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Hello everyone! I am 38 and after being downsized from a job of 7 years I decided to return to school and pursue a degree in Cyber Security and one in Software Development. I have completed the first degree and am 1.5 semesters away from my SDEV Degree. I am currently taking a Oracle Java Foundations course at my college where the final exam is the Oracle Java Foundations certification exam. The course is ran via UCertify and I feel it isn't properly preparing me for the exam. I am looking for other resources to augment my learning to make sure I fully understand the content and pass the exam. What other resources, besides this site do you recommend or you used to help you pass your certification.
 
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Aaron Marks wrote:Hello everyone! I am 38 and after being downsized from a job of 7 years I decided to return to school and pursue a degree in Cyber Security and one in Software Development. I have completed the first degree and am 1.5 semesters away from my SDEV Degree. I am currently taking a Oracle Java Foundations course at my college where the final exam is the Oracle Java Foundations certification exam. The course is ran via UCertify and I feel it isn't properly preparing me for the exam. I am looking for other resources to augment my learning to make sure I fully understand the content and pass the exam. What other resources, besides this site do you recommend or you used to help you pass your certification.


You can find these things quite easily on the internet. I would  not give you a specific hint because you have to decide what is better for you.t Furthermore a developer today consults really often the internet to find information does not know. Just digit words as prepare java certification, or books Oracle certification, or if there is a topic from UCertify that you do not understand just write  on an internet engine something as for instance, java constructor, or static java, and you are going to find a lot of information.

When I started to move the first steps, my English was quite broken, and I was not able to ask the just question. If you ask the best question you are going to find  with some the right reply. This forum is the most friendly in the world, and is habit to help who starts. I am sorry you have been downsized at a middle age, I become developer when I was  44 years old as well. Maybe a nice place where to start is a book that is often recommended in this forum Head First Java, is really catching because uses a specific learning method that help to stick things in the mind, making coding fun. It was my first Java book as well, and I really enjoyed. Oracle also does some books well made to take a certification, look for Java programming, is quite a pleasant read.

Wish you good luck with your developer career
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

Maybe you would do better to concentrate on your degree work and seeking jobs, rather than the cert exam. But other people will have different opinions.
 
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Hello Aaron, I am also a late joiner to the coding party
I am absolutely convinced that a lot of general life experience is applicable in coding. So, definitely be proud of the experience you can bring to the table!

As for passing the cert: For strictly getting that done, there are highly specialized courses in udemy. You will have to shop around, as everyone with a laptop today is a udemy "lecturer".
When choosing the udemy course, I don't look too much into the "4.5/5 stars" thing - a lot of these comments are... of dubious quality.
Also, if it looks like the course is "pushing" in some way, like offering a lot more hours than the other courses, it's probably angled more towards getting your money than getting you a cert.
I usually go for the courses that describe themselves with subtlety and a professional writing style.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Welcome to the Ranch

Maybe you would do better to concentrate on your degree work and seeking jobs, rather than the cert exam. But other people will have different opinions.



I really wish I could ignore the cert but sadly the course's final is the cert exam.

I thank everyone else for their input as well. I have done quite a bit of searching I just like to find out what resources everyone else has utilized in their time. One of the other big resources I utilize is Cybrary.
 
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Aaron Marks wrote:. . . the course's final is the cert exam.

In which case you would do well to seek advice from whoever is teaching the course. You did say degree earlier.

I thank everyone . . .

That's a pleasure

One of the . . . resources I utilize is Cybrary.

Please supply more details of Cybrary, which I Haven't heard of before.
 
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