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OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-803) (Oracle Press) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Finegan , Robert Liguori
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Proven Study System for Oracle Certified Associate Exam 1Z0-803

Prepare for the Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer I exam with help from this exclusive Oracle Press guide. In each chapter, you'll find challenging exercises, practice questions, a two-minute drill, and a chapter summary to highlight what you've learned. Thisauthoritative guide will help you pass the test and will also serve as your essential on-the-job reference. Get complete coverage of all OCA objectives for exam 1Z0-803, including:

  • Packaging, compiling, and interpreting Java code
  • Programming with Java statements
  • Programming with Java operators and strings
  • Working with basic classes and variables
  • Understanding variable scope and class construction
  • Programming with arrays
  • Understanding class inheritance
  • Understanding polymorphism and casts
  • Handling exceptions
  • Working with classes and their relationships

Electronic content includes:

  • One full practice exam
  • Detailed answers and explanations
  • Score report performance assessment tool
  • Free with online registration:
  • Bonus exam

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About the Author

Edward Finegan, SCJP, is a senior Java software developer and is currently working in the casino industry developing gaming software. He has past experience in aerospace radar data commutation and artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning algorithms.

Robert Liguori, SCJP has been a senior software engineer since 1996 and is currently the lead developer for several Java-based air traffic management applications. He is the President of the Atlantic City Java User Group.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13919 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 2 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ERUN5W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid resource minus a few caveats January 19, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Truthfully, I was initially impressed with the book and its overall presentation style. All of which flew out of the window as I continued to encounter errors that any competent reviewer with knowledge of the content should have caught, specifically chapters 1, 2, and 3 [where I stopped].

The level of frustration with this text increased as I began to develop flash cards, obviously, the devil is in the details, and the reader is paying a lot more attention at this point. Therefore, before I got too far, I took a quick break and downloaded the errata for the book - confidence instantly shaken. It was not only the amount of errors listed that pissed me off, but also how many per chapter, and the type of errors found.

Sure, everyone expects an errata list with any technical book, that's the norm unfortunately. However, one could only hope that any reviewer(s) is vigilant enough to ensure the majority of errors were kept to a minimum, while taking into account the nature of the text.

That said some of you reading this might be Professionals like myself with limited time. Therefore, having to peruse an errata list with amount of errors and the type of errors contained is counter-productive to the task-at-hand and unacceptable.

Furthermore, and this really raised a brow considering I bought the eBook for Kindle. The errata for this text was last updated on 12/18/2012 [Errata Sheet (Revision 1.2.0 - 12/18/12)]. Why after a month are new customers, those purchasing the digital version being subjected to the current offering that is obviously sub-par?

Bottom-line: For what could have been a stellar book, I would advise to look elsewhere if you planned on buying the digital version.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many errors and poor presentation of material January 31, 2013
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I had originally bought the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. That is an excellent, well-written book. I was waiting for their new version of this book for Java 7 to be published, but its not available until April 2013, so I bought this book instead to give me a head start in preparation. This book feels like it was rushed out to make a buck.
1. There are many errors in this book. The link to the errata is here: [...]
2. Poor presentation of material. e.g. pg 264 about concrete classes and abstract classes: "Concrete classes are the basic, normal class, where as abstract classes are tied to inheritance".
3. The questions and material don't go to the depth that other guides such as the ones by Sierra/Bates and Deshmukh go into.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very mediocre book August 10, 2013
By Rajesh
I started off my preparation for the OCAJP7 exam with this book. Initially, since I had not done a lot of research on the books available for this exam, I was content with the description in the book. But as I went along, I started to realize that there was something missing in the book.
The chapters miss a lot of details, which would have helped my understanding of the concepts being explained. I had to revert back to SCJP5 by Kathy and Bert, to understand things, and come back to this book. And that got annoying after a while. Just for example, the difference between creating a String through a String literal and through a new String object, was not explained in the book to a good level. We expect such basics to be covered in detail for such an exam. If I knew these details, did I even need a book?
A book should be complete in itself, and this book was not complete. I was wondering if this book would even get me through the exam.
Luckily I found Mala Gupta's book on the exam through a colleague, and boy, I loved that book in one go.

Anyway, after I studied the latter book, and was ready to give some mock exams, I thought of giving this book another chance. I tried it's first mock exam. And believe me, but I was disappointed big time once again.
The questions were so basic, so ridiculously out of syllabus that I could not dare wasting my time on this book anymore.
I purchased a kindle version of Hanumant Deshmukh's practice exams, and what a set of mock exams he has there. Top class.

Coming back to this book, I do not find even a single reason to use this book, when it has no good content, and no good mock exams.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I took the Java SE 7 Programmer I 1ZO-803 exam on 01/03/2013 and passed. The book is a good guide as to what to expect but the exam will still throw you some loops. I would not advise taking the exam if you don't have Java experience beyond what you learn in this book. The book covers a lot of ground and I think does a good job of explaining what you need to know for the parts of the exam that the book covers. You will definitely need to do all of the self tests (I did them multiple times) and spend a lot of time with the Java API...also the exercises in each chapter help to reinforce what you have just learned. The CD contains a sample exam which will help you learn to pace yourself when taking the real exam...you can easily spend too much time on questions and then realize that half of your allotted time is used up and you still have 50 questions to go! The main thing is to read/practice/read again/practice again. I would encourage users of the book to avoid using an IDE and type everything into a textpad document (or whichever editor you like for your O.S.) and compile/run all programs from the command line. IDE's do too much for you which if you're studying for a cert exam...can be a bad thing...IDE's are good at work...just not for study.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The actual test had only 8-10 % theory questions. ...
The actual test had only 8-10 % theory questions. Most of the questions are code samples. This guide focuses more on theory and doesn't provide enough practice questions.
Published 12 days ago by Lana Kalashnyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 2 months ago by Muneer Seraj
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Jorge
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent second source - find other exam questions.
A primer for the 1ZO-803 exam. It covers the essential objectives fairly well. The biggest negative of this book is the mock exam questions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Wilbourn
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than useless
Although I have purchased numerous books through Amazon this is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review. This book is worse than useless. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Hilly
1.0 out of 5 stars The book seems quite weak. It is my opinion. But, may be, it is so...
The book seems quite weak. It is my opinion. But, may be, it is so with comparing to the book of Kathy Sierra.
Published 5 months ago by Vladimir
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Lots of grammatical errors
Published 6 months ago by Dianne
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors in this book
This book sadly has too many errors. An errata is available, but totally outdated.
Today, September 17, 2014, the newest errata which is available is from December 18, 2012... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A.L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Crap book, nothing to see here, move along
Have to say, I am very disappointed with this book, especially as it is an Oracle press book. I expected much better quality (Oracle, if you are listening, take note of Cisco... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brendan Swift
1.0 out of 5 stars This book WONT help you get certified! Dont buy!
This book is not worth the money. I read all the chapters in the book and took a sample exam on enthuware site (with 7 questions) and failed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mother Nature
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