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OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide sufficient resource for New Programmer?

Sagun Khadka
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Joined: Feb 15, 2013
Posts: 5
Hi, I am new to programming and to coderanch. Want to learn Java and go for certification straight away (at least the OCAJ Programmer I within 3 months). And this is my first ever post in Coderanch - just discovered it last week and am hooked to it :-).

So, is OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide suitable for newbie like me? I mean, can I cover it thoroughly and be prepared for OCAJ Programmer I certification?

Or maybe a combination of this book and book like Head First Java works better? Any advice greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
K. Tsang
Bartender

Joined: Sep 13, 2007
Posts: 1973
    
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Welcome to the Ranch

IMHO for a newbie (no programming background) 3 months may not be enough. Getting JP cert is more than just knowing how to program, but also need to know the APIs, syntax, OO concepts. Basically becoming a java compiler.

Of course for v7 part 1 exam only a portion of the old traditional v5/v6 version you still need to know the basics in depth.

For part 1 study guide, most people I heard from can or are using the current K&B v6 study guide here from Amazon.

Surely HF Java is good too as a complementary book.


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Sagun Khadka
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 15, 2013
Posts: 5
Thanks K. Tsang for feedback. I also think three month may be a little less time for a beginner. But on the other hand, my situation is a little different as I can devote a full time in this endeavor. And having an aim to pass the level I shall keep me focused and motivated through out. Anyway, your comment is very helpful. Thanks.

Do anyone know of web resource where a newbie can get dirty with coding - I mean where I can get to solve challenging coding assignments, puzzles etc? One can get the theory part from a book but I am more concerned about learning the tit bits of practical programming. It seems it is difficult to find such resource without working in this field and especially for one who wants to self-teach coding...

However, just digging through the old post in the forum has been quite enlightening.....
Blake Edward
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Joined: Jul 10, 2012
Posts: 6
Sagun Khadka wrote:Thanks K. Tsang for feedback. I also think three month may be a little less time for a beginner. But on the other hand, my situation is a little different as I can devote a full time in this endeavor. And having an aim to pass the level I shall keep me focused and motivated through out. Anyway, your comment is very helpful. Thanks.

Do anyone know of web resource where a newbie can get dirty with coding - I mean where I can get to solve challenging coding assignments, puzzles etc? One can get the theory part from a book but I am more concerned about learning the tit bits of practical programming. It seems it is difficult to find such resource without working in this field and especially for one who wants to self-teach coding...

However, just digging through the old post in the forum has been quite enlightening.....


For challenging math problems just google Euler and you'll find euler.com.

Find a local problem, something that you need solved, and solve it.

Make a tool to make some process easier for yourself.

Also, the Enthuware mock tests should give you an idea of where you stand.
Mala Gupta
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Joined: Sep 27, 2002
Posts: 245
    
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Sagun,

This book is intended specifically for individuals who wish to earn the OCA Java SE 7 Programmer certification (exam number 1Z0-803). It assumes that you are familiar with Java and have some experience working with it. If you are completely new to Java or to object-oriented languages, I suggest that you start your journey with an entry-level book and then come back to this one.

To add to Blake's reply, you can check the Book Reviews forum at JavaRanch for a list of books on Java 7, together with their reviews. My personal favorites are "Thinking in Java" and "Head First Java".

You can also check out the following link at Oracle.com:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/newtojava/overview/index.html

With respect,
Mala


Author of Manning's OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide and OCP Java SE 7 Programmer II Certification Guide
Sagun Khadka
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 15, 2013
Posts: 5
Thanks Blake and Mala, advice and links much appreciated; I now know where to start my journey to JAVA coding.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
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