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arch correa
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 14, 2000
Posts: 4
hi everyone,
let me introduce myself. my name is archana and i've been a silent spectator to
the discussions at javaranch. i came upon this grrrreeaaaat site by chance, and
boy, am i glad i did !!!
i passed with 71% today. not a great score as some we see, but not bad either.
what say ??
ok, now about the exam itself.
it wasn't too tough. i'd probably rate it around 7 (with 10 being toughest)
like every1 b4 me said, the language is good, no tricky stuff. it's also quite
similar to marcus green's mock tests.
time is more than enuf, i finished in 40 min (i am a voracious reader, so my speed is real good, even otherwise) and then took another 25-30 min to review and scratch my head over some thread questions. i still had time to spare, but i ended the test
with 20 min to spare, coz i couldn't think any more.
there were lots of questions on threads, io, overloading/overriding, loops, etc
here is the breakup of topic wise questions
declarations and access control - 4
flow control & exception handling- 6-7
garbage collection- 1
language fundamentals- 7-8
operators and assignments- 7-8
overloading, overriding....- 8-9
threads- 7
java.awt- 4
java.lang- 4
java.util- 3
java.io- 5-6
in threads, most of the questions were related to synchronization (wait, notify)
threads was my weak point (just 57%)
in IO, you definitely have to know the constructors very well. i studied this
from Complete Reference (Patrick Naughton), and i got 80%
i got 100% in awt and overloading/overriding.
in awt, you have to practice lots of codes, like add components using 1 layout, then change the layout (check some mock tests like abhilash's, they have very good questions on awt)
overloading/overriding questtons, language fundamentals, declarations, etc
i found to be very basic, and hardly took any time to finish these sections.
for loops, if u can crack the stuff in jawroski's applet, then the test will be a breeze.
util questions were very basic.
gc has just 1 question which i got wrong !!
another thing i noticed too, the questions come in the same order as the objectives.
so it's better to finish the first few sections as fast as u can, coz u're definitely
going to need time for threads and io

total prep time - 2 months (average 4 hrs a week, coz i'm married, and also working as a project lead on a java project, so lots of overtime + household chores to boot)
+ 3 days intensive prep b4 exam (approx 6-8 hrs daily for 3 days)
books i used :
1. RHE - i think this is sufficient
2. after 2 rounds of RHE, started with Complete Reference. this goes a lot deeper.
3. lots of notes i collected from the internet (Marcus Green, Jyoti Krishnan,
Raji Swami, Desboro, Dylan Walsh, Kai)
4. JLS (this is a must !!) made some of my own notes from JLS. i can post this if anyone needs it.
5. i did about 25 mock tests from maha anna's page. of these, about 17-18 in the
last 3 days b4 the exam. scores kept rising towards the last few tests.
6. for threads, i went thru the discussions on maha anna's page, the sun tutorial
(this is good too), and Complete Reference.
7. i played the rules round up at javaranch 3 times yest and once today and got 97% avg. it's the cutest way for a fast review of concepts!!
I wish to thank everyone at javaranch for all the help i got.
and I am really really grateful for having the sweetest in-laws, esp, my mom-in-law, who encouraged me a lot. my husband too is a s/w professional, but not a java guy.
he's more into VB and microsoft technologies, and we have a lot of fun debates on
java vs microsoft. i actually understood a lot of concepts clearly during these sessions, bcoz he kept asking me so many questions which i wouldnt even think of.
tmrw, i'm going to be joining my next job !! i'm going to be working on wap, wml, ejb, bluetooth.
i dont know if i should go for the developer or architect exams.
actually i dont know much about the architect exam. also, i heard sun has some sort
of certification for enterprise dev. can someone help me here ??
i hope my long long story is useful to atleast a few people.
thanks again everyone.
please feel free to ask any questions/doubts and if any1 needs my notes on JLS,
just ask.
i'm off to celebrate !!

