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Best Book for Oracle Certified Java Programmer's (OCJP) Exam?

Nafiz Sheikh
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Joined: Dec 14, 2011
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Hello, everyone!

I was wondering what's the best book to use for studying for the Oracle Certified Java Programmer's (OCJP) Exam? I'm only 17, so I'm kind of on a budget; can't afford the nice fancy classes by Oracle or expensive prep materials. Plus, I noticed there are few OCJP books out there but plenty of SCJP ones. Is there really much of a difference between those 2 types? I know that Sun is now in Oracles hands, but have the tested concepts changed much? In other words, could I use an older SCJP study guide to prep for the more current OCJP?

Iif anyone could please list some great books, that would be awesome! Many thanks in advance!
Helen Ma
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Joined: Nov 01, 2011
Posts: 451
The best book to study for this exam is Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates' s study guide.
You can finish this book first and then read Mughal and Rasumesen's SCJP comprehensive study guide as a supplement.
You can get Kathy and Bert's practice exam book for reference too.
These are the three books I read for the exam.
Nafiz Sheikh
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Joined: Dec 14, 2011
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Thanks, Helen. I noticed, however, that those the books you mentioned were for the SCJP instead of the OCJP (and were also published before 2010). I know SCJP and OCJP are supposed to be the same exam, just under different management, but would it still be effective to read 2+ year old books about the SCJP instead of the current OCJP? In other words, would it be possible to get by on the OCJP exam by reading a SCJP book? Thanks in advance.
Helen Ma
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I passed my OCJP last month. I have been reading those books when I prepared for it. If you can wait, you can take OCJP 7.0 later. The study guide will be available in July of this year.
Bert Bates
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I'll probably make this a more permanent answer elsewhere but here goes:

If you're not already certified, you now have to pass your OCA exam before you can attempt the OCP exam.

If you're studying for the OCA, our book (K&B), should give you pretty good coverage. Shortly I'll be listing which chapters (and sections), you should study and which you can skip, but honestly, if you study Oracle's published objectives it should be pretty clear which chapters / sections in K&B cover the OCA objectives.

In terms of the OCP - we have some MONSTER additions to make to K&B to cover that exam - we're working on it!

hth,

Bert


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Nafiz Sheikh
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Joined: Dec 14, 2011
Posts: 4
Helen:

Thanks for the advice, I'm actually taking the exam to exempt taking Computer Science class at my college and have to take the test sometime in May, so I'll go with the books you mentioned. Thanks, again!


Mr. Bates:

I contacted Oracle just now, and they said that the Associates Exam to Programmer's Exam sequence was valid for the the Java SE 7 version onwards. In other words, the previous Java test version such as SE 6 and SE 5 allow skipping directly to the Programmer's exam. I'll be taking the OCJP SE 6 test. From all the SCJP/OCJP books I've seen on Amazon, your one seems to have the best rating, so I'll buy it. Thanks for the advice!
Rajanikanth Suragani
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Joined: Jul 23, 2012
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Thanks for sharing the valuable information...

Mr. Bates: Do you have any updates on K&B which covers the OCP(additional topics when compared to previous SCJP stuff)) for the exam preparation.

(From your previous post- In terms of the OCP - we have some MONSTER additions to make to K&B to cover that exam - we're working on it!).So, the latest K&B book includes the OCP?



Nancy Avent
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Joined: Feb 23, 2013
Posts: 94
Although everybody seems to talk about K&B book, I feel it might not be the best book for OCPJP. The reason is that it is covering both the OCAJP and OCPJP topics in a single book which might be over-killing and that might not do justice with the OCPJP topics. Another thing is that this book will be available in April end, people may look at the other available alternatives. For instance, the book from Ganesh & Sharma looks like a strong alternative which is available now to order on Amazon.
Samir K. Arora
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Joined: Jan 10, 2013
Posts: 9
Thanks Nancy for pointing this out. I am completely agree with you. In fact, K&B book is delayed for two more months and it will be available only in late June. So, OCPJP aspirants have only one strong alternative left i.e. the book by Ganesh and Sharma for the time being.
 
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