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Which book for certification?

Paul Mrozik
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I'm planning on taking the Java 7 OCA exam, but recently an interviewer from a company I'd really like to work for suggested I go through the SCJP 6 book. He also mentioned they're still using Java 6. The book he mentioned was written by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates, and I've noticed that the following book by the same authors will be released in September:

OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) (Certification Press)

I need an excellent book and mock exams as I intend to go through two exams every weekend. If I'm lucky, I might be able to land a job in a couple of months, but I'd like to be really well prepared to just go in there and start work. So far I've gone through Head First Java and I made the partial mistake of using an outdated Thinking in Java book, and I'm about halfway through that one. I've also been working on a personal project.

Anyway, I need two books: a study guide, and sample exams - any suggestions?








Paul Mrozik
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Just an update, I didn't know that the OCP Java SE 6 exam was still available. I'll probably end up taking that one.
Anayonkar Shivalkar
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Paul Mrozik wrote:I need an excellent book and mock exams as I intend to go through two exams every weekend.

I'm not sure which exam you are talking. Is it about mock exams?

Just a question: Do you know Java beforehand, or you are learning Java and preparing for the certification?

If you are new to Java, I would suggest to go through Head First Java, followed by SCJP 6 exam guide. If you are already familiar with Java basics, then you can skip Head First Java and directly go to SCJP 6 exam guide.

Thinking in Java is a good book, but I doubt how much it will help you in terms of OCPJP 6 exam.

I hope this helps.

All the Best!


Regards,
Anayonkar Shivalkar (SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD, OCEEJBD)
Rebecca Thomas
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Paul Mrozik wrote:I'm planning on taking the Java 7 OCA exam, but recently an interviewer from a company I'd really like to work for suggested I go through the SCJP 6 book. He also mentioned they're still using Java 6. The book he mentioned was written by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates, and I've noticed that the following book by the same authors will be released in September:

OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) (Certification Press)

I need an excellent book and mock exams as I intend to go through two exams every weekend. If I'm lucky, I might be able to land a job in a couple of months, but I'd like to be really well prepared to just go in there and start work. So far I've gone through Head First Java and I made the partial mistake of using an outdated Thinking in Java book, and I'm about halfway through that one. I've also been working on a personal project.

Anyway, I need two books: a study guide, and sample exams - any suggestions?




hey Paul,

You could try training labs from epractize for oca 7 and ocp 7 exams. Since you have basic knowledge about Java these training kits helps you to improve your knowledge in Java 7.
Paul Mrozik
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Anayonkar Shivalkar wrote:
I'm not sure which exam you are talking. Is it about mock exams?


Yes, I'd like to do as many exercises as possible before taking the actual exam.


Just a question: Do you know Java beforehand, or you are learning Java and preparing for the certification?


If you are new to Java, I would suggest to go through Head First Java, followed by SCJP 6 exam guide. If you are already familiar with Java basics, then you can skip Head First Java and directly go to SCJP 6 exam guide.


I've gone through Head First Java already, and I've been trying to read AND complete all the exercises for TIJ.


Thinking in Java is a good book, but I doubt how much it will help you in terms of OCPJP 6 exam.


Yes, it is a good book. I'd like to buy the updated version though. I have no idea what the certification looks like, but it will look good on my resume and can probably help me with some of my weak spots. I'm only using the certification as a motivational tool and it'll be nice to put it on my resume. Other than that, I'm learning Java because I enjoy it.



Paul Mrozik
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hey Paul,

You could try training labs from epractize for oca 7 and ocp 7 exams. Since you have basic knowledge about Java these training kits helps you to improve your knowledge in Java 7.


Thanks, but I think I'll skip Java 7 for now. Just need to focus on building a very strong foundation and I will be taking the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE6 programmer. From what I've seen, Java 7 has some cool features, but the company I want to work for doesn't use it yet.

Nancy Avent
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Hi Paul,

If you want to take SCJP/OCPJP 6: K&B's book is the best.

If you want to take OCPJP 7: Take Ganesh/Sharma book.

If you want some information about OCPJP 7 then take a look at this blog.
Paul Mrozik
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Nancy Avent wrote:Hi Paul,

If you want to take SCJP/OCPJP 6: K&B's book is the best.

If you want to take OCPJP 7: Take Ganesh/Sharma book.

If you want some information about OCPJP 7 then take a look at this blog.


Thanks Nancy, I'll order K&B's book then.
 
 
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