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Is there a good book for "1Z1-811 - Java Foundations " ? I like it. It is version independent and covers basics.
 
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Shamal Jay wrote:Is there a good book for "1Z1-811 - Java Foundations " ? I like it. It is version independent and covers basics.

What do you mean with "version independent"? From the official certification page: Validated Against: This exam has been validated for version JDK 1.8.

As this certification is brand new (still in beta) there's no dedicated study guide for this exam yet. But I think you could use a study guide for the OCA 8 exam to prepare yourself. You'll definitely can skip some sections from such a study guide (because OCA 8 requires more in-depth knowledge about certain topics) and for some other topics (like Math and Random class) you'll need to use some other resource (like Oracle's tutorials and/or javadoc).
 
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Roel,

I agree it is validated for version 1.8. But, It's name is not tied to a version like "Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer" .
 
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Shamal Jay wrote:But, It's name is not tied to a version like "Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer" .

True!
 
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I'm taking the exam on Sunday. I'll let you know if it is version independent. I think that's vague enough to be ok to comment on.

My motivation for taking the beta is to see whether my OCA book can be used to study for this exam. Or if it comes close. If so, I'll be creating a mapping. And if not, I'll know to warn people away from trying to use the book inappropriately.
 
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Having actually taken the beta, I have an answer. Roel is correct that the exam it validated against Java 8. It's not Java 8 specific. As you might have guessed (since no objectives cover Java 8 topics), someone studying from a Java 7 study guide would be just fine.

The only thing Java 7 specific is the diamond operator:
ArrayList<String> list = new ArrayList<>();
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ArrayList<String> list = new ArrayList<String>();

I wouldn't recommend a Java 6 book though because the cert books for Java 6 cover "professional" content and are more of a stretch.
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:As this certification is brand new (still in beta) there's no dedicated study guide for this exam yet. But I think you could use a study guide for the OCA 8 exam to prepare yourself. You'll definitely can skip some sections from such a study guide (because OCA 8 requires more in-depth knowledge about certain topics) and for some other topics (like Math and Random class) you'll need to use some other resource (like Oracle's tutorials and/or javadoc).

Now that I've taken the beta, I can concur that an OCA 7 or 8 study guide can be used for most of the preparation. I've put together a blog post calling out the new topics and where to study. (I ran out of time so it has a lot of TBDs. I'll be filling it in later in the week. In particular, I have some text written about %d, %s that we wrote when we thought it would be on the OCP and then it wasn't.)
 
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Jeanne,
Was 1Z1-811 (Java Foundation) easy ? Should I prepare extensively?
 
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Shamal Jay wrote:Jeanne,
Was 1Z1-811 (Java Foundation) easy ? Should I prepare extensively?

It depends on what you know now. You haven't posted here enough for me to have an idea of your experience level. it was easier than the regular OCA.
 
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I just did the exam. It was easy. May be I got 70% right. There were few tricky questions though. It had nothing from 1.8. I took 2 hours 53 minutes. It was a good investment for $50.00. It looks like they extended the beta period to Aug/22/15.
 
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My assumption is correct. This exam is "version Independent" even though it is "validated against" x Java release. I know some people will disagree. No upgrade exams are needed. It is for lifetime.
 
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Shamal Jay wrote:No upgrade exams are needed. It is for lifetime.

Kind of. The exam is a very, very entry level exam. if one doesn't upgrade I think it would become stale. And by upgrade, I meant to the real OCA/OCP. Not to a later version. Because "I knew the very basics of Java 5 years ago" doesn't sound very useful.
 
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Jeanne,
Did you get the exam results? I see my status as still "Taken" ?
 
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Shamal Jay wrote:Jeanne,
Did you get the exam results? I see my status as still "Taken" ?

Sorry, i missed this when you posted it. The beta results should be out in a month. I'm sure I passed .
 
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I still did not get the results yet. :-(
It has been 5 months and 1Z-811 is in the Production now.

Test Start Date Exam Number Exam Title Grade
11-JUL-15 1Z1-811 Java Foundations Junior Associate TAKEN
 
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Shamal Jay wrote:I still did not get the results yet. :-(

Patience can be a virtue sometimes
 
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I have it finally.

Your Score: 87% Passing Score: 65% Result: PASS
Feedback on your performance is printed below. The report lists the objectives for which you answered a question incorrectly.

Compare an array and an ArrayList
Compare two String objects using the compareTo and equals method
Compile and execute a Java program
Create a new class including a main method
Create and manipulate an ArrayList
Create and use accessor and mutator methods
Create overloaded methods
Declare and initialize a String variable
Declare and initialize variables including a variable using final
Describe operator precedence and use of parenthesis
Describe the components of a basic Java program
Describe the components of object-oriented programming
Describe the features of Java
Describe the java.lang package
Describe the relationship between an object and its members
Develop code that uses break and continue statements
Handle common exceptions thrown in Java
Import other Java packages to make them accessible in your code
Traverse the elements of an ArrayList using iterators, loops including the enhanced for loop
Use Java reserved words
Use Random class
Use a do-while loop
Use a for loop including an enhanced for loop
Use arithmetic assignment operators
Use basic arithmetic operators to manipulate data including +, -, *, /, and %
Use conditional operators &&, ||, and ?
Use relational operators ==, !=, >, >=, <, and <=
Use the Math class
Use the decision making statement (if-then and if-then-else)
Use the default constructor with and without parameters
 
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Shamal Jay wrote:Your Score: 87% Passing Score: 65% Result: PASS

All your patience finally paid off! Congratulations on passing with a nice score
 
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