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Sebastian Wie
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I read an errata for OCAJP 8 book. Is there a new version of this book which included fixes? I want buy a book without "bugs"
 
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Hi Sebastian Wie,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Sebastian Wie wrote:Is there a new version of this book which included fixes? I want buy a book without "bugs"

You don't tell us which OCAJP8 book you have read an errata for. Currently there are a few available on the market. But as far as I know, it's very unlikely that a new print of a book is published only to fix the errata (or "bugs" as you call them). For most books you'll find an online errata overview which is updated by the authors and/or the publisher. So with the book and this overview, you can create your own book without "bugs"

And a technical book without any "bugs" will be very hard (if not impossible) to find. Even study guides which have already been published for many different exams (like K&B7) have still "bugs". The process to create and publish a book is very complex and many persons are involved in this process, some even don't have any knowledge of Java. So even if everyone is vigilant, a mistake can easily sneak into a technical book.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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errors are rarely a problem to be honest, at least in the books recommended here. a good and up to date errata makes a massive difference too.

more often than not they aren't misleading, and are more likely to be related to syntax - in which case if you don't notice them you'll still get the gist of the example or explanation, and if you do notice them, it's a good gauge of your level of skill (because they're usually minor and require a decent level of understanding to spot).

i wouldn't worry about it, just stick to a well known and respected book

Nick

 
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Roel De Nijs,

Thanks for a warm welcome on this forum ;)

So, going back to the topic. I realised that, practically all books have mistakes. But i only want buy a book with the least errors.

I saw errata for this book:
http://www.selikoff.net/java-oca-8-programmer-i-study-guide/

So if i order/buy this book i will get it with all this errors?


Hope you understand me ;)


 
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Sebastian Wie wrote:Roel De Nijs,

Thanks for a warm welcome on this forum ;)

So, going back to the topic. I realised that, practically all books have mistakes. But i only want buy a book with the least errors.

I saw errata for this book:
http://www.selikoff.net/java-oca-8-programmer-i-study-guide/

So if i order/buy this book i will get it with all this errors?


Hope you understand me ;)



just out of interest, why?

the type of error makes a massive difference. you can have lots of small unimportant errors, or a few large ones that cause you to make mistakes in the exam. i'd prefer the former.


another thing to consider is that a big list of mistakes comes not from a bad book, but from a book that has LOTS of readers - precisely because it's a good book.

basically, i don't think number of errors is a good indication of quality. unless those errors are major and misleading.

Jeanne's book will be good, as will mala gupta's. (I don't think kathy & bert's book is out for oca 8). Personally i don't think you'll get better than those two. And going by mala's last book - the errata is the one real weakness. So i would try Jeanne's. In fact, I'd get both.

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Sebastian Wie wrote:So if i order/buy this book i will get it with all this errors?

Yes, you will!

And honestly I don't understand you I can understand you want a study guide without errors/bugs. That will only happen when hell freezes over and at that same moment you'll see some pigs flying in the air I can even understand you want the second best: the study guide with the least errors. But you have to be very careful how you will make this decision. There's really so much more than the number of errata items. Let me list a few of them:
  • the more readers, the more likely to have more errata items
  • an author/publisher which doesn't have a publicly available errata overview (or an outdated overview) seems to have no errata items, while an author/publisher which adds each reported errata item to the overview seem to have plenty
  • you can have 15 typos (or small unimportant errors) vs only 1 or 2 technical errors (e.g. wrong explanation of rules for overriding, wrong answers with mock exams,...)