------------------
~~~arch


~~~arch
faiza haris
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 173
Inspiring!!!
Being a working mother too...I would definitely give you 100% score....and yes i do need your jls.......
did u go through the whole of jls? or selected chapters?
I find it best to study during nights...what was your strategy regarding this...
Also send some coding practices that u think are must....
Thanx for the inspiration again...! i wish i too make it...cuz have been postponing for the scare of it ...!!!phewwww
Faiza
Thara Raj
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 27, 2000
Posts: 2
Hi Archana,
Congrats!! I am planning to do the exam in a few days. I would be thankful if you could send me your JLS notes to tharul@yahoo.com.
Thara
Ana Suzain
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 1
Hi Archana ,
its great score with all the other activities of u,I appreciate it,can u pls send me the notes at this address anasuzain@yahoo.com,and any valuable tips and real exam experiences are welcomed.
Ana
Prasad Ballari
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 23, 2000
Posts: 149
Archan,
Greate.....Congrates ........How did you manage both office house & studies...?
Can you pls send me the JLS notes at ballariprasad@altavista.com
Regards
Prasad
Aru Ven
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 28, 2000
Posts: 199
Hi Archana....
Congratulations on ur SUCCESS........
Aruna
rajan raju
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 22, 2000
Posts: 14
Hi arch
Congrats!!! That is great.
I have to write the exam on 21/11. and happy thing is that i too preparing rhe and complete ref., but i don't have time to go through jls.
So if you send your notes, it will be of great use.
plese send it at the erleist possible in view of my exam date.
my id: rajanraju@hotmail.com
thanks in advance and all the best
rajan.
shanti surap
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 14
Wav!
so inspiring..........
cud u send ur jls for me too.......
Shantisri@hotmail.com
sri devij
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 23, 2000
Posts: 37
Hi Archana
I think it is the great score u got being a working mother.All the bet for your new job.

-shree
Manish Singhal
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 21, 2000
Posts: 104
Well Done Archana
CONGRATULATIONS !!!
All the best
Manish
Siobhan Murphy
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 19, 2000
Posts: 72
Arch
Congratulations!! Enjoy your celebrations and good luck with the new job.
Could you please send your JLS notes to me at
siobhanpmurphy@hotmail.com
Thanks
Siobhan
deven kakkad
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 14, 2000
Posts: 2
hi! Archana
Congrats. it's really inspiring. can u please forward your notes at kakkad@yahoo.co.uk.
Thanks in advance.
Varma Bhupatiraju
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 13, 2000
Posts: 1
Congrats, Archana!!!
Ajith Kallambella
Sheriff

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations Archana!
Ajith


Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Vijay, Bakshi
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 14, 2000
Posts: 40
Hi there!
Congatulations on clearing your exam. Plz do send me your notes on JLS to vijaybakshi@rediffmail.com.
Thanks.
mani sc
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 14, 2000
Posts: 1
hi arch
congratulations
i too am going to give the scjp in 7 days..cud u send me your JLS and any other notes to manimeow@hotmail.com...
Thanks in advance
Shubhangi A. Patkar
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 20, 2000
Posts: 78
archana,
Hats off to you...
Best luck for your new job. Thanks for sharing your experience, and I really hope that you would be raound for at least some more time to come.
Shubhangi
Balaguru Janarthanan
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 01, 2000
Posts: 37
hi,
Could you pls mail me your notes about JLS.
Thank you
Balaguru
Hemant Bhaiya
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 01, 2000
Posts: 21
hi Archana,
Congrats a lot.Can u please mail your notes to me at hemantb@bsil.com .
Thanks in advance.
Hemant
Rahul Sharma
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 03, 2000
Posts: 6
congrats and weldone.....
could u pls send me too ur copy of notes at rahul_sh@indiatimes.com
thanx in advance
Udayan Naik
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 18, 2000
Posts: 135
Congrats Archana !! How did u ever manage it,being a working mother ?? Hat's off to u.Being an Indian,i know how difficult it is to manage a household and education+career together.Great job !!
Best of luck for the future.

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Rahul Sharma
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 03, 2000
Posts: 6
congrats and weldone.....
could u pls send me too ur copy of notes at rahul_sh@indiatimes.com
thanx in advance
Venkatachalam Palanisamy
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 04, 2000
Posts: 12
Hi arch...
Good work. Congrates!!!.
Cau u pls send ur notes(jls) me too. It will be very helpful to me. my id is vp_venkat@yahoo.com

