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Brandye Barrington
Sr. Program Manager

Howdy, Pardner. Have you moseyed over to JavaRanch lately? Pull up a stool at the OCJA or OCJP Wall of Fame and tell your tale or peruse the tales of others. 

Ok - I'm not so great at the cowboy talk, but if you're serious about a Java career and haven't visited JavaRanch, you are missing out! 

JavaRanch, a self-proclaimed "friendly place for Java greenhorns [beginners]" was created in 1997 by Kathy Sierra, co-author of at least 5 Java guides for Oracle Press. The ranch was taken over in subsequent years by Paul Wheaten who continues to run this space today.

In addition to a robust collection of discussion forums about all things Java, JavaRanch provides resources to learn and practice Java, book recommendations, and resources to create your first Java program and test your Java skills.

One of our favorite features of JavaRanch remains the Walls of Fame! This is where you can read the personal experiences of other candidates certified on Java. Learn from their processes and their mistakes. Be inspired by their accomplishments. Share your own experience. 

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Mikalai Sunday, May 20, 2018
    Hi Brandye,
    It's nice to see name check of CodeRanch (ex. JavaRanch) web site here. Indeed great resource.

    Could you share more details on Java EE 7 exams plans? And new Java SE exams (whatever version it would be, perhaps, 11)

  • Brandye Barrington Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Hi Mikalai,
    I am happy to let you know that Java EE 7 exam will be released in the next few days. Stay tuned!

    I don't have any definitive info about a new Java SE cert at this time.

    Brandye Barrington
  • Gábor Kövesdán Thursday, June 21, 2018
    I hold all of the earlier (Java SE 6 and Java EE 5) certifications and I quite enjoyed studying them. However, seems like the certification program is discontinued. For Java EE, the last certs are for Java EE 6 despite Java EE 7 being quite aged now... And recently, Oracle dropped Java EE completely. And as for Java SE, Java 10 is out and the last exmas are for Java SE 8. No beta exams either. Seems like Oracle lost interest in Java certifications. Also, probably companies test the candidates themselves to check skills in practice. Java certs have definitely lost importance lately.
  • Brandye Barrington Thursday, June 21, 2018
    I can understand how you might come to that conclusion, but I can assure you that nothing is further from the truth. Our exams are currently a little behind the product releases, but we are absolutely committed to Java Certifications. I'll pass your concerns along to the exam manager. Thanks for your feedback!

    You may have noticed that the recently released EE 7 certification path has been updated. Prior certification is no longer required in order to earn the certification. We're reviewing Java Certification path requirements to ensure that certification steps are relevant and accessible.

    Brandye Barrington
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