As many ranchers here, I also wanted to share my story in order to help prospective OCAs. The journey to certification was not short and but not so difficult for me.
I was not a novice since I have learned Java years ago but never really captured the essence of it.
Below are my study sources:
1. Code Ranch;
2. OCA/OCP Java SE 7 I&II Study Guide - Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates (read only the first part);
3. Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I - Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff;
4. Enthuware Mock Exams(for OCA-JP-I SE8).
Congratulations champion! Great achievement Now it's time to relax a bit and have a (well-deserved) (or 2 or 3). And if you want to spoil yourself have a Belgian beer, our beers are the best of the world
Thanks for sharing your experiences. Other ranchers will definitely benefit! Have a cow!