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OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-803) 2nd Edition

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Oracle Press
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071789421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071789424
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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