Friday, June 2, 2017

2 Books to Prepare for Spring Professional Certifications Exam

Ever since Pivotal has removed the requirement of mandatory training to become a certified Spring developer, many Spring developers have been asking for good resources to prepare for Spring Professional V4.2 Exam and Spring Professional V4.3 Exams e.g. good books, mock exams, study notes etc. to prepare for Spring Core Certifications via self-study. Since, earlier, you cannot give Spring certification exam without attending an online or instructor-led core Spring training, which cost around 3200 USD in the USA and North America and 50K INR in India, many experienced Spring developers refrain from becoming a certified Spring developer. Now that restriction has been lifted and it's not mandatory to take training to take Spring certification, many Java developers who have good working experience in Spring framework are looking to get recognition for their skill.

This is also a very good opportunity for both junior and intermediate Java developers to add this high profile certification in your resume as you just need to spend 200 USD to buy exam voucher. It's even cheaper the Oracle's Java certification which cost around 246$ in the USA and around 10K INR in India.

Spring is one of the most popular Java frameworks of last decade. Introduced in October 2002 with the Idea of dependency injection, Spring has a come a long way to become the default Java application development framework. With its popularity, demand for Java Developer with Spring skills also grows and till date Spring remains the key technology to get a Job in Java web development world.




Books to Prepare Spring Professional Certifications Exam

Here are a couple of good books to prepare for Spring Core or Spring Professional Certification Exam. Apart from these two books, you can also purchase David Mayer's Spring Web Simulator to prepare well. It contains more than 400 questions on various exam topics and provides you much-needed practice to improve your speed and accuracy. Remember, you need to score around 78% to pass the Spring certification i.e. you need to answer 38 questions correctly out of 50 question in 90 minutes.

The industry also recognizes certified developers e.g. Oracle Certified Java Developer and Pivotal Certified Spring developers. Pivotal, the company behind Spring framework, provides several Spring based certifications e.g. Spring Professional certification exam to recognize your Spring core skills and Spring Web Application Developer exam to recognize your Spring MVC and Web Flow skills.



Spring in Action
This is one of the best books to learn Spring from a long time, even I learned Spring framework by reading this book. The best part of this book is that it is now updated and the 4th edition covers Spring 4, which makes it an ideal book to prepare for Spring Professional V4.2 Exam and Spring Professional V4.3 Exam. Though you can use the earlier version of the book as well, it makes more sense to read the latest version to prepare recent exam topics added on 4.2 and 4.3 version of Spring Core Certification.

2 Books to Prepare for Spring Professional Certifications Exam

Even though this book is not organized as per the exam topics, as it is not a study guide but a general book to learn Spring framework it covers most of the exam topics. It is also a recommended book by Pivotal and mentioned in the official Spring Certification Study Guide for v4.0/4.1 and Study Guide for v4.2/4.3,


Pivotal Certified Professional Spring Developer Exam: A Study Guide
The 1st edition of Pivotal Certified Professional Spring Developer Exam by Iuliana Cosmina is the only study guide available for Spring core verification i.e. Spring Professional V4.2 Exam and Spring Professional v4.3 Exam. The good part of this book is that it covers all exam topics given in official study guide and it is a structure for certification i.e. it contains quizzes and practice questions after each chapter to make you familiar with concepts which are important from exam perspective. You will also find useful tips sprinkled around the book for Spring certification. In nutshell, an ideal book to prepare for Spring Core Certifications if you rely on self-study instead of training.

Best book for Spring Framework Certification exam



Since Spring training material was designed for Spring certifications and till last month training was mandatory to take the exam, many candidates just take training use the study material to prepare for Spring core certifications. This means absolutely no demand for any study guides for Spring certifications.

Now that restriction has been lifted and training is optional, many experienced Java and Spring developers, who prefer self-study over training are looking to get certified I expect more books and study guides will come into market, but till then you can use these two books to prepare for Spring core certification i.e. Spring Professional v4.2 Exam and Spring Professional v4.3 Exam.

One more thing you can do is to buy David Mayer's Spring Mock Exam, this will help you to get yourself familiar with exam pattern and the level of questions you can expect in real exam. You can use this simulator to improve your speed and accuracy as well as fill the gap in your knowledge. It will also help you to find your strong and weak areas.




Other Useful Resources for Spring Core Certifications
Free Spring Certification dumps and PDF
Java & Moie's Core Spring 4.2 Certification Exam PDF
Official Spring Certification Page
Official Spring Certification Study Guide for v4.2/4.3
Spring Boot in Action

That's all about some of the good books to prepare for Spring Core Certification. Even best of the books become quickly out-of-date but thankfully Spring in Action is updated to Spring 4 and it's still the best book to prepare for Spring Professional V4.2 Exam and Spring Professional V4.3 Exam.

I also suggest you buy an exam voucher as soon as possible because exam voucher is now very cheap, around 200 USD and I expect them to become little more expensive as demand will now increase. They are also valid for 1 year so you can take the exam within 1 year, which mentally provide a deadline to you to become Spring certified. You can even make it a goal to come certified Spring professional this year if you want to.

3 comments :

KRISHNA CHAITANYA said...

Can you say which book i can prefer to learn java

Javin Paul said...

Hello Krishna, Please check out my suggestion on good books to learn Java

Radhakanta Ghosh said...

Don't prefer any book. Prefer net if you have

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