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OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 Paperback – 22 Jan 2015
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Covers 100% of exam objectives, including developing Java applications, becoming proficient in Java data types, mastering operators and decision control structures, understanding encapsulation, class inheritance, polymorphism, and much more...
Includes interactive online learning environment and study tools with:
+ 3 custom practice exams
+ More than 200 Electronic Flashcards
+ Searchable key term glossary
Your complete guide to helping you pass the OCA Exam 1Z0–808
The OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide is your one–stop resource for complete coverage of Exam 1Z0–808. This Sybex Study Guide covers 100% of all exam objectives. You ll prepare for the exam smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to superior content including, assessment tests that check exam readiness, objective map, real–world scenarios, hands–on exercises, key topic exam essentials and challenging chapter review questions. Reinforce what you have learned with the Sybex exclusive interactive online learning environment, accessible across multiple devices. Get prepared for the OCA exam with Sybex.
Coverage of 100% of all exam objectives in this Study Guide means you ll be ready for:
- Developing Java applications
- Becoming proficient in Java data types
- Mastering operators and decision control structures
- Constructing primitive and dynamic arrays
- Directing flow with loop mechanisms
- Defining methods, abstract and concrete classes, and interfaces
- Understanding encapsulation, class inheritance, and polymorphism
- Throwing and catching Java exceptions
- Working with the new Java 8 Local Date and Time API
- Introducing the new Java 8 Lambda predicate expressions
Interactive learning environment
Take your exam prep to the next level with Sybex s superior interactive online study tools. To access our learning environment, simply visit http://www.sybex.com/go/ocajavase8, type in your unique PIN and instantly gain access to:
- Interactive online test bank with 3 practice exams, covering Exam 1Z0–808. Practice exams help you identify areas you need to study more. Get more than 90% of the answers correct, and you re ready to take the certification exam. 180 questions total!
- More than 200 Electronic Flashcards to reinforce learning and last minute prep before the exam
- Comprehensive glossary in PDF format gives you instant access to the key terms so you are fully prepared
About the Author
Jeanne Boyarsky, OCA/OCP, has worked as a Java developer for a bank in NYC for 12 years where she develops, mentors and conducts training. In her free time, she is a senior moderator at CodeRanch and works on the forum code base. Scott Selikoff, SCJP, has been a professional Java Enterprise developer for over 15 years. He currently operates Selikoff Solutions, LLC, which provides software consulting services to businesses in the tri–state New York City area.
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The book is very well written and the questions do their very best to catch you out which really helps build your understanding of how the code actually works. Definitely recommended. And hopefully I'll be doing the exam soon.
I read it twice and passed the exam with 90% from the first try.
First issue that I have is that some subject areas don't feel very well explained. I was a bit confused with the section on immutability and didn't really understand why Strings were immutable. Luckily we have the internet and I could just Google it, but I feel it needed more explanation within the book that tries to teach you the fundamentals. It might be a bit picky, but it is a personal preference so take it with a pinch of salt.
Also I do feel that some end of chapter questions feel like they have been plucked out of thin air to be purposefully difficult, so that you would have to read the explanation at the back of the book. The book does state that its questions and mock exams are more difficult than the ones found on the actual exam, but there are some questions that I have encountered which had no prior explanation. For example, one question on do-while loops had a "gotcha" that I had not been told about and made me feel a bit cheated. Again, it's a personal preference.
But the biggest problem with this book is the sheer amount of typos and mistakes. I'm fortunate enough to notice a few inconsistencies in the code and text presented to spot them and account for them, but someone who is new to Java could easily overlook these mistakes and can take them to be fact. For instance, the book describes the method signature for toLowerCase() to be "String toLowerCase(String str)" when in actual fact the code example below it does not use the string parameter. I could go on an on with all the errors I have seen thus far, but I'll just say that this page [selikoff.net/java-oca-8-programmer-i-study-guide] so far highlights all the reported bugs and there are a fair few, some in the mock exams themselves. I read this book most of the time at my desk where I can keep the page open and double check if what I had spotted is an error or not. It is a bit of a bad experience reading and always being suspicious about what I am reading, but I already bought this book, so I might as well make the most of it. After finishing with this book, I will purchase the Enthuware software which has lots of mock exams to practice for the exam. I would recommend you do the same.
So why have I given it 3 stars? Surely the typos alone shouldn't be worth the price of admission and I would say yes that is true. If you are new to programming and very very new to Java in general, I would not recommend this book. Having said that if you do come from another high level language, then this book in it's second or revised edition will be ideal for you. I personally cannot recommend other books because I had not come across any others myself, but a quick search on the internet does show other options.
If you are still unsure, I would just go elsewhere.
The book does have a lot of errors but there is an error list freely available on the website that accompanies the book. I'd expect future print runs to have the errors corrected so you won't need to spend an hour or so going through correcting it.
This book is terrible. There are so many typos. There are so many factually incorrect statements. There are far too many places where the authors refer to a method signature which has a return type, but additionally the section explaining method declarations and signatures is confusing (and IMNSHO there is a typo there that is not listed in the errata).
I get that with these type of books you get a few typos; I've read a number of reference books, as well as other reference books for Java. For me this book has far more errors than I've seen before.
On top of that I think the book can fluctuate between being a bit patronising and expecting you to just be able to deduce important things without mentioning (such as exceptions that might be thrown).
My first thought when seeing the book was that is was perhaps a bit thin, and I was expecting a bit more. But then again I try to be very detailed and thorough, which, perhaps in the authors' defence, is a reason I'm so unhappy with the amount of typos.
On the positive side Boyarsky & Selikoff mention many ways the exam may try to trick you.
Many code examples are written in an unconventional way in order to help you prepare for the exam.
And, perhaps, with all the typos, you get to go over things a few times so you REALLY remember the correct way at the end.
There are some code errors, but what was a real disappointment was the poor quality of paper used. Pages tear easily and my clutch pencil even goes through the paper if not careful. Not good enough for the price!
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The book is good but there are so many typos that after page 124 you might just give up tired of...Read more