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Singh Sherry
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Hi Friends,

I just started preparing for the OCAJP 7 exam. I have read the book by Kathy sierra and Bert Bates and I think I understood It quite well. Now I will be going through the
Book by Mala Gupta, and later planned to do the Mock tests by enthuware.

I want to know, that I am only reading the books not doing any programs for practice. I once did One web application Project using Java/J2ee, So I applied the concepts over
there but It was long time ago.

So, Please guide me should I practice Programs as well, or just go through the books and do the Mock Tests.

Thanks.
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Welcome to CodeRanch!

You need to write lots of code. Just reading the books doesn't give the detail you'll need to recognize issues and answer questions quickly.

Keep in mind that the programs you need to write are different than web application. They don't need to do anything useful and are usually less than 10 lines long. You are just playing with the APIs (ArrayList, String, etc) and constructs (loops) etc. This gets you a deeper understanding of what is going on than you can get from a book.
 
Singh Sherry
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Hi Jeanne,

Thanks for the Reply. Can you please refer me some good resources for practicing Programs.

Thanks
 
Roel De Nijs
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Hi Singh Sherry,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Singh Sherry wrote:I want to know, that I am only reading the books not doing any programs for practice.

Learning a programming language is like learning how to drive a car: you can't learn it by just reading some text books, you need hands-on experience and get your hands dirty.

Singh Sherry wrote:Can you please refer me some good resources for practicing Programs.

According to your first post, you use 2 really great books (Mala Gupta & K&B7). Every code snippet in these books (and there are plenty) is a great starting point for such little programs. You can change access modifiers, add another non-access modifier (e.g. final), override/overload a method, throw a checked/unchecked exception and many more... We try to encourage this technique on these forums. This thread for example is an excellent example!

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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