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Hi All,

I have been perusing these forums for the past few weeks as I started to pursue the OCA exam.    

The forum has been great for me, as a java newbie, to read and learn what others have done to pass the OCA (and just learn java, in general).

As others are trying to navigate the preparation for this exam, I wanted to share some resources I'm using, that could be helpful (depending on your learning style of course):

- Lynda.com video courses (Free):    Access through my local public library.   You may also have this available to you, where you live.  It may be worth checking into.
- O2O/IVMF Syracuse University (Free):  For active military, military spouses, vets, etc.    3-month online program, but it's essentially self-paced within the 3 months.   You have access to Skillsoft video learning, practice exams, etc.    You're also assigned a counselor to help guide you, if needed.
- Udemy ($10 course):   Tim Buchalka's Java Cert Prep course.   The lessons are short and concise, pointing out the potential "gotchas" and other helpful advice for taking the OCA.    The instructor also walks through several practice questions at the end of each section, to get you thinking in exam mode, which is pretty cool.
- And of course all the same books everyone pursuing this exam, is already aware of.    I'm personally using the Sybex book, as the flow of it is more my style, in regards to learning and absorbing the text/info.
- Enthuware mock exams ($10?):   I've ordered this and will be firing this up this coming week to get some exam practice going.  

Well, these are just some tools I've been using for the past 2 months or so and I think I've established a nice study flow thus far.    Hopefully, other can take advantage of some them, particularly the free stuff.

I'm hoping to sit the exam within the next month, depending on how I do with the mock exams.

Good luck to everyone working on their cert 🤙🏼

Note:  I have no monetary affiliation with the companies linked to the resources I've mentioned.   This is just a personal list of tools I'm using for my studies.


EDIT:   Coursera is currently offering free courses for students.   If I'm correct, these free courses include assessments and other features not included with the free auditing of courses.    Enrollment open until Sept 30, 2020.   Courses remain open/free for 2 months afterwards.

EDIT 8/4/20:  I forgot to mention that I have a membership with acm dot org which provides access to O'Reilly Learning.    I use this membership solely for the O'Reilly stuff.    I pay something like $50/yr for the membership, which beats the direct O'Reilly membership price.   I use O'Reilly a whole bunch for lots of things, so this is a money saver for me.

 
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What did you think of Udemy? For a long time everybody who mentioned it spoke highly of Udemy, but in the last couple of years a few posts have appeared complaining about Udemy.
Which books have you used? I am aware of Hanumant Deshmukh's book, Boyarsky and Selikoff, and I have just found there is a book by Aamer and Aamer. I am also aware of a forthcoming exam book by Mala Gupta (Manning).
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:What did you think of Udemy? For a long time everybody who mentioned it spoke highly of Udemy, but in the last couple of years a few posts have appeared complaining about Udemy.
Which books have you used? I am aware of Hanumant Deshmukh's book, Boyarsky and Selikoff, and I have just found there is a book by Aamer and Aamer. I am also aware of a forthcoming exam book by Mala Gupta (Manning).



I think Udemy, in general, is pretty good, particularly if you get courses around the $10 mark.   You're right - there can be quite a mixed bag of reviews on different Udemy courses.    I'm more of a networking guy, so most of my experience with Udemy courses revolve around those types of courses (some good, some not as helpful - mostly good though, I find).

I think, just like anything, there are so many variables folks use to critique why something is good or bad to them.   I tend to have a look myself at some preview videos to get a feel for a course.    I figured there are just some courses that are not "my style" of learning and there are others that work better for me.

As far as books, I've been mainly using the Boyarsky/Selikoff Sybex text.     I'm liking it.   It may sound silly, but font type/size and flow of a book makes a difference to me lol.   I've used books where they place notes of emphasis ("pop out boxes"?) on the margins.   Although, I love the additional information, that messes with my reading flow for some reason.   This isn't the case with the Boyarsky/Selikoff book, which I really like.     I think there is only the 1st edition of the Sybex book at this time (OCA SE 8)?   I haven't really ventured into any more recent study guides for SE 8.     After my OCA exam, I'll look into some other books.

About 6 or so years ago, I took the first couple of java courses at the local community college.   I think the college had a series of 3 courses for the java track (same with C++, I believe).   At the time, I picked up some of the "bible" type books like Effective Java, etc.   I'll break those out of my storage space sooner than later.  :-)
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:What did you think of Udemy? For a long time everybody who mentioned it spoke highly of Udemy, but in the last couple of years a few posts have appeared complaining about Udemy.


I've had a lot of success with Udemy.  I search for courses with a 4 out of 5 star or rating higher, and I also always check-out the preview lessons to get a feel for the quality of the material, how it is presented, and quality of the audio including the speaker's dialect/accent.  Also, when I find an instructor that I really enjoy, I check to see what other courses the instructor has which might also be interesting, and sign-up for those as well.

Like Darren mentioned, the $10USD price tag is great (if they are not priced at $10 in the app, it is usually quite easy for find a coupon/code to bring the price down).
 
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