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Hi everybody,

I have recently bought the two study guides by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff (OCAJP and OCPJP) and I am preparing to take the OCA exam.
However, I recently discovered that Oracle was releasing Java 9.

My question to you is the following, would you advise to wait a little longer to take the exam for the OCA 9 or go ahead with the OCA 8?

If I pass the OCA 8, is there a smaller exam I could take to update my certification to 9?

It just bothers me that I bought the books for 8 and would not use them but it would also bother me to have a certification in 8 knowing that it is no longer the most recent version of Java. :-)

I welcome any advice or thoughts,

Thank you all for your time!
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First of all welcome at Coderanch .Hmn really nice question. But i advice you to go with OCA 8 because Still Oracle dosen't release the Beta exam for OCA 9 and that takes quite a long time because first Beta came then Actual OCA 9 came.So without thinking go with OCA 8 and don't worry you can easily upgrade to OCP 9 but for that you have to crack 2 exams of Java 8 i.e, OCA 8 as well as OCP 8 and then you have to give OCP 9 directly and then you have your OCP 9 certification. Good luck for your Preparation.
 
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O Shea wrote:First of all welcome at Coderanch .Hmn really nice question. But i advice you to go with OCA 8 because Still Oracle dosen't release the Beta exam for OCA 9 and that takes quite a long time because first Beta came then Actual OCA 9 came.So without thinking go with OCA 8 and don't worry you can easily upgrade to OCP 9 but for that you have to crack 2 exams of Java 8 i.e, OCA 8 as well as OCP 8 and then you have to give OCP 9 directly and then you have your OCP 9 certification. Good luck for your Preparation.



Hello O Shea,

Thanks for the advice, I appreciate your input.

Have a good day/night :-),
D.
 
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But if you can wait, then you can happily wait for that OCA 9 to come. But that takes quite a long time. Good day/night
 
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O Shea wrote:But if you can wait, then you can happily wait for that OCA 9 to come. But that takes quite a long time. Good day/night



I am not the patient type ;-)
Do you have an estimate on how long it would take to see the OCA 9 (not the Beta)?
 
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Its definitely next year but when I don't know.
 
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Here are a few things to consider when pondering this:
  • The beta OCA exam for Java 8 came out about six months after Java 8. Even then there were no study guides.
  • I would not expect Java 9 to become mainstream for at least a few months if not longer.
  • As of September 1, 2017 you can still sign up to take the Java 6 exam and Java 6 was last updated in 2013. So Java 8 is still going to be around for some time.
  • If you go all the way from OCA Java 8 to OCP Java 8 then there may be an upgrade path to go from OCP Java 8 directly to OCP Java 9, skipping OCA Java 9.
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    Ya definitely.

    Pete Letkeman wrote:

  • The beta OCA exam for Java 8 came out about six months after Java 8. Even then there were no study guides.



  • Is it, such a long time.
     
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    D Nobels wrote:I am not the patient type ;-)
    Do you have an estimate on how long it would take to see the OCA 9 (not the Beta)?


    After they come out with the Beta exam, which anyone can take http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=182 they wait about 12 weeks before the real exam. Given this timeline and using Java 8 as an example then the approx wait time would be at least nine months.
     
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    Nobels, better to go with OCA 8 without thinking anymore
     
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    Pete Letkeman wrote:

  • If you go all the way from OCA Java 8 to OCP Java 8 then there may be an upgrade path to go from OCP Java 8 directly to OCP Java 9, skipping OCA Java 9.

  • I'd be shocked if there wasn't an upgrade exam made available. So 99% sure which is a bit stronger than "may" . (There's always been an upgrade exam)
     
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    Thanks a lot guys. I appreciate your input.
     
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