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Confused About Certification

 
Michele Smith
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Hello, I have been recently hired by a company, and as a condition of employment, they would like me to complete one of the following certifications:

Java Developer

Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 5/SE 6
Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer

I don't know which one to pick. The existing applications are written with no special framework and utilize sessions. What kinds of questions would I need to ask the existing programmer to determine which one of these courses I should take, if not both of them? For instance, would I need to ask the existing programmer what JRE/JDK he was utilizing, would this help me to determine which one to obtain? Or are there other types of questions which I would need to ask?

Thank you,
Michele
 
Roel De Nijs
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Hi Michele,

If you are hired as a java programmer/developer, you must take the OCAJP7 (Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer) exam. That's the only one (of your list) which addresses java programmers/developers, the other one (OCAJ 5/6) is more suited for project and program managers.

Kind regards,
Roel
 
Jhonson Fernando
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I agree with Roel De Nijs's point and the Latest version in Associate exam is OCAJP 7, so you can go for OCAJP 7 certification exam.

You can refer this article for exam details.

Good luck for exam preparation!
 
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Java SE 7 has some nice features that are good to know.

If you have time, I would do both as the Java SE 5/6 is easier to get started with and pass.

Otherwise, 7 is the way to go as 6 has been end of life (i.e., end of public updates) for a while now: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html.

-- Robert


 
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