This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I was happy, I knew I passed with a good score after the exam, now the next step is towards Developer one. Qstns were good, a couple confusing, but not bad enough to fail. there are many postings on the pattern and mine wouldn't be any new, so no comments there, AND Please do not ask any qstns, It is totally unethical to give those qstns or ask for the same, I had even stopped visiting these pages as of late the major discussions have focussed only on that. I have been absolutely disappointed with javaranch for even allowing such discussions to take place, I hope they are as strict with that as they are with real qstns or names, but still I appreciate the guys managing stuff here for doing a good job. learnt a lot from maha's page, she is a gem, unfortunately didn't learn much from this discussion forum, used rhe, khalid, exam cram, love all the 3 books, exam cram test is the best, it makes u think, at the same time not as hard as Khalid's. all the best rest others, I noted that Kourosh Keshavarzi was going to write the exam today, I hope he too passed. see u all in Developers forum. thanks.
I ammend my note that I did not learn much from this discussion forum, though I did not learn much technical stuff from here, it was absolutely encouraging to know that there were people like me that were preparing and sharing, and then there was a person who got 36% and came back to explain his flaws, and how we should not fall for them. Keeping the same spirit, here is what I can say : a) IO as always said : be sure with how you build one from another, and which ones u use for what ? b) Be careful with the parameter passing, to other methods, there are lots of such mock qstns c) Know ur anonymous and inner classes well, go beyond RHE, I would say go for Khalid, this is the area where they can really confuse you. d) Threads : got 85% here, they are tricky but not tough, get to know on Object locking, e) awt : a qstn on GBL, so GBL is still out there ! f) and then comes the standard method overriding/overloading, identifiers .. Go for as many mocks as u can, even if u have already done once, I remember more than 40 qstns, and I can say that mocks help, to me exam cram mock is the best, and the real exam is not as tough as this one, except for threads, no mocks reach the level of threads, good luck all.