Planning and studying to write Associate level Java certification exam. Should i go for Java SE 6 or SE 7 certification ? OCA SE 7 or OCA SE 5/6 ? Please suggest and help..
A friend of mine who is SCJP holder has suggested me to currently focus only on SE 6, at both Associate and Professional level. But i have gone through and compared the course content for both Java SE 6 or SE 7 on the Oracle website. Content for SE 7 looks more promising, balanced, industry oriented and clear. So i am thinking to go for SE 7. Please provide expert guidance as to whether i should go for SE 6 or 7 and which is more fruitful considering the current scenario in development scene ? Thanks a lot...
The OCPJP6 has "no" prereq" while OCPJP7 does. For Java 7, you will need to take 2 exams to get OCPJP (OCA+OCP exams). For Java 6, the OCA is not necessary if you plan to go for "Programmer".
FYI, OCA7 is a subset of OCPJP6 plus some Java 7 new features. Yet OCA5/6 is nothing like OCPJP because the intended audience is for "junior" programmers and managers.
If your ultimate goal is Java 7 and don't have much experience then I suggest you do the Java 7 track. However, if you have quite a bit Java experience then you may want to consider OCPJP6 then do the upgrade to OCPJP7 later.