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 that 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.
Today was Amazon Prime Day. among other things, they have lightning sales. Our OCA 8 book was one of them.
Up to 100 people could buy a discounted copy of the book. Six people did when I checked shortly before the sale ended. I’m impressed that anyone knew about it. That or 6 people normally buy the book in the 6 hour timespan of the sale and this was random luck.
This screenshot shows our first Amazon Prime Day lightning sale. Very cool.
I read online that some Amazon sales are illusions. So I checked on Camel Camel Camel. In the last three months, the price was never lower than $29 and averaged over $30. So twenty five and change is in fact a sale. Happy Prime Day.
Jeanne and I are really excited to announce that our new book OCA / OCP Practice Tests: Exam 1Z0-808 and Exam 1Z0-809 is now shipping. In fact, we just received our copies today! The book is available in both print and digital formats from Amazon and other major book retailers. In addition, purchasing this book grants the holder access to Sybex’s interactive test bank!
This book serves as worthwhile companion to our previous two books, now available as set, The OCA / OCP Certification Kit. With this book you are really getting two books in one, as Jeanne and I packed over 1000+ questions into this text, covering both the OCA and OCP exams. To better prepare you for test day, we also threw in two simulated OCA/OCP exams. Whether your taking the OCA exam now and thinking about the OCP exam down the road, or taking the OCP exam and need a refresher on the cumulative material, this book has got you covered!
This book covers 100% of all exam objectives in these practice tests, which means you’ll be ready for:
Java basics, class design, and data types
Using decision and loop constructs
Building and using arrays
Methods, encapsulation, and inheritance
Mastering Java Streams
Working with the Date/Time API and Localization
Understanding design patterns and principles
Writing Lambda expressions and functional interfaces
Exceptions and assertions
Java File I/O (NIO.2)
Concurrency and localization
JDBC and database applications
Jeanne and I put a lot of time, energy, and planning into this new book and we really hope our reader enjoy it!