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Question for Authors: Missing objectives for 1Z0-813?

 
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First off, thank you authors for posting here. It's cool to talk to people directly.

I have a Java 1.5 certification and want to take the 1Z0-813 exam. Will your book help me study for this exam? I looked at your Table of Contents in Amazon, and didn't see some upgrade topics listed. Specifically, the Reentrant and Read/Write Locks, DirectoryStream, WatchService, NumberFormat/DateFormat appeared to be missing.
 
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Will your book help me study for this exam?


Of course yes, our book will certainly help study for this exam. It covers almost all the topics for the exams 1Z0-810 and 1Z0-813. However, nowhere in the book (especially title) we have mentioned that our book supports 1Z0-810 or 1Z0-813 exams because if we promise that we thought we should ideally provide mock exam(s) for each of these exams (which we don't).

Our focus in this book is mainly on 1Z0-809 (as mentioned in the title) and we believe we have done a good job in covering that well. You can still read it for 1Z0-810 or 1Z0-813 exams since - except for some omissions - it covers the exam topics well.

DirectoryStream is covered in page 307 in our OCP8 book. We had covered topics such as NumberFormat & DateFormat (pages 411, 378, 381), WatchService (page 274) and ReentrantLock (page 456) in our earlier OCPJP7 book but did not include it in the OCP8 book because it wasn't mentioned in the 1Z0-809 exam sub-topics.

All the very best for your 1Z0-813 exam!
 
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So if I want to study for the 1Z0-810 or 1Z0-813 upgrade exams, this book falls short? Just looking for a book to help me with the upgrade exam, not the full exam 1Z0-809.

Have you considered re-releasing the book with the material from your Java 7 book that you removed?
 
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Just looking for a book to help me with the upgrade exam, not the full exam 1Z0-809.


To my knowledge (any of you can please correct me, if I am wrong), there is no book that is dedicated to covering *only* 1Z0-810 or 1Z0-813 exams.

Have you considered re-releasing the book with the material from your Java 7 book that you removed?


No, not yet. Writing a quality book is effort intensive, and at this moment, we don't have any plans to write a book dedicated to 1Z0-810 or 1Z0-813 exams.

 
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For the 810 exam, the exam objectives are pretty much a subset of the 809 exam. Which means you'd be fine using Ganesh's book or mine to study. There's some extra material that you can skip, but everything you need is in the book. (I say pretty much because there are two APIs on Map - computeIfPresent and computeIfAbsent - that aren't listed in the 809 objectives. We cover them in our book anyway.)

For the 813 exam, there's a good number of topics that are on that exam without being on the 809. These are the topics Ganesh points out are in their Java 7 book. Scott and I took a different approach. We wrote an appendix covering the topics that are on only the upgrade exam. We also provide online mock questions for the topics specific to 813. It's not a full length mock exam, but the questions are there.
 
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