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    November 20, 2015

Is Out of Date Really Out of Luck?

Eva Chase
Global, Sr. Marketing Manager

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  But the reality is, outdated certifications don’t hold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

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.”

You can make certain you continue to
learn and master your skill by k
eeping your certification current.  If you hold an out-of-date certification (Java SE7, SE6 or
older)  upgrade now with one exam to SE8.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Matthew Morris Monday, November 23, 2015

    One of my upcoming articles for Certification Magazine is on this very topic. It won't be published for a few months, though. There are several in the pipeline before it (and I have not completed the final draft in any event). However, it deals with aging credentials and the difficulty in deciding to let go even after certifications have lost their relevance in the marketplace.

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