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Java 7 or Java 8 Certification

 
Ammar Ahmed
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Dear Java Gurus,

I am starting to learn Java and want to get certified for recognition. Should I look for Java 7 or Java 8 certification ? My my idea is to learn latest one which is Java 8 but thought to have Gurus advice.

BTW, I just passed PL/SQL Developer 1Z0-144.

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Hi Ammar Ahmed,

Ammar Ahmed wrote:I am starting to learn Java and want to get certified for recognition. Should I look for Java 7 or Java 8 certification ? My my idea is to learn latest one which is Java 8 but thought to have Gurus advice.

Since Java 7, Oracle has split the certification in 2 parts: the OCA one is the entry-level exam and covers java and OO basics. The OCP is the more advanced exam and covers a lot of advanced topics (generics, threads, concurrency, jdbc, file i/o, nio2.0,...). So you need to pass 2 exams to become OCPJP certified. Before Java 7 you only needed to take just 1 exam (OCPJP6) to become OCPJP certified, but this exam (of course) covers both java and OO basics and the more advanced topics (generics, threads, file i/o,...). So it's harder to pass for the OCPJP6 than it would be for the OCAJP7 or OCAJP8.

If you want to become an Oracle Certified Professional, Java Programmer, you can currently choose between 3 paths: OCPJP6 or OCAJP7+OCPJP7 or OCAJP8+OCPJP8 (there are no prerequisites for either of these exams). For the first one, you only have to pass one exam (as mentioned earlier); for both other paths you need to pass two exams (an entry-level and an advanced level). 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 (and OCPJP8).

Although it makes more sense to take the OCA first and then the OCP, it's not a requirement. You can take both exams in random order. Please note you can't combine different version certifications.

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
 
Ammar Ahmed
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Hi Roel,

Thank you very much for your detailed advice. I clearly think that I should learn Java 8. I compared Java 7 and Java 8 exam objectives and they are 85% similar (in my understanding),

I just dont want to pass the exam but to better understand Java for programming for myself and to make better softwares.

Thanks a lot again,

Ammar Ahmed
 
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Ammar Ahmed wrote:I clearly think that I should learn Java 8. I compared Java 7 and Java 8 exam objectives and they are 85% similar (in my understanding),

I just dont want to pass the exam but to better understand Java for programming for myself and to make better softwares.

Excellent choice and awesome motivation!

Here you'll find a mapping of the exam objectives of OCAJP7 vs OCAJP8.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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