says Graaff. “Compuways has a continuous backlog with clients seeking this class of programmer, so we’ve never been unable to place graduates who have applied themselves during training.”

While looking for a suitable training institute, the student mentioned above met with Arnold who explained the details of the Java Boot Camp. Within three months of starting the course, he learned how to develop a complete database-driven Java web application and achieved Oracle Java certification.

But why choose to study the Java programming language? “Everyone’s heard of Android,” replies the student, “and I knew that most of the software written for that system is coded in Java. Its popularity made it the best choice.”

When asked if he plans to develop Android applications, the student responds: “With Java there’s such a wide range of software that can be developed. I don’t want to limit myself to just one category when so many possibilities exist.”

How did he achieve certification so quickly? “I tried self-study for 9 months while I worked,” explains the student, “but the amount of information covered made it impossible. At the Java Boot Camp, I studied full time. That’s 9 hours of constant training per day under Arnold’s expert guidance. The complete dedication and high level of instruction made it possible.”

After completing his web application project with distinction, Compuways immediately arranged job interviews with four top IT companies. “I was spoilt for choice with a job offer from each of them,” says the student. “All this happened within 5 months of enrolling for the Java Boot Camp.”

“For anyone considering a career in Java development, I recommend starting with GetCertified.”

Bursaries or study loans are available on request to applicants who provide proof of good mathematics scores (60% or higher), and who perform favourably on GetCertified’s aptitude test and face-to-face interviews.

GetCertified also offers Boot Camps for database administration, PHP development and Microsoft .NET development.

2013-11-24 getcertarn

If you’re a school leaver interested in a career in Java programming but can’t afford the study fees, GetCertified may have the answer you’re looking for.

The Johannesburg-based IT training company offers a limited number of study bursaries to selected applicants, allowing them to attend its Java Job Prep Boot Camp without paying any upfront study fees. Candidates can train for free during the Boot Camp and repay the cost of the course at reasonable terms after they have found employment.

To qualify for free training, applicants must provide proof of good mathematics scores (60% or higher), and perform favourably on GetCertified’s aptitude test and in face-to-face interviews.

GetCertified bursaries are offered to allow deserving school leavers the opportunity to enter the thriving field of Java software development. The programming language has enjoyed a boost in popularity with the growth in consumer demand for Android-based mobile devices. Since most Android apps are created using Java, the need for competent developers has risen too. Java programmers also work on the complex business systems that apps connect to for information.

According to Arnold Graaff, CEO of GetCertified, the greatest demand is for entry-level programmers with international certification and proven practical abilities.

The Java Boot Camp teaches school leavers to write programs competently in Java. It also allows them to provide prospective employers with proof of their practical abilities through the development of a fully functioning Java application of the standard required in the workplace.

After training, students will be registered to sit for the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam.

GetCertified also assists graduated students to find employment through its sister company, Compuways. A top IT recruitment firm, Compuways has been placing tech personnel since 1990. “We’ve never been unable to place a student who passes the course,” says Graaff. “We have standing orders from our Compuways clients for this class of developer – they are very much sought-after.”

Once training is complete, learners can further their qualifications with GetCertified’s advanced Java courses, such as the dedicated Android Development module.

Students who qualify for bursaries can also choose from other available Boot Camps, namely database administration, PHP development or Microsoft .NET development.

For more information, visit GetCertified’s web site at http://www.getcertified.co.za/bootcamps/java or http://www.getcertified.co.za/bootcamps for all available Boot Camps. Prospective students are invited to attend open days by appointment from Monday to Saturday.

2013-11-24 getcertarn

With the exploding popularity of Android mobile devices, the demand for competent Java developers is greater than ever. The Java programming language is used to create the majority of Android apps as well as the complex business systems they connect to for information.

While the skills shortage in all areas of IT continues, employers are wary of trusting inexperienced programmers with multi-million-Rand software systems handling everything from banking to games to national defence.

However, junior programmers with international certification and proven practical abilities are in demand. This is according to Arnold Graaff, CEO of GetCertified, a Johannesburg-based IT training company offering an extensive range of computer-related courses.

GetCertified’s Java Boot Camp gives school leavers the chance to kick off a rewarding career developing mobile, desktop, web, server or embedded applications. Applicants not only gain the knowledge to program well in Java, but also the evidence that they have the practical skills to tackle entry-level projects and the aptitude to progress to large-scale software systems. By the end of the Boot Camp, students will have created a fully functioning Java application of the standard required by most employers.

After training, students will be registered to sit for the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam.

GetCertified partners with Compuways – a top IT recruitment company that has been placing tech personnel since 1990 – to find positions for students who successfully complete the course. “With their certification and demonstrable practical skills, and based on the standing orders held by Compuways for this class of developer,” says Graaff, “we can guarantee that we’ll quickly find employment for our graduating Boot Camp students.”

Graaff’s own qualifications – a BSc in Computer Science with Honours and 30 years in the IT industry – make him the perfect instructor. But how long does it take to turn out the ideal entry-level Java developer? Graaff gives an example: “Through our Java Boot Camp, an unemployed student with no prior programming experience achieved certification in 5 months and was placed almost immediately.”

Once training is complete, learners can further their qualifications with GetCertified’s advanced Java courses, such as the dedicated Android Development module.

Bursaries or study loans are available on request to applicants who provide proof of good mathematics scores (60% or higher), and who perform favourably on GetCertified’s aptitude test and face-to-face interviews.

GetCertified also offers Boot Camps for database administration, PHP development and Microsoft .NET development.