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OCAJP 7 or 8

 
Gibran Castillo
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Simon,

Should I by pass OCAJP 7 and just go straight to OCAJP 8 or is there value in first going thru OCAJP 7 and then 8?

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Paul Anilprem
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IMHO, go straight to OCAJP8, if you are willing to put a little more effort. Not much point in taking a certification that has already been superseded by a new one
Would like to hear from Simon as well on this.
 
Simon Roberts
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I agree. There's very little difference between the Associate exam for Java 7 and the Programmer 1 exam for Java 8. They reworded some objectives, and they added implementing Predicate as a Lambda, and about four classes from the new date/time API. It's a relatively small stretch to get all the way to these objectives too. Though of course, my present course is still on the older exam. You can probably guess, I will have a revision out as soon as I can get the recordings made and the production work done. Meantime, essentially everything in the existing video course is relevant and on point.

Cheers,
Simon
 
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Hi Gibran Castillo,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Gibran Castillo wrote:Should I by pass OCAJP 7 and just go straight to OCAJP 8 or is there value in first going thru OCAJP 7 and then 8?

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!

But if you don't have any specific reasons, you should just go with OCAJP8. 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
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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