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I just ordered the OCA/P Java SE8 book by Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff.  FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Javaranch helped me to earn my Java 1.4 SCJP certification.  Is there an award for being old?

I have been limping along with my ancient skill set for the past three years since I started coding in java again.  Where I work now we use Java 8.  I'd like to update my certification...better late than never...and my skill set.

Do you think it is wise to pursue the Java SE8 cert instead of the Java SE11 cert?  Especially when you consider that my poor old brain is having loads of troubles comprehending functional programming.  I think that studying modules might put me over the edge.

On top of my ancient skillset woes, I have been struggling for three years to utilize OSGi without jumping off a bridge.  There have been some close calls.
 
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Robin Z. Clark wrote:Is there an award for being old?


Well, one big reward of getting old(er) is knowing that you actually survived many of the same challenges that some of these younger folks are dealing with today, some of whom might not even make it past those challenges.

I'd say pursue what you're comfortable pursuing. In all honesty, I used my certification as a motivational tool to learn, not so much as a way to validate that I knew my stuff. There are a lot of uncertified programmers out there who know a heck of a lot more than I do. That's not to say the certifications are useless, they're not; but make sure you're not just memorizing but really understanding the concepts you're being tested on.
 
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Well, I upgraded from 1.4 to 8 a couple of years ago: I´m not that young either.
I also remember expecting modules for the Java 7 release so many years ago ...
If you can do it before February, it is your last chance for an upgrade (vs the 2 exams).
I found the upgrade a bit harder than a normal one (we used to just take 1 exam then for 1.4) as the basic stuff is gone.
Some of the new stuff is not that hard though, and I did learn functional programming in the 90s.

I say go for it! (I took 1 month of preparation, about 4h per day)
 
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I read in one of the faqs that you needed to take 808 and 809 instead of the upgrade exam if you were certified in a release prior to 6.

If it is true that you can upgrade from 1.4 to 8, then that would be a better (cheaper) path for me.
 
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Join the club, used to work on mainframes, with tape decks, the old reel to reel mag tapes, punch cards, Winchester hard drives with every terminal and printer hard wired down walls, under floors into the back of a CPU, whilst pulling my hair out trying to learn COBOL.

My brain seems to be stuck in the 1980's where technology is concerned, but it's getting used to Java and SQL.

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