It's been more than 2 years since Java SE 8 was launched on 17th March 2014 and almost 2 years since we have OCAJP8 live. You might know that in order to become a Java SE 8 certified developer you need to pass two examples, the OCAJP8 (Exam 1Z0-808) and OCPJP8 (Exam 1Z0-809). The first one is called associate level certification and the second one is called professional level certification. When OCAJP8 first comes, there were not enough good books to prepare this exam and many candidates rely heavily on Java 8 books and professional exam simulators like Whizlabs and Enthuware, but if you are going to appear for the OCAJP8 exam now, there are no such problems. In this article, you will find some of the best books to prepare for OCAJP8 exams.
The success mantra for the OCAJP8 exam is very simple, pick up a good study guide, you can choose any of the following books, write code every day, and do a lot of mock exams practice. All you need is be honest, when you write code, make sure you are not only writing but also understanding and experimenting with it.
When you are solving practice questions from mock exams, you are looking at all options. It's not enough to know the right answer but you should also know why other answers are wrong, and finally, you must read the explanations given for practice questions and mock exams. They are the source of rich, exam-centric information. They also help to clear your misconceptions and fill gaps in your knowledge.
When I first did my Java certification, way back when Java 1.4 was new these three mantras helped me to score well and ever since I have recommended this approach to hundreds of my readers. There is no rocket science but just honest preparation with right study materials, books, and practice questions. Best OCAJP8 Books
Even though, Java SE 8 introduces some new concepts e.g. lambda expression, method references, streams, new date and time API and others, the most of the syllabus is similar to OCAJP7. So, if you have any OCAJP7 books , you can still use them for your preparation and later update yourself with new exam objectives. If you are a fresher or appearing first time for any Java certification, you can use following books to prepare for OCAJP8 with exam code 1Z0-808. Remember, there are two exams OCAJP and OCPJP then there are different versions of Java 7 and Java 8, hence exam code is critical to choose the right books. OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification Guide by Mala Gupta
I was waiting for this book ever since I had read Mala Gupta's OCAJP 7 guide and she has definitely followed up quite well with Java 8 new features. You will find lots of helpful diagrams, side notes and clear and concise explanation of edge cases important for Java certficiation clearly higlighted in this book.
As usual, it covers all the topics required for OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification, exam code 1Z0-808 including the Java 8 additions e.g. creating and using lambda expressions, new Date and Time API and several others. It also comes with a full-length Mock exam, which you can use along with David Mayer's Java 8 Certification questions .
Even if you know Java 8, I am sure you will learn something new here or learn newthings about the concept you know well. Overall a very good book for all level of Java programmers who are preparing for OCAJP8 certification exam and if you want to buy just one book for OCAJP8, buy this one.
OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide
This is another best book to prepare for OCAJP 8 exam. It is most up-to-date and complete cover the OCAJP8 exam objectives. The book is written by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff and they have done an excellent job in covering all important aspect of the OCAJP8 exam. The book starts with a self-assessment and contains lots and lots of examples to teach you both new and old concept of Java.
Another good part of this book is detailed explanations of self-assessment questions. Similar to Whizlabs OCAJP 8 Exam simulator , this books not only tells you why to answer A and B are right but also why other answers are wrong, which is great to build concept and correct any misconception.
OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide by Oracle
This is another OCAJP8 book and a good part of this book is that it's from the source i.e. Oracle. The 3rd Edition of this OCA Java SE 8 book by Edward Finegan and Robert Liguori is fully revised and contains up-to-date information aligned with exam objects. Like the previous book, this also includes lots of self-test and exercises. The book also comes along with a CD-ROM containing two complete practice exams. Though the level of questions is not similar to real exam and you would still do better with Whizlabs OCAJP8 exam simulator, nevertheless, they provide some warm-up practice.