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Reviewing using OCP Java SE 7 Programmer II Certification Guide MEAP

 
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Hi!

I've been reviewing using Mala Gupta's OCP Java SE 7 Programmer II Certification Guide MEAP v12, paying attention to the Errata mentioned on forum as well. Note that it is not yet the book release, but only an Early Access Edition. I'm close on finishing this MEAP, I'm wondering if this is sufficient and if I can pass the exam with flying colors with this. I got wonderful results on my OCA7 thanks to Mala Gupta's OCA 7 Certification Guide, so I'm sure I'll get good grades again this time on OCP7, but my worry is that the book that I have is a MEAP, and actual release of the book I think is June (and I can't wait that long, unfortunately).

Any comments? Anyone has passed OCPJP7 reading MEAP Certification Guide?

Side note: I do plan on reading OCP 7 Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates as well, as the book is already out. Upon doing a quick comparison, I noticed that KS&BB's book is somehow more detailed compare to MG's book. To illustrate an example, on the JDBC chapter, on MG's book, there is little or no mention of ResultSetMetadata, ResultSet Types, ResultSet Concurrency, DatabaseMetadata, etc., while this is written and explained in detail in KS&BB's.

Thanks a lot!
 
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i read some people result:
https://coderanch.com/t/645837/sr/certification/Passed-today
https://coderanch.com/t/647528/sr/certification/OCPJP-Java-SE-Programmer-II
https://coderanch.com/t/640772/sr/certification/OCPJP-Java-SE-ProgrammerII-passed
maybe it help
i read k&b book and it is good, some topic i try read from other source (like JDBC - i read JDBC specification) now read official tutorial and planed read jls-7 -> and than plan did enthuware 804 test to check if i was not ready (if so i will read some additional source to prepare or reread some that i already read)
 
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Hi Sergej,

Thanks for the reply!
 
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Yin Stadfield wrote:Side note: I do plan on reading OCP 7 Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates as well, as the book is already out. Upon doing a quick comparison, I noticed that KS&BB's book is somehow more detailed compare to MG's book. To illustrate an example, on the JDBC chapter, on MG's book, there is little or no mention of ResultSetMetadata, ResultSet Types, ResultSet Concurrency, DatabaseMetadata, etc., while this is written and explained in detail in KS&BB's.


Much of these extra topics are out of scope for the exam. ResultSet types kind of is with the RowSet objective. The others aren't in scope at all. The actual objectives for JDBC are:

Describe the interfaces that make up the core of the JDBC API (including the Driver, Connection, Statement, and ResultSet interfaces and their relationship to provider implementations)
Identify the components required to connect to a database using the DriverManager class (including the jdbc URL)
Submit queries and read results from the database (including creating statements, returning result sets, iterating through the results, and properly closing result sets, statements, and connections)
Use JDBC transactions (including disabling auto-commit mode, committing and rolling back transactions, and setting and rolling back to savepoints)
Construct and use RowSet objects using the RowSetProvider class and the RowSetFactory interface
Create and use PreparedStatement and CallableStatement objects



Every book has to make a decision on what to cover. The trick is to balance competing goals:
  • Cover everything currently on the exam
  • Cover things that are likely to get added to the exam, but aren't on it yet (Oracle periodically "tweaks" the objectives/content.
  • Don't cover too much extra


  • I think K&B covered too much in the JDBC and Concurrency chapters. In the OCP 8, Oracle reduced the scope of JDBC even further. Which will give K&B an opportunity to revisit that chapter. I bet they take these sections out entirely at this point. That said, getting two books will teach you the info better - different perspectives and more practice.
     
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