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Hi

I can see from a quick browse that people are still taking the J2EE certifications (such as this one). As someone who has come to Java from a heavy database background (I have pro certifications in Oracle SQL and PL/SQL) I would love to do maybe the JPA to marry my db and Java knowledge but when I see "recent" threads in which people say "passed with xx% today" and then see that the thread is SIX years old it makes me think, surely this stuff is really out of date now. Is that right? Is it better to do something else instead? Spring seems to be taking over the world...

I'd really appreciate some advice, b/c I have no idea as to how relevant all the EE6 stuff is, but with software development seemingly moving faster and faster, it just feels weird that people are taking cert exams that are over six years old.
So is the JPA still worth studying for, and what about the other EE certs?

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Well, I don't have a lot of use for certifications myself, but JPA is very much alive and well. I use it for almost all my Java database needs.

So if you collect certs, there are worse ones to have.

Oh. Sorry. JPA is what I use for SQL databases. It was never designed nor intended for the "Big Data" NoSQL world where non-relational databases like MongoDB live, nor for non-SQL relationship databases like Neo4j. I do prefer Spring Data to drive them (as well as to drive JPA).
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:Well, I don't have a lot of use for certifications myself, but JPA is very much alive and well. I use it for almost all my Java database needs.

So if you collect certs, there are worse ones to have.

Oh. Sorry. JPA is what I use for SQL databases. It was never designed nor intended for the "Big Data" NoSQL world where non-relational databases like MongoDB live, nor for non-SQL relationship databases like Neo4j. I do prefer Spring Data to drive them (as well as to drive JPA).



Hi, thanks for answering.
I understand that JPA is still used; what I'm wondering is, is the JPA that's in the certification still relevant to the JPA that's used "in the field"?  
My concern is that I go and learn a load of stuff (and you have to learn a *lot* for these things) that's no longer relevant in the field, in which case I would've misspent many hundreds of hours of time studying, revising, plus the cost and stress of sitting the exam itself.

Actually I just went and took a look and was surprised to see J8 was launched in 2014. So maybe these certs are not that out of date after all.
Do you have any thoughts on this?

Thanks.
 
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I did the certification recently and I can tell you that it is still relevant. The exam is about JPA 2.0 and that is still what we use in my company.

Apart from that, if you do the EE6 certification (JPA 2.0), it will be easy to learn JPA 2.x (where x > 0) because most of the specs remain the same.
 
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Frits Walraven wrote:I did the certification recently and I can tell you that it is still relevant. The exam is about JPA 2.0 and that is still what we use in my company.

Apart from that, if you do the EE6 certification (JPA 2.0), it will be easy to learn JPA 2.x (where x > 0) because most of the specs remain the same.



That's great to hear. I have been really struggling for what to do after I get my Java certs. Now I have a default next target, unless I can think of something better in the meantime.

Thanks very much.
 
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