I am planning to take the Java OCA SE 7 exam somewhere in the future. But Java SE 9 is coming out soon. I can imagine that Oracle will discontinue the OCA SE 7 exam somewhere in the future.
So my question is: Does someone know if there is a deadline for taking the OCA SE 7 exam? In other words: does someone know if and when they are going to discontinue the Java OCA SE 7 exam, or will that not be the case anytime soon?
It won't be the case anytime soon so no need to worry about it. The Java 6 exams are still being offered. There'd have to be talk of discontinuing that, then an announcement and finally actually discontinuing the Java 6 exams before anyone thinks about Java 7. It'll be a long time.
That said, if you haven't yet bought a Java 7 book, you might want to take the Java 8 exam instead regardless. Just because it is more current.
I'm in a very late stage in preparing for the Java 7 exam. I studied the theory of Java 7 thoroughly more than once and I'm now taking the mock exams. I can't study full time, so I hope to take the exam in about six weeks or so and finally wrap this thing up. Of course I'll have to update to Java 8 or 9 at a later date, but at least I'll have the certficate soon (hopefully) and don't have to postpone anymore.
Now I know I don't have to hurry to take the exam before Java 9 gets out.
(I think I had the Apple iPhone model in my mind: Apple discontinues support for earlier models - a few versions back - once a new version of the iPhone comes out. Thanks to your answer I know that that fortunately isn't the case with Oracle and Java.)
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