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Will reading the "Head First Java" Book help me pass the OCA: Java Programmer SE 8 exam?  RSS feed

 
Naziru Gelajo
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I'm just curious to know if completing the book will help me pass the OCA: Java Programmer SE 8 exam. Thanks!
 
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I think it would be a good start. One of the authors of HFJ also wrote OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) and in febuary 2016 OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Practice Exams will be available. both probably cover most aspects of the SE 8 exam.

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Not on it's own. First, it doesn't cover the latest version of Java. Second, it is not a study guide. Head First is intended to teach you Java from scratch. That said, it is good to read a book like Head First Java *before* reading a study guide if you are new to Java.

For the OCA 8, it is ok to read a Java 7 study guide rather than a Java 8 one and supplement it with materials online. For the OCP 8, this is a problem. There are too many differences. And you must take the OCP 8 if you take the OCA 8. You can't take the OCP 7 after the OCA 8. Which means you have to think about what study guides will be available during your timeline for taking the exam.

Disclosure: my OCP 8 study guide is currently the only one out there.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Not on it's own. First, it doesn't cover the latest version of Java. Second, it is not a study guide. Head First is intended to teach you Java from scratch. That said, it is good to read a book like Head First Java *before* reading a study guide if you are new to Java.

For the OCA 8, it is ok to read a Java 7 study guide rather than a Java 8 one and supplement it with materials online. For the OCP 8, this is a problem. There are too many differences. And you must take the OCP 8 if you take the OCA 8. You can't take the OCP 7 after the OCA 8. Which means you have to think about what study guides will be available during your timeline for taking the exam.

Disclosure: my OCP 8 study guide is currently the only one out there.


Thank you Jeanne, I have actually seen your book on Amazon and I'm definitely buying it after I complete Head First Java. I want to be a very good programmer (I want to be able to develop any App I can think of on Android). Thanks for confirming with me Jeanne. Khivo, I would also like to thank you for referring me to Jeanne.

I really want to pass the OCA 8 exam, score a Junior Java Developer job then my work my way up to OCP 8. I'm also schooling with an ambition of obtaining a Masters in Computer Science before 2018. I have a lot to learn, but I'm trying. Thank you very much!
 
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