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Certification Guidance Request

 
Vic Van Herk
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Hello All.

Been developing for some time, but no certs. Would like to brush up my skills, and get certified as Programmer, then perhaps some other certs.

I see that things have changed, and I will need to get OCA, then OCP (but correct me if I'm wrong).

Couple of questions:
1. Is it best to go for Version 7 or Version 8. Any pros/cons of each. I would assume 8, but are there lots of study materials out there for it.
2. Any recommended study guides, books, online resources, etc appreciated. I'm looking through the forums here as well, but any links appreciated.

Cheers,
 
Roel De Nijs
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Hi Vic Van Herk,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Vic Van Herk wrote:1. Is it best to go for Version 7 or Version 8. Any pros/cons of each. I would assume 8, but are there lots of study materials out there for it.

It all depends what's important to you (e.g. money, available resources,...). In this thread you'll find an overview of all possible paths (OCPJP6, OCAJP7+OCPJP7 or OCAJP8+OCPJP8) you could take to become an OCPJP certified Java programmer. And this thread also contains some valuable information about which OCA version to choose. So I would advice to read these threads and if you still have questions or doubts, just hit the reply button and let us know!

Vic Van Herk wrote:2. Any recommended study guides, books, online resources, etc appreciated. I'm looking through the forums here as well, but any links appreciated.

In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available resources (study guides, mock exams,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the certification exam. And on the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers (including resources they have used). So it can be useful to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
Vic Van Herk
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Thanks Roel !

I will review info, and let you know if I have any questions.

Thanks for quick reply.

Cheers,
Vic
 
Vic Van Herk
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Just thought I would provide an update.

Decided to go for OCAJP 8, and do the next level after that, likely when it is out of Beta.

Picked up the book by Jeanne Boyarsky, and initial scan looks good!

Cheers,
Vic
 
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Vic Van Herk wrote:Picked up the book by Jeanne Boyarsky, and initial scan looks good!

Happy studying!
 
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