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Congrats Scott Selikoff and Jeanne Boyarsky on your new book: OCP Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 17 Developer Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-829

Your book looks like it will really help a candidate to prepare for the exam objectives and competencies.

When coding, we often rely on productivity tools such as IntelliSense, and these tools help us to quickly build statements without memorizing exact syntax.

For the exam, will the candidate need to have a strong ability to quickly detect potential syntax errors?
Does the candidate need to be able to immediately recognize language syntax mistakes that will cause compile errors?
For instance, if multiple choice questions, will some of the potential answers intentionally be designed with "hidden" syntax errors requiring the candidate to know if the statement would even compile?

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Geoff
 
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I would expect so yet. I was one of the tech reviewers for the Bates & Sierra Java 8 cert books and many of the examples had answer choices of "Does not compile". I'd expect that theme would have continued throughout on the exams.
 
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Thanks Tim.

That's good to know. The productivity tools like IntelliSense are great, but we rely on them to prompt us with the appropriate syntax. Can't do that on an exam!

Tim Cooke wrote:I would expect so yet. I was one of the tech reviewers for the Bates & Sierra Java 8 cert books and many of the examples had answer choices of "Does not compile". I'd expect that theme would have continued throughout on the exams.

 
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Yes. You have to be able to spot compiler errors. This is why we recommend using the command line when studying rather than an IDE
 
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I think there are even questions where the code can cause multiple compiler errors and we are asked to spot all the statements that would cause errors.
Quite challenging.

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Thanks Jeanne,

Years ago, I always used the command line, but more recently I have relied more on an IDE, and there is a significant advantage to the repetition of actually typing the commands to help reinforce remembering of the exact syntax.

Thanks.

Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Yes. You have to be able to spot compiler errors. This is why we recommend using the command line when studying rather than an IDE

 
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