Presenting vs interacting online

Today I ‘presented” at the NYC Scrum User Group on “Remote Agile Games“. I’ve been avoiding presenting remotely. I did do a panel. Today wasn’t bad. I think the key reasons were

  • It wasn’t a lecture
  • No slides (or code). Just me and the audience.
  • Enough people were on video
  • Part of it was a game (so I wasn’t speaking)
  • The audience participated, shared experiences, etc

All this made it feel like a conversation. Which isn’t draining the way an online presentation is.

how to sign up for an oracle java certification exam

Oracle changed the process for signing up for a test in person. (If you want to take an exam online from home, read up in carefully. For example, this blog post. It wasn’t immediately clear to me how to register for in person, so I wrote it down.

Get to exam portal

  1. Go to https://certview.oracle.com
  2. Click “Log into Cert View”
  3. Enter username/password (sign up for an account if you don’t have one)
  4. Click “Manage Exam at Pearson | VUE” (note that you do not log into PearsonVUE at any time. – in the past, you did)

Select info

  1. Search for your exam. If you know the number (ex: “819”), enter that. Otherwise, you can search for “Java” to see all the choices
  2. Enter your address to search
  3. Choose up to three sites by checking the checkboxes
  4. Choose a time.
  5. Pay

Oracle support EOL for Java LTS versions

The current end of life support dates are interesting. I extracted some dates from the official support table to make it easier to see this.

VersionGeneral AvailabilityPRemiereExtended
77/117/197/22
83/143/2210/30
119/189/239/26
179/219/269/29

First of all, extended support for Java 7 is less than a year away. You aren’t still on Java 7, right? 🙂

Second, premiere support for Java 11 ends later than Java 8. However, extended support for Java 8 ends way later. This is interesting. I guess Oracle recognizes it is harder to move off Java 8 than other versions?