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OCA Certification Guide only for the exam?

Mohamed Iqzas
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Hi,

I have read Kathy and Bert's book for SCJP Guide, but i never took the exam.

I am using that book only for my all in all Java reference. Not for the exam.

But I didnt find any such book for Java 7 though. I am not taking the OCA Java 7 exam. Will this book be useful for me, like it IS with SCJP study guide?


Thanks.
Roel De Nijs
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If you use it as a java reference it will not be that useful, because it will cover just a few (small) topics about new changes in Java 7 (like diamond syntax, String in switches, underscore in numbers, boolean literals,...). Because that's what you need to know for the OCAJP7 exam. The big topics (automatic resource management, multi-catch, nio 2.0,...) will only be on the OCPJP7 exam, so these topics will be covered in a book dedicated to that exam.


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Mala Gupta
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Iqzas,

I won't recommend usage of a certification guide as a reference book. Java 7 includes many language enhancements that are neither covered by the 'OCA Java SE 7 Programmer' or 'OCP Java SE 7 Programmer' certification. You can access the complete list here.

For an example, new features in Swing aren't covered by any of the above mentioned certifications. It wouldn't make sense for a certification book to cover topics that aren't covered by the relevant exam.

Also, a certification book will define techniques, approach, tips, sample questions etc. to prepare you for the exam, which are not needed in a reference book.

With respect,
Mala


Author of Manning's OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide and OCP Java SE 7 Programmer II Certification Guide
Mohamed Iqzas
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Hi,

Thank you both for your replies. I will try for an alternative book which is appropriate for JAVA 7 reference. I also work in swings and i never heard before it has new features in JAVA 7. Thanks for letting me know Mala.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Mohamed Iqzas wrote:I also work in swings and i never heard before it has new features in JAVA 7. Thanks for letting me know Mala.

Java 7 New Features Cookbook has excellent coverage of the changes to Swing in Java 7.


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