venkat.
raj koura
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 10, 2000
Posts: 11
Congrats Archana,
i am planning to appear in sun java cert by jan, 2001. could u plz send me ur notes, i know they will be of great help.
thanks,
raj.
rskoura@glide.net.in
Sakthivel Arumugam
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 11, 2000
Posts: 5
Hi Archana,
Congrates!!! You have done it.
Could you please send me the JLS notes to my following id.
sakthima@rediffmail.com
Thanks and Regards,
Sakthivel.
Originally posted by arch correa:
hi everyone,
let me introduce myself. my name is archana and i've been a silent spectator to
the discussions at javaranch. i came upon this grrrreeaaaat site by chance, and
boy, am i glad i did !!!
i passed with 71% today. not a great score as some we see, but not bad either.
what say ??
ok, now about the exam itself.
it wasn't too tough. i'd probably rate it around 7 (with 10 being toughest)
like every1 b4 me said, the language is good, no tricky stuff. it's also quite
similar to marcus green's mock tests.
time is more than enuf, i finished in 40 min (i am a voracious reader, so my speed is real good, even otherwise) and then took another 25-30 min to review and scratch my head over some thread questions. i still had time to spare, but i ended the test
with 20 min to spare, coz i couldn't think any more.
there were lots of questions on threads, io, overloading/overriding, loops, etc
here is the breakup of topic wise questions
declarations and access control - 4
flow control & exception handling- 6-7
garbage collection- 1
language fundamentals- 7-8
operators and assignments- 7-8
overloading, overriding....- 8-9
threads- 7
java.awt- 4
java.lang- 4
java.util- 3
java.io- 5-6
in threads, most of the questions were related to synchronization (wait, notify)
threads was my weak point (just 57%)
in IO, you definitely have to know the constructors very well. i studied this
from Complete Reference (Patrick Naughton), and i got 80%
i got 100% in awt and overloading/overriding.
in awt, you have to practice lots of codes, like add components using 1 layout, then change the layout (check some mock tests like abhilash's, they have very good questions on awt)
overloading/overriding questtons, language fundamentals, declarations, etc
i found to be very basic, and hardly took any time to finish these sections.
for loops, if u can crack the stuff in jawroski's applet, then the test will be a breeze.
util questions were very basic.
gc has just 1 question which i got wrong !!
another thing i noticed too, the questions come in the same order as the objectives.
so it's better to finish the first few sections as fast as u can, coz u're definitely
going to need time for threads and io

total prep time - 2 months (average 4 hrs a week, coz i'm married, and also working as a project lead on a java project, so lots of overtime + household chores to boot)
+ 3 days intensive prep b4 exam (approx 6-8 hrs daily for 3 days)
books i used :
1. RHE - i think this is sufficient
2. after 2 rounds of RHE, started with Complete Reference. this goes a lot deeper.
3. lots of notes i collected from the internet (Marcus Green, Jyoti Krishnan,
Raji Swami, Desboro, Dylan Walsh, Kai)
4. JLS (this is a must !!) made some of my own notes from JLS. i can post this if anyone needs it.
5. i did about 25 mock tests from maha anna's page. of these, about 17-18 in the
last 3 days b4 the exam. scores kept rising towards the last few tests.
6. for threads, i went thru the discussions on maha anna's page, the sun tutorial
(this is good too), and Complete Reference.
7. i played the rules round up at javaranch 3 times yest and once today and got 97% avg. it's the cutest way for a fast review of concepts!!
I wish to thank everyone at javaranch for all the help i got.
and I am really really grateful for having the sweetest in-laws, esp, my mom-in-law, who encouraged me a lot. my husband too is a s/w professional, but not a java guy.
he's more into VB and microsoft technologies, and we have a lot of fun debates on
java vs microsoft. i actually understood a lot of concepts clearly during these sessions, bcoz he kept asking me so many questions which i wouldnt even think of.
tmrw, i'm going to be joining my next job !! i'm going to be working on wap, wml, ejb, bluetooth.
i dont know if i should go for the developer or architect exams.
actually i dont know much about the architect exam. also, i heard sun has some sort
of certification for enterprise dev. can someone help me here ??
i hope my long long story is useful to atleast a few people.
thanks again everyone.
please feel free to ask any questions/doubts and if any1 needs my notes on JLS,
just ask.
i'm off to celebrate !!

