Looks like most people recommend to go for 8i, is 8i the way to go even for those newbies trying to board the ship? Well, a little background about myself, I got laid off from a major telco a while back, I have 2 years of Unix administration experience and I am thinking of getting an OCP so that I can return to work quicker.
I am assuming that a 9i OCP can work at a 8i shop, why bother to take the 8i track then? My knowledge in Oracle is really limited, it would be nice if someone can further convince me to follow the 8i track first and then upgrade to 9i.
My Suggestion is to go for the Oracle 9i OCP Track. Technology is changing so fast and we donít know oracle may come up with new releases by the time you complete your certification process. If you are strict about completing the OCP in a limited timeframe, you can go for 8i and take 9i upgrade. If you want to do at your convenience, better go for 9i.