I started learning JAVA and I want to go for the certification - Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer. I've got the below books on googling but kind of confused on which one to purchase. Please advice me, which book is good for the exam?
1. OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-803) By Finegan Edward; Liguori Robert
2. OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) By: Kathy Sierra; Bert Bates
3. OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide: Prepare for the 1Z0-803 exam By: Mala Gupta
4. Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer Study Guide By: Richard M. Reese
Satya Satti wrote:Please advice me, which book is good for the exam?
I have read the study guide by Mala Gupta and also K&B7 (which is the study guide by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates). I like both study guides and both will prepare you for the OCAJP7 exam. And that's not only my opinion, both study guides get good reviews on Amazon as well. If you plan to take the OCPJP7 exam as well in the (near) future, I would definitely buy K&B7 (number 2 of your list) as this study guide covers both exams in 1 book.
I had a look at the K&B7 trial version and I feel the topics are not explained much detailedly - not sure but may be because I recently started learning Java I feel like that. So I decided to start with Mala Gupta's book.
Satya Satti wrote:I had a look at the K&B7 trial version and I feel the topics are not explained much detailedly - not sure but may be because I recently started learning Java I feel like that.
I have to say I'm a little surprised by this comment about K&B7. Because no prior Java knowledge is required for this study guide. I used K&B for my very first certification exam (SCJP 1.4) and had no problem at all. Although I have to admit, I wasn't completely new to Java, I already had +- 6 months experience as a Java programmer when I started preparing.
But choice of study guide is very personal. So if you have a better feeling with the Mala Gupta one, you should definitely use that one. And just remember: both study guides are (obviously) not mutually exclusive, so you can combine them while preparing for OCAJP7 (and maybe OCPJP7 when you have passed).