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OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) (Certification Press) 1st Edition

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Kathy Sierra was a co-developer of the SCJP exam and the SCEA exam. She was also a master trainer for Sun Educational Services, where she taught Java instructors. Kathy’s full-time job since 1998 has been to help others learn Java and prepare for the SCJP exam, and she also is also the sole founder of the world’s largest Java certification web site, Javaranch.com. Kathy has worked for Sun Educational Services worldwide headquarters in the course development, customer training, and certification departments.

Bert Bates is a Sun Certified Programmer for Java and has been developing software for the last 20 years. He has participated in the development of the SCJP, SCEA, and SCWCD exams. He has also been teaching software development, including Java programming, for many years, with a particular interest and background in artificial intelligence.

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Product Details

  • Series: Certification Press
  • Hardcover: 888 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071772006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071772006
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I took the OCA7 last year and got 85%. Some of the questions were hideously tricky, and from what I've seen so far in this book is that the self-test questions at the end of each chapter are as hard (or even a bit harder) than the real exam. In the exam, being 3 hours (or whatever it was) I didn't think I'd be under time pressure but I was somewhat - I did finish in time but couldn't check and revise my answers as much as I would've liked to. I would advise not to even think about doing OCAP unless you've done substantial preparation with this book then plenty of hard practice tests such as Enthuware. For the OCA I had the Liquori/Finegan book and although great and definitely worth buying, it simply doesn't cover all that is needed. But having said that, a book covering every trap and corner case would perhaps run to 2000 pages?

For a progressive approach, maybe do Liquori/Finegan (for the OCA) Ganesh/Sharma (for the OCP) first, then move up to this
Sierra/Bates book.

Well I'm now prepping for the OCP7. I have Ganesh/Sharma and am nearing the end of that book (up to the Threads chapter). It's great and I would give it 5 stars too - despite its errors. Ganesh/Sharma's book is worth buying for some of the examples alone (e.g. I/O is very well explained). With this Sierra/Bates monolith, I'm starting right from the beginning to refresh the OCA stuff and currently up to chapter 4. It's so thorough and feels absolutely complete, with explanations often (and very appropriately) being repeated and re-explained to really hammer the points in. The self tests were difficult (as expected) and in Ch.1 I got 3 wrong, Ch.2, 5 wrong and Ch.3, 4 wrong. Like they say in the book - good for 'toughening up' for the real exams.
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I have the Headfirst Java written by Kathy Sierra too and I LOOOVED that book. If you are planning to pass the OCJA exam, this is an excellent book for reviewing important Java concepts relevant to the exam.
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I actually ordered this book from Amazon and waited almost two years to get it - and it is worth the wait! If you are looking to tune/upskill your Java knowledge to take the current Java SE 7 exam there isn't a better study guide. I appreciate the author's work in taking contributions from multiple technical contributors and distilling the well written text that came out. Oracle Press did a great job in producing the book and the accompanying CDROM.
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I used this to prepare for both the OCA & OCP exams and it was tremendously helpful. The writing got a bit more arcane in the OCP section, but that makes sense since the topics covered were more complex. All in all, this is well worth the purchase price for those preparing for either exam.
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Don't buy this book with the expectation it will teach you all you need to know. It's light on the either side of the testing series, but overall it's excellent. I absolutely appreciated the levity in the book though, and will hold on to it for the future.
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I have purchased several books over the years, I am difficult to please in that I want a fast rhythm, something cohesive and a good research book. I bought this book primarily as research and to get a bit more into Java (background is assembly, C, C++). So far I went thru part I and some chapters in part II. The book starts off with the background what is needed for the exam, I think this might be a good part to become online material considering that it can change at any time but its fine to glance over it. I have to say that I was very impressed when the actual content started. It actually had the rhythm and cohesiveness which is difficult for a study guide. I skipped forward to some chapters in part II and was happy to be able to understand them very easily after completing part I. So if you need a study guide or want to learn Java with a dev background I think you cannot go wrong with this book.
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I have to say, this book was a godsend. As far as preparing for the OCA level certification goes, it works. Everything is laid out in a very orderly, understandable way, and I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of jargon. Everything was very easy to understand, and really got me understanding the concepts. The questions at the end of each chapter are nice, and the included CD has some practice tests--but the CD is probably the weakest part of the book.

I passed the OCA Java SE 7 test with a 90%. I recommend reading through a chapter once to get a general understanding of how everything works together. Then read that chapter a second time, taking notes this time, before moving on to the next chapter. Although unrelated, I highly recommend enthuware's practice exams--if you read through this book and then work through enthuware's practice exams, there's no way you can't pass!

All in all, a very excellently written book and deserves 5 stars just for that. I just wish the included CD was more inline with what Enthuware offers. If you're taking the OCA exam, get this book!
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Content is thorough and well presented. The writing is particularly clear. I looked at this and a few other recommended books from the javaranch site. This one is the best by far. I am using this as my primary guide, and I just use google when more esoteric topics arise or when i need further clarification. Only complaint with the Kindle edition is the lack of page numbers. But still well worth the money.
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