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Recent posts by travis thompson

Kego Radebe wrote:

travis thompson wrote:Hey guys,

I passed with 72%, that's 7% over the cut score. Definitely felt like I was cutting it close. Feels good to be done, though! I used uCertify and Enthuware, which pull from the same question bank it seems. I like enthuware the best, followed by the 'Trancender' question set inside of uCertify.

Enthuware 'Last Day Test' - 68%

This is my first programming class, and I'm new to coding overall. But now I can say I'm a certified programmer!



Hi, How long did it take to prepare. I am new to programming but I did a alot of C++ at varsity for the past 2 years.

Wanna write end of March , is it possible?



I think you can definitely do it, Kego! I'm still a bit fuzzy on this topic, but one thing I learned is that C++ has pointers and Java does not. Then you learn that Java is strictly pass-by-reference but in the case of Objects it's effectively pass-by-value. This topic and pointers are closely connected, but I have a hard time describing exactly how.

What I'm trying to say is that you probably already have some applicable knowledge. You should be able to pick up Java quickly, I would think.

I agree with Liutauras Vilda below, great advice. Grind those practice tests out if you want this cert!
2 years ago
Hey guys,

I passed with 72%, that's 7% over the cut score. Definitely felt like I was cutting it close. Feels good to be done, though! I used uCertify and Enthuware, which pull from the same question bank it seems. I like enthuware the best, followed by the 'Trancender' question set inside of uCertify.

Enthuware 'Last Day Test' - 68%

This is my first programming class, and I'm new to coding overall. But now I can say I'm a certified programmer!
2 years ago
Wow I wasn't expecting the author to respond! Hi~  I think I will go back and really look into those chapter review tests in detail. Though I only got 60%, I learned a lot. I'll shoot for higher scores.

Better builds with Maven - great I'll look into that. I guess I just need a project. We work a lot with Powershell at my job. I'm thinking about making a Java program that somehow interfaces with that.

I hacked this program together in one night after reading this book. This is one of my first programs ever, be gentle:

https://github.com/tr4v1sty/TriageRotator

It cycles through a list of people and keeps track of tasks given. It asks to add/remove people to the list when you first run it. I made it with IntelliJ, compiled it into a JAR. Learned a lot doing that! Wouldn't have been able to write this before reading the book, for sure!
Followup from this post:
https://coderanch.com/t/671247/certification/Starting-Sybex-OCA-book#3137760

This is the first programming book I've read. I really enjoyed reading it. The analogies with animals and stuff were cute. I scored about 60% on each practice test for each of the six chapters.

I'm studying for this OCA 8 certification. I have until March to obtain the cert.

I want to make actual programs for my IT job. I've been looking into JavaFX, maven, and other languages.

I would like another book to read. Any recommendations?


Thanks,
Travis
I got a 63% on the Ch 1 review test. Quite a few stupid mistakes on my part

Feeling shaky about these parts:
- System.gc() and finalize()
- tricky ways to declare your main method
- constructor behavior

Not looking for any specific help. Just reporting in! Open for discussion~~

The Sybex book said that you do not need to memorize the specific min/max values of the primitives.

I think you do need to know the default value of each primitive. for example float = 0.0, int = 0

Narayana Bojja wrote:Hi travis thompson,

I need to obtain this cert within 6 months.


Do you have Java working experience ? or Do you know Java basics ??. If you say Yes for any one of those questions , No need to spent 6 months time for OCAJP exam . Because it just covers Java language basics in depth. Yo need to get Clear understanding about all exam objectives which are mentioned in OCAJP 7/8 . You didn'nt mention which exam you are taking. No OCAJP requires 6 months.
Even you are beginner  two and half months or two months time is enough. I can give you few suggestions.

1. When you complete each chapter , note down important points even the book contains summary points.

2. Do not take any test till you get clear understanding.

3. Revise the concepts multiple times.

4. Analyse each concept practically.

Hope it helps !



Hi Narayana,

Thanks for the great advice! No, I don't have any work experience programming in Java. I have been in IT for about eight years. I've created basic scripts and worked a bit with Powershell.

That's good to hear that even a beginner could get it done in two months!

I am taking the OCAJP 8 exam.

I've learned a lot already going through chapter one of the Sybex book. I read slowly, and made sure I understood concepts before moving on. I will take the chapter one review test soon.



Ganesh Patekar wrote:Welcome to CodeRanch!

Here are some link which might be useful whilst preparing for this exam.

For OCAJP Faq Click here --->OCAJP Faq

For OCA 7/8 study materials click here --->OCA 7/8 study materials

For OCA Java SE 7/8 Exam updates --->OCA Java SE 7/8 Exam updates

If you have any question about OCAJP 7/8 Or about any other topic, you can use search option which is in menu that is an easy way to get already answered questions as you may have Or yet not satisfied you can always create here --->OCAJP Or in respective forum.

If want to know experience and resources of users who passed this exam click here --->Ocajp Wall Of Fame read story column. Click here to see one of them.



Thank you very much for the links! This forum is priceless for n00bs like me.
Hi all,

Just got through chapter one. About to take the chapter review test.

On the preassesment I got every single question wrong. Clearly I have my work cut out for me.

I need to obtain this cert within 6 months. here we go!
I will be taking the OCA: Java 8 associate exam within the year. I have little to no prior programming experience~

Delighted to see your participation in these forums!