OCA / OCP 8 Programmer Certification Kit NOW SHIPPING!

certkit Jeanne and I thrilled to announce that our publisher, Wiley Sybex, has released our two Java 8 Study Guides together as a Java 8 Certification Kit! The Java 8 Certification Kit is now shipping! The Java 8 Certification Kit includes the following two books and is a 30% saving over buying them individually:

Between the two books, the Java 8 Certification Kit includes a total of:

  • More than 350 Review Questions
  • 40 Assessment Questions to evaluate your skill level
  • 6 Practice Exams (3 for OCA 8, 3 for OCP 8) totaling more than 300 questions
  • More than 450 Flash Cards
  • 2 Searchable Glossaries

If you want to become an Oracle Certified Professional, the Java 8 Certification Kit contains everything you need to complete the 1Z0-808 Exam and the 1Z0-809 Exam!

If you already hold a Java OCP 7 certification, the Java 8 Certification Kit will also help you pass the 1Z0-810 Exam. Finally, if you hold a Oracle or Sun Certification for Java 6 or older, the Java 8 Certification Kit provides a good refresher for everything you missed in the OCA 8 exam and contains an additional appendix to help you pass the 1Z0-813 Exam.

irs’ IPPIN problems

Krebs reported that the IRS suspended online lookup of your six digit IPPIN. I agree that was the least secure part of the process and earlier in the month wrote:

Next, I had to answer four questions to confirm my identity. Two had an answer of “n/a” just like the annual credit report system. I don’t think this is overly difficult for the bad guys to get past nor does Krebbs. In fact, the best way to protect yourself against this is to sign up so your identity already has an account and nobody else can sign up for you.

This problem was avoidable though. The IRS should have required people to register for an online account or at least supplying an email when signing up for the mailed PIN in the first place. That way they know who the account is supposed to belong to.

After all, someone would get a message that the account was already created if someone tried to steal my IPPIN. (Don’t bother, I’ve already submitted my taxes.)

The IRS said they will be using a different system next year. Curious to see what they do given you can’t opt out of IPPIN!

Oracle re-scores BETA OCP 8 Exam!

Oops!Oracle offered a beta version of the Oracle Certified Professional, Java 8 Programmer, exam number 1Z1-809, last spring. Approximately 11-weeks after the beta exam ended, they released the score reports in August 2015. As anyone who has taken a beta exam probably knows, there are often questions and objectives on the exam that are not finalized and even contain errors, which is why it takes so long to score.

We are receiving a number of reports than in January 2016, approximately 8 months after the exam ended, users who took the beta OCP 8 1Z1-809 exam are now receiving a completely different score. In at least one case, a user who previously failed the exam got a bump 10%+ points and is now shown as passing the exam.

While slight changes to scores of beta exams is nothing new, the time between the exam and the re-scoring, as well as the size of the adjustment, are definitely quite bizarre. If you did take this exam, we recommend logging into Oracle CertView to see if your score has changed.