  • If I have to choose a study guide, I use completely different parameters than "book with least errors". I have a look at the different reviews (e.g. on Amazon). I will also use the Look Inside feature of Amazon (or read a free chapter on the publisher's website) to see if I like the writing style. I'll ask colleagues or on a forum like this for recommendations. I'll check if the author and/or publisher has a recently updated errata overview. And finally, is it easy to contact the author/publisher to report an errata item and/or ask a question when I'm in doubt. I'll find the last two very important, because when I doubt about a word, term, statement, code snippet,... in the book I can clear my doubts very easy: first check the errata overview and if it's not on the list already and I'm still in doubt I can ask the author/publisher. Here you'll find a blog post of Jeanne (one of the authors of an OCAJP8 study guide) about why posting errata (publicly) matters. Might be worth reading!

    Hope it helps!
    Kind regards,
    Roel

    PS. If you have a look at my LinkedIn profile, you'll notice that I have been a technical reviewer for a few OCAJP/OCPJP certification study guides, so I think it's fair to say I've some knowledge in this area And finally, I don't get paid to advertise or recommend any of those study guides, so I'm like Switzerland: my advice is objective and not biased
     
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    Nick: Well said!

    Sebastian: K&B has a long errata list as well. Both they and Scott/me value listing every error reported no matter how minor. I'd add that books with errata books have readers who care enough to report them and not just grumble about them quietly. A large percentage of our errata are "stupid typos" that don't affect content. I wish a book could be perfect. It's really hard. Think about how much code you can write without making a mistake. Now picture 300 pages of code. That's a book . Cert books tend to have more errata than average to. So a book without a long errata list likely contains errata you don't know about. Hardly better!

     
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    Sebastian Wie wrote:I read an errata for OCAJP 8 book. Is there a new version of this book which included fixes? I want buy a book without "bugs"

    Hard copies of a book usually mention a "reprint" number or version or a date and publishers incorporate the fixes reported before the reprint. Now, I don't know whether this book has been reprinted with the fixes (may be the Jeanne can answer that) but it might be worthwhile to walk into a book store and check the reprint number/date.

    HTH,
    Paul.
     
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    Paul,
    I know it hasn't been at this point. It might be in the future; I don't know because this is our first book. I know it isn't in the near future for sure.
     
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    Guys, guys. I think there was a misunderstanding. I mean the "bugs" in exam questions and answers.

    This is due to my poor English

    It is quite annoying when you try to do the exam mocks and there is an error. Just that


    Thanks for your replies.
     
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    Sebastian Wie wrote:Guys, guys. I think there was a misunderstanding. I mean the "bugs" in exam questions and answers.

    This is due to my poor English

    It is quite annoying when you try to do the exam mocks and there is an error. Just that


    Thanks for your replies.


    yeah it's annoying, but it's more annoying when the mistake isn't documented because no one really reads or keeps the errata up to date.

    honestly, people wouldn't recommend that book if it was a deal breaker.

    nick
     
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    Sebastian Wie wrote:This is due to my poor English

    It is quite annoying when you try to do the exam mocks and there is an error. Just that

    Honestly I don't think that's related to your poor English. That's just because you didn't mention it in your original post. If you simply would have said something like "I want buy a book without "bugs" in the mock exam questions and answers", it would have been crystal-clear for everyone. But this will not have made any difference in the replies, because such mistakes in mock questions/answers are also considered to be errata items. So all the advice you've got in the different replies still applies.
     
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:K&B has a long errata list as well. Both they and Scott/me value listing every error reported no matter how minor.

    Regarding K&B it's actually me who precisely track all reported issues no matter how minor
     
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    Roel De Nijs wrote:
    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:K&B has a long errata list as well. Both they and Scott/me value listing every error reported no matter how minor.

    Regarding K&B it's actually me who precisely track all reported issues no matter how minor

    True. I still think they value it even if they don't personally do it.
     
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:
    Roel De Nijs wrote:
    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:K&B has a long errata list as well. Both they and Scott/me value listing every error reported no matter how minor.

    Regarding K&B it's actually me who precisely track all reported issues no matter how minor

    True. I still think they value it even if they don't personally do it.

    Indeed! And even more important: the errata overview will definitely be processed and incorporated in the next edition of the study guide. So please, keep the errata items coming!
     
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