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Now as java 8 is out which exam to opt for? OCA7 or OCA8? How much extra effort would require for 8?

 
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Now as java 8 is out which exam to opt for? OCA7 or OCA8? How much extra effort would require for 8?

I have started preparing for OCA7 and reading for it as I get time out of my full time job.
However a now OCA8 exams are also out, I wonder which exam should I go for now?

I am almost half way preparing for OCA7. Now if I want to do prepare for OCA8 will it take more time?
Can I just read OCA7 book and follow video lectures of it, and then read Java8 topics from web, am I good for appearing OCA8 exam?
 
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The Java 8 version of the exam (called Java Programmer I, btw) includes using a Lambda to implement a Predicate, and some classes for the Date/Time API.

Lambas can be a bit surprising at first sight, but aren't terribly hard. The date time api is really quite easy if you don't get tricked by the immutable classes.

I'm working on an update to the video course right now. Hopefully not more than a few months away.

Cheers,
Simon
 
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That is amazing. Thanks for reply. Looks doable for exam 8 to me with these changes then .

In general my learning habit is video tutorials for any topic and not reading books........ I am glad you have developed the amazing series of videos for this exam preparation..... ..a series like this for this exam...I was looking for on the web but no success as of now..!!

Thanks again..!

Riddhi

 
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Not sure, How the winner for the OCA video series will be chosen but I really wish I win it!! It will truly help me a lot reaching my goal to earn this certificate with good score!!
 
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Riddhi Kakadia wrote:I have started preparing for OCA7 and reading for it as I get time out of my full time job.
However a now OCA8 exams are also out, I wonder which exam should I go for now?


This forum has plenty of topics about this subject. It all depends what's important to you (e.g. money, available resources,...). In this thread you'll find an overview of all possible paths (OCPJP6, OCAJP7+OCPJP7 or OCAJP8+OCPJP8) you could take to become an OCPJP certified Java programmer. And this thread also contains some valuable information about which OCA version to choose. So I would advice to read these threads and if you still have questions or doubts, just hit the reply button and let us know! But if you don't have any specific reasons, you should just go with OCAJP8.

Riddhi Kakadia wrote:I am almost half way preparing for OCA7. Now if I want to do prepare for OCA8 will it take more time?


Definitely! Because you need to search for some online resources about the additional exam objectives you'll need to know for OCA8. Here you'll find a mapping between the exam objectives for OCA7 and OCA8.

Riddhi Kakadia wrote:Can I just read OCA7 book and follow video lectures of it, and then read Java8 topics from web, am I good for appearing OCA8 exam?


Yes, of course! I think the Oracle Java Tutorials will be a very good starting point to dive into the new Java 8 features.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
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Riddhi Kakadia wrote:Not sure, How the winner for the OCA video series will be chosen but I really wish I win it!!


The computer chooses randomly 4 winners from all eligible posts (as stated in the Welcome Simon Roberts thread). So you'll definitely need some luck to win
 
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