I am doing some catching up on my certifications and have just realised to to upgrade to 8.5 I have to pass the 8.0 exams.
I think this is unfair and not really in IBMs interest because :
>> IBM is actively encouraging customers to go straight to 8.5
>> Web development in 8.5 is a whole new beast almost making 8.x web development an obsolete choice in new applications
>> Composite Apps were buggy in 8.x and had limited uptake, 8.5 is much better, why force people to learn the buggy system
>> DB2NSF is not being expanded any further
>> Its an extra $200 to spend per developer that neither the developers not IBM get value from ( unless this is a profit making exercise )
The syllabus for the exam is
Description: Covers IBM Lotus Notes Domino 8 material as it relates to these competency areas:
- Composite Applications
- Design and Development Enhancements
- Domino and DB2 Integration
- Programming Enhancements
- Web Services in Domino Applications
So IBM, do the right thing and allow developed to go straight from 7 to 8.5. There is a new script requirement for advanced developers anyhow so it still requires a significant commitment from the developers.