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OCP 6 to OCP 7 upgrade OR OCP 8 Upgrade

 
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I passed OCP 6 in 2011 and now working on an upgrade exam.

I am using Java 7 at work (and quite familiar with it), I thought of passing 1Z0-805 (Java 7 Upgrade), followed by 1Z0-810 (Java 7 to 8 upgrade).
Studying for Java 8 will take few months for me.

But then I noticed that Oracle has stopped SE 7 public releases since April 2015 - essentially its EOL.
Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap

Just wondering - as Java 7 is EOL - is it even worth to certify OR I should just concentrate on 1Z0-813 (Java 6 to 8 Upgrade Exam)

Thanks!
 
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Caprica,
Welcome to CodeRanch! I moved this to the cert forum for you since you accidentally posted in the wiki forum.

I recommend taking the Java 6 to 8 upgrade exam. That way you are only paying for one upgrade exam and getting yourself to current. Plus Scott & my book covers the upgrade exam so now there is study material for it . Seriously though. You have the Java 6 cert. So you can show on resumes that you are certified. Which means the value of upgrading is to show you are up to date (Java 8 helps more with that) and for personal learning (which you'll get either way.)
 
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Hi Jeanne, I am trying to prepare for the Java 8 upgrade exam (I already hold SCJP 1.4 certification from ages ago)

Will your book include sections for the upgrade exam as well? Is it possible to highlight the chapters that I would need to study?
 
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Yes. The table of contents maps what you need to read for both of the upgrade exams. We also have an appendix of additional material that is on the Java 6 to Java 8 upgrade exam, but not the "core" Java 8 exam. (Yes, there are extra topics on the upgrade exam that aren't on the main exam. Weird, we know.)
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Caprica,
Welcome to CodeRanch! I moved this to the cert forum for you since you accidentally posted in the wiki forum.

I recommend taking the Java 6 to 8 upgrade exam. That way you are only paying for one upgrade exam and getting yourself to current. Plus Scott & my book covers the upgrade exam so now there is study material for it . Seriously though. You have the Java 6 cert. So you can show on resumes that you are certified. Which means the value of upgrading is to show you are up to date (Java 8 helps more with that) and for personal learning (which you'll get either way.)



Thanks, you made it easy for me to decide.
I already purchased OCP Java 7 Book from Kathy Sierra and have been reading it. I will purchase your book too to cover Java 8 portion.
Just one question - I am very comfortable reading from PDF (on iPad and desktop). But I read on this forum somewhere that your book doesn't come with PDF. Is content in Kindle version exactly same?. Just want to make sure I will not be missing anything. Or is there way to get PDF copy?

Thanks again!
 
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Caprica,
The print book does not come with a PDF. The Kindle edition is the same as the print edition. Both come with access to the online materials (bonus exams, flashcards, etc). So if you prefer an e-book, you should buy the e-book .

With respect to K&B 7, that is an excellent book. You might find the table on this page to be useful. It shows which objectives you can read from a Java 7 book. That way you can see what parts of K&B 7 to read.
 
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