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Oca/ocp Java Se 7 Programmer I & Ii Study Guide (Exams 1z0-803 & 1z0-804) Paperback – January 1, 2014
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- Publisher : MC GRAW HILL INDIA; 1st edition (January 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9339218442
- ISBN-13 : 978-9339218447
- Item Weight : 3 pounds
- Dimensions : 18.5 x 3.82 x 24.02 inches
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I finally decided that I needed to buy this book and start learning what the Universities weren't teaching me. I have to say, I really wish that I would have done this long ago. The information in this book feels so complete, and it's in a very easy to understand format. The authors did a fantastic job with taking something so complex and making it feel easy.
The first couple of chapters, IMO, were worth the cost of the entire book. That's where they're talking about access modifiers (default, public, protected, private), inheritence, polymorphism, and casting among other things. I feel as though I know REALLY DO know Java.
I also bought access to Enthuware's tests, and that is a SUPERB deal (around $10.00). I would HIGHLY recommend buying this book AND Enthuware's tests.
I redid the book practice tests and used them as a study guide again (it had been a few weeks since I took them the first time). I then took the first computer practice test which comes with the book and used it to study and write small programs (you probably see a pattern). I think I did the book tests one more time, studied and then took the second computer test. I studied some more and retook the first computer test, studied and retook the second computer test. I then ordered enthuware tests and thought they were great. I took and studied about three of them and then took the hard test the day before I was scheduled for the real thing.
I would recommend Kathy & Bert's book to anyone. I think following up with Mala's book also was a good idea. I wish I had left myself more time to read all of it. Enthuware is great. I do think it should be the last thing you do but allow some time to take all 6. I would take most of a day to take a test and then go over the results. I did them during my spring break and took my test on Friday of spring break. There weren't any questions I said "what are they talking about?". The whole process gave me a much better understanding of OOP and Java. Thanks again for all of your help!
Reading this book alone is not enough for preparing exam, you have to practice couple of model test in order to fully prepare. I scored 65 (feb 17, 2017) in the test, I skip some of the selection from second book which could helped me to increase the score specially it hunts me that I skip objective section, but I have done enough to get the certificate. One more thing but its not that significant, I have practice with 70 questions per test as provided by second book and in exam it came with 80 questions, little unexpected so it clearly required update but if I have gone though all of its section I would not be saying this.
I am plaining to go with the same route for IZO-804 for the next step, read this book and do some model test, of course with update model test exam .
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There are, as other reviewers have said, many errors in the book but if you go to
you'll find the errata there.
Onto the book, it has one primary aim, to help you pass the exams, and you need to have some knowledge of Java. You should know how to write, compile and run simple java programs before you start with this book. It won't make you a complete java programmer but it will give you a heck of a good start. But it is not the place to start learning Java.
I found some of the questions in the oca exam a bit too obfuscated and tortuous, the test makers are really really mean imo. If you read this book you'll get a good feel for the people behind the questions and some clue as to how they think and more importantly, lots of tips for the traps and tricks the extremely evil examiners use. Oh and the two authors of the book also set questions in the real exams, so it seems sensible to listen to them. It also has a few test exams on CD. I strongly recommend you do them before you even think of booking an exam. You will get a good feel for just how devilish the exam is.
I have over 10 computing professional certifications, these exams are some of the meanest, it's like they almost don't want you to pass. However this book should help. Give it a go, it's worth it just for the exams on the CD, plus a few laughs while you read.
The book is written in a great way, is shows you examples, explains all the complex details of JAVA with much simplicity and have a really cool humor. If you would asked me, I would definitely recommend it, although it has a really big down side.
You must be really careful with the exercises, both the CD and the book have erroneous solutions which is a real bummer, you always have to be careful when to trust an answer, and many time I have to check the answer by compiling a program on a Java IDE.
As Java 1.7 is being superseded by 1.8, I'd suggest waiting for a 1.8 certification book / user guide rather that going for the 1.7 version.