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when will the java 9 (or 18.9) OCA/OCP cert be available

October 15th, 2017 by Jeanne Boyarsky

At CodeRanch, we frequently encounter the question, “should I take the OCA/OCP 8 certification exam or wait for the Java 9 cert to come out. My answer is to take the Java 8 cert. It could be a long wait for Java “9” certs.

Two months ago, I posted a comment┬áthat I’d be shocked if the OCP 9 was out by mid-2018:

  • March 18, 2014 – Java8 released
  • August 31, 2014 – OCA 8 beta opens
  • April 28, 2015 – OCP 8 beta opens

Granted the Java 8 exam had a lot more changes than the Java 9 exam will have. Especially on the OCP. So it shouldn’t take AS LONG for Java 9. But I would be shocked if the OCP 9 was out the middle of next year.

That was before the announcement of a 6 month release cycle for Java with a long term release every three years. The roadmap lists Java 9 and Java 18.3 as being non-long term support releases with the first one coming out in September 2018 with Java 18.9.

I imagine Oracle would update the cert with 18.9. It makes sense to do it after the results of a re-branding. It makes sense to do it when things are more stable. I feel like Java 9 is still “figuring out” Jigsaw and there will be changes by then. I also thing they are going to tie the cert to the long term support releases. It’s a lot of work to update the cert and doing that every 6 months seems like something they won’t undertake.

But no worries. The Java 6 cert still exists so it isn’t like the Java 8 one is getting pulled out from under us!

Disclaimer: I do not work for Oracle nor is this post based on anything Oracle has said. It represents my opinion.




zooming in on the mac

October 15th, 2017 by Jeanne Boyarsky

At my JavaOne Session on mutation testing, I needed to show both code and “other materials” to a large room on the Mac.

In Eclipse

Increasing the font size for the editor pane in Eclipse is easy. Cmd = makes the code bigger and Cmd – makes the code smaller.


I also needed to show the problems view and the report. For this, I used the magnifying glass.

The initial set up was

  • Settings
  • Accessibility
  • Zoom
  • Check “Use Scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom. I had mine set to control for the modifier, but you can change this.

Then I could zoom in on anything by holding control and moving two fingers away from me (up) on the trackpad.

To get rid of the magnifier is also easy; just hold control and two finger scroll down.

Speaking at JavaOne!

October 8th, 2017 by Jeanne Boyarsky

This year was my first visit to JavaOne and I got to go as a speaker! This wasn’t my first year applying, but it was my first year being accepted. If you are looking for my live blog posts, see the table of contents.


In addition to the usual (summary/abstract and bio), you had to submit a description of the session. You also had to submit a video of you speaking. I used the Mutation Testing talk from the NY Java User Group.

Getting accepted

On July 28th, I got an email saying my “JUnit 5 Hands On Lab” was accepted and I had two weeks to accept/decline. (I know people who got accepted two weeks earlier so I had originally thought I was rejected rather than being in “Phase 2.”) Then in later August, I got accepted for my “Intro to Mutation Testing” talk. This was about 5 weeks before the conference; luckily the mutation testing talk already existed and just needed minor edits/review. The on August 25th, I got the date/time of my sessions. Here’s my two sessions!

Picking Sessions

Before the conference, you have the opportunity to pre-register for sessions. Some fill up; especially hands on labs. If you don’t pre-register for a session, you can still try to attend off a physical wait list. But you get in earlier (and guaranteed) if you sign up. If a session got cancelled or changed rooms after pre-registering, you also got an email.

Getting Ready

I had done the mutation testing session before (well a shorter version of it). The JUnit 5 lab was new. It was fun to write. Like writing a chapter in a book (see it in github). But easier because I’d get to meet my audience. Steve Moyer from Penn State University and his two teammates offered to help me proctor the lab. This was immensely helpful. I practice both sessions a few times. Then I was ready!

There was some confusion about the Hands On Lab. Originally we were told that all labs would use VMs. After setting up my VM and submitting it, they said JavaOne sessions would use attendee laptop. Oh well, at least I got to play with Windows 10.

At the event

I got there and saw Duke inviting us in. Well, a cardboard Duke!

I also saw the JavaOne bookstore and took pictures with Scott and my books. I even went back later to see them with less books there.

Oh, and outside the conference, I rode a Segway. First time on a city street.

During a JUnit 5 session, Steve Moyer plugged my session:

And then there were my sessions:










After hours, I was on the winning team at IBM’s escape room with Sai (from the NY Java Sig) and three people we just met from Canada.

And of course I got to give Duke a hug!

After the conference
Shortly after each session, you could see the number of people who came to your session. I was at room capacity (or one under) for both sessions. I had a physical wait list line for both. For the JUnit 5 lab, someone even got on line 30 minutes early to ensure he’d get in!

In about a month, we get feedback from attendee surveys. Neither of my rooms was in a room with a thumbs up/side/down button so I’ll only get feedback from those who filled out the survey online. I got good feedback out loud though!