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Title: OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification Guide
Author: Mala Gupta
Publisher: Manning

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Manning wrote:OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification Guide prepares you for the 1Z0-808 with complete coverage of the exam. You'll explore important Java topics as you systematically learn what's required to successfully pass the test.


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    I give this book 10 out of 10 horseshoes.

    After the reading Mala's extremely popular previous Certification Guide for OCA Java SE 7 exam, I did not expect to see more of an improvement this time, but it seems Mala found the way how to raise the bar once again.

    Mala starts her certification guide with an extensive introduction about the OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Exam as quite often for the students arise such questions as: "Will it be on the exam?", "Do I need to know this?", "Are the questions going to be in the form of...?", "How deep I need to understand...?" and similar.
    I think Mala perfectly clears these doubts right at the beginning of the book in FAQ form and general explanation, so students reading the book could fully concentrate on the exam's actual content without distracting themselves.

    As an extra, for the readers who'll be willing to go for further Java certifications, can find a nice roadmap chart, which clearly illustrates a further certification road and its prerequisites.

    Going further through each of the chapter, I was pleasantly surprised and liked book author's idea about the content of tiny NOTE sections. We all know that certification isn't always about good programming practices, so those NOTE sections let you be aware which coding style should be avoided in real world, and at the same time give some good advices instead.

    Across the book Mala uses quite a lot nice illustrations to visualise concepts which are crucial to understand and some ideas even wraps to a small stories, so it would be easier to remember.
    Having said that, content in the book is well in details explained, where each chapter at the end contains important points summary and the exam type questions followed by the answers with explanation of each (wrong and correct ones).

    From time to time author does some extra steps forward and explains concepts more widely in terms of content, even though it is not going to be on exam, but it is equally useful to understand as for a Java programmer.

    Finally, as befits for a good certification guide, Mala constructed and provided a whole mock exam, which is close to a real one, so you can practice and be ready when the day comes.

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary eBook of this book from the publisher for reviewing it on behalf of CodeRanch.
     
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