By evachase-Oracle on Nov 20, 2015
Recently, I had an online conversation with a few Java certified members of one of our LinkedIn groups. The conversation started because Oracle didn’t distribute the new Digital Badges for certifications on retired or expired version releases. It was playfully suggested that this was a ‘marketing scam’. I cringed at first; because it could be perceived as a scam. But the reality is, outdated certifications don’t hold that much value.
Technology is changing. The world is different than it was in 2005 and our jobs have evolved to adapt to these changes. Java has changed. “Java 8 was released on 18 March 2014” according to Wikipedia. Before we know it, it will be 2 full years since Java 8 was released! If you're interested in reading more on the version history of Java, you can find it here.
I Google'd Java Skills in Demand 2015 and wasn’t surprised to see what was returned. We already know the demand is high for java programming skills. One of the links though stood out for me. I really liked what Katie Bouwkamp said in The Most In Demand Programming Languages 2015 “…it’s important to be well-versed in a number of programming languages so you can be versatile and adaptable – and then continue to learn/master languages throughout your career.”
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