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.
<pre> Author/s : Alain Trottier Publisher : Que Category :Java Certification Review by : Paul Stevens Rating : 8 horseshoes </pre> The author laid out each chapter by stating the objectives, going into the objectives with code and descriptions of each and ending with a review section. The review section consists of a summary, questions and further reading links. The author takes the approach that the reader has little knowledge of the subject being addressed. So there are explanations about not only the objectives but about subjects relevant to web component development. There is also a short chapter on developing a plan. The author stresses this importance and lays out a sample plan. This is actually an important step in getting certifications that is often overlooked. Overall this was a well written book and easy reading. It does a good job of covering the subject and is laid out very well. The one complaint I have about the layout is that many pages have way too much white space at the edges of the pages. They have a good three inches on the outer margin. This causes some of the code examples to appear crunched and hard to read by forcing multiple lines for what should be one line of code.
I purchased this book after sitting in the bookstore for an hour or so comparing it to the only other offering for SCJWCD. I felt at the time that this was the better book. Now that I am going through it, I am not so sure. The authors do try to cover everything that will be in the exam, but the information is often disjointed, so I have been coming away with no real idea of how the bits hang together. I am also a bit disapointed that there seems to be no erratta page for this book. I have looked on both the Author's page and on the publisher's web page. Although I havent started to work through the practice questions in the book, I see that several people mention that the answers dont match the questions. Regards, Andrew