About this Book
This book is written for developers with a working knowledge of Java who want to earn the OCA Java SE 8 Programmer Certification. It uses powerful tools and features to make reaching your goal of certification a quick, smooth, and enjoyable experience. This section explains the features used in the book and tells you how to use the book to get the most out of it as you prepare for the certification exam. More information on the exam and on how the book is organized is available in the Introduction.
I strongly recommend a structured approach to preparing for this exam. To help you with this task, I developed a chapter-based exam objective map, as shown in figure 1. The full version is in the Introduction (table I.3).
The map in the Introduction shows the complete exam objective list mapped to the relevant chapter and section numbers. You can jump to the relevant section number to work on a particular exam topic.
Each chapter starts with a list of the exam objectives covered in that chapter, as shown in figure 2. This list is followed by a quick comparison of the major concepts and topics covered in the chapter with real-world objects and scenarios.