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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Oracle is introducing a new exam - Java Foundations Junior Associate. I'm guessing this meant to be in the space of the old OCAJ (5 or 6) exam - for managers and others who aren't programming in their job.

The objectives aren't out yet, but will be in the next month.
 
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Well, that was short lived. Oracle took down the page about this exam.
 
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It's still mentioned on this page, so to cite the Terminator: it will be back
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:
The objectives aren't out yet, but will be in the next month.


here are the objectives:




What Is Java?

Describe the features of Java
Describe the real-world applications of Java

Java Basics

Describe the Java Development Kit (JDK) and the Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
Describe the components of object-oriented programming
Describe the components of a basic Java program
Compile and execute a Java program

Basic Java Elements

Identify the conventions to be followed in a Java program
Use Java reserved words
Use single-line and multi-line comments in Java programs
Import other Java packages to make them accessible in your code
Describe the java.lang package

Working with Java Data Types

Declare and initialize variables including a variable using final
Cast a value from one data type to another including automatic and manual promotion
Declare and initialize a String variable

Working with Java Operator

Use basic arithmetic operators to manipulate data including +, -, *, /, and %
Use the increment and decrement operators
Use relational operators including ==, !=, >, >=, <, and <=
Use arithmetic assignment operators
Use conditional operators including &&, ||, and ?
Describe the operator precedence and use of parenthesis

Working with the String Class

Develop code that uses methods from the String class
Format Strings using escape sequences including %d, %n, and %s

Working with the Random and Math Classes

Use the Random class
Use the Math class

Using Decision Statements

Use the decision making statement (if-then and if-then-else)
Use the switch statement
Compare how == differs between primitives and objects
Compare two String objects by using the compareTo and equals methods

Using Looping Statements

Describe looping statements
Use a for loop including an enhanced for loop
Use a while loop
Use a do- while loop
Compare and contrast the for, while, and do-while loops
Develop code that uses break and continue statements

Debugging and Exception Handling

Identify syntax and logic errors
Use exception handling
Handle common exceptions thrown
Use try and catch blocks

Arrays and ArrayLists

Use a one-dimensional array
Create and manipulate an ArrayList
Traverse the elements of an ArrayList by using iterators and loops including the enhanced for loop
Compare an array and an ArrayList

Classes and Constructors

Create a new class including a main method
Use the private modifier
Describe the relationship between an object and its members
Describe the difference between a class variable, an instance variable, and a local variable
Develop code that creates an object's default constructor and modifies the object's fields
Use constructors with and without parameters
Develop code that overloads constructors

Java Methods

Describe and create a method
Create and use accessor and mutator methods
Create overloaded methods
Describe a static method and demonstrate its use within a program


the exam is invite only.


New Java Foundations exam

The second exam in the Oracle Certified Junior Associate credential class is now in beta: Java Foundations Junior Associate (1Z0-811). I'm reasonably certain that this beta, like the Oracle Database Foundations, is by invitation only. That said, if you are interested, you can now at least look at the topics:


http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=5001&get_params=p_exam_id:1Z0-811
 
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Stefan Feldmann wrote:the exam is invite only.


New Java Foundations exam

The second exam in the Oracle Certified Junior Associate credential class is now in beta: Java Foundations Junior Associate (1Z0-811). I'm reasonably certain that this beta, like the Oracle Database Foundations, is by invitation only. That said, if you are interested, you can now at least look at the topics:

What does "invite only" is supposed to mean?

Because I just went to Pearson Vue and could schedule an exam appointment for Exam 1Z1-811: Java Foundations without any problem at all. And I didn't had to provide an invitation code (or something similar)
 
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The invite only comment is by this poster. I agree with you that it seems open to all. I just registered for June 6th without issue. (I want to see how much easier it is than the OCA. In particularly, I want to see if people can use our OCA book plus a couple blog posts for the topics not covered to study until books designed for the exam exist.

Like the old SCJA, they mostly do a subset of the "main" entry level cert and then add other topics. The only ones that jumped out at me is Random, compareTo and %d type formatting.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Like the old SCJA, they mostly do a subset of the "main" entry level cert and then add other topics. The only ones that jumped out at me is Random, compareTo and %d type formatting.

It seems to be quite different from the old SCJA, because you need quite some knowledge about the Java language whereas the old SCJA required only knowledge about the Java eco-system and some Java language basics (i.e. operators, String and ArrayList) if I remember correctly.
 
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You needed a good amount of basic Java. The objectives include primitives, enums, etc. Way less than the SCJP though. And there was a much strong emphais on describing things than the Java Foundations Junior Associate. I'm having trouble imagining who they are targeting with the new exam and why they couldn't just take the OCA.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I'm having trouble imagining who they are targeting with the new exam and why they couldn't just take the OCA.

True! Very weird. And for this exam Math and Random classes seem so important they have their own cert objective
 
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I'm having trouble imagining who they are targeting with the new exam and why they couldn't just take the OCA.

I agree. My guess is that they want to target college students who are interested in learning Java skills.
 
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Abhay Agarwal wrote:
I'm having trouble imagining who they are targeting with the new exam and why they couldn't just take the OCA.

I agree. My guess is that they want to target college students who are interested in learning Java skills.

That is what their overview page says. I blogged about it.I don't think college students should take this exam. The old (Java 5/6) associate exam was meant for managers.

If a college student wants to study Java, I think he/she is better taking off the real OCA. It's upgradeable, sounds better and isn't that much harder.
 
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I contacted the Oracle Certification Program (OCP) Team and asked about the target audience of the Java Foundations Junior Associate exam (as it's closely related to the OCAJP exams). I got the following answer:

Oracle Certification Program (OCP) Team wrote:Please note that the Oracle Junior Associate certification level is for students in high schools, 2-year colleges and 4-year colleges and universities who have participated in the Oracle Academy program and/or have studied computer science including a relevant Java or Database curricula; and faculty who teach these courses and skills.

The Oracle Certified Associate certifications are completely independent of the Oracle Certified Junior Associate certifications. The OCA certifications are more professional level. The Junior Associate certifications are more focused on students who wish to enter the job market as an intern or in an entry-level position. The Certified Junior Associate certifications are not a pre-requisite to the Oracle Certified Associate certifications.
 
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I still think those audiences should take the regular associate exam!
 
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