hmehta
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 20
Hi Archana,
Congrats! Can u send ur notes to hemshef@hotmail.com
ming fan
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 15, 2000
Posts: 21
Congrats on your success. I am planning to take the exam next week too, so can you please also help me and send your JLS notes to minfan@yahoo.com? Thank you very much.
Gautam Pandya
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 17
Congratulations, Archana!!!
And thanks for the detailed note on the exam pattern.
Gautam.
uday shet
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 16, 2000
Posts: 18
Congrats Archana!
I am also appearing for the exam soon. I would appreciate it if you could send your JLS notes to me. My email-id is to_uday@yahoo.com
Thanks,
Uday.
Gayathri Jagannathan
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 13, 2000
Posts: 8
Hi,
Absolutely FAbulous achievement is what i would say.
And i definitely would love to have ur JLS notes
mail:gayathrij@ssi-technologies.com
Three cheers to you
Gayathri


Gayathri
parag bharambe
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 01, 2000
Posts: 41
That's great Archana
Can u send ur notes to paragbharambe@yahoo.com
Anis Kasmani
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 16, 2000
Posts: 6
Hi Archana,
Congratulations on your certification. I have just started my studies for Java certification. I have been a microsoft guy for more than 3 years now. I would appreciate it if you could send me your notes for my reference.
Thanks in advance.
Best Regards,
Anis Kasmani
Originally posted by arch correa:
hi everyone,
let me introduce myself. my name is archana and i've been a silent spectator to
the discussions at javaranch. i came upon this grrrreeaaaat site by chance, and
boy, am i glad i did !!!
i passed with 71% today. not a great score as some we see, but not bad either.
what say ??
ok, now about the exam itself.
it wasn't too tough. i'd probably rate it around 7 (with 10 being toughest)
like every1 b4 me said, the language is good, no tricky stuff. it's also quite
similar to marcus green's mock tests.
time is more than enuf, i finished in 40 min (i am a voracious reader, so my speed is real good, even otherwise) and then took another 25-30 min to review and scratch my head over some thread questions. i still had time to spare, but i ended the test
with 20 min to spare, coz i couldn't think any more.
there were lots of questions on threads, io, overloading/overriding, loops, etc
here is the breakup of topic wise questions
declarations and access control - 4
flow control & exception handling- 6-7
garbage collection- 1
language fundamentals- 7-8
operators and assignments- 7-8
overloading, overriding....- 8-9
threads- 7
java.awt- 4
java.lang- 4
java.util- 3
java.io- 5-6
in threads, most of the questions were related to synchronization (wait, notify)
threads was my weak point (just 57%)
in IO, you definitely have to know the constructors very well. i studied this
from Complete Reference (Patrick Naughton), and i got 80%
i got 100% in awt and overloading/overriding.
in awt, you have to practice lots of codes, like add components using 1 layout, then change the layout (check some mock tests like abhilash's, they have very good questions on awt)
overloading/overriding questtons, language fundamentals, declarations, etc
i found to be very basic, and hardly took any time to finish these sections.
for loops, if u can crack the stuff in jawroski's applet, then the test will be a breeze.
util questions were very basic.
gc has just 1 question which i got wrong !!
another thing i noticed too, the questions come in the same order as the objectives.
so it's better to finish the first few sections as fast as u can, coz u're definitely
going to need time for threads and io

total prep time - 2 months (average 4 hrs a week, coz i'm married, and also working as a project lead on a java project, so lots of overtime + household chores to boot)
+ 3 days intensive prep b4 exam (approx 6-8 hrs daily for 3 days)
books i used :
1. RHE - i think this is sufficient
2. after 2 rounds of RHE, started with Complete Reference. this goes a lot deeper.
3. lots of notes i collected from the internet (Marcus Green, Jyoti Krishnan,
Raji Swami, Desboro, Dylan Walsh, Kai)
4. JLS (this is a must !!) made some of my own notes from JLS. i can post this if anyone needs it.
5. i did about 25 mock tests from maha anna's page. of these, about 17-18 in the
last 3 days b4 the exam. scores kept rising towards the last few tests.
6. for threads, i went thru the discussions on maha anna's page, the sun tutorial
(this is good too), and Complete Reference.
7. i played the rules round up at javaranch 3 times yest and once today and got 97% avg. it's the cutest way for a fast review of concepts!!
I wish to thank everyone at javaranch for all the help i got.
and I am really really grateful for having the sweetest in-laws, esp, my mom-in-law, who encouraged me a lot. my husband too is a s/w professional, but not a java guy.
he's more into VB and microsoft technologies, and we have a lot of fun debates on
java vs microsoft. i actually understood a lot of concepts clearly during these sessions, bcoz he kept asking me so many questions which i wouldnt even think of.
tmrw, i'm going to be joining my next job !! i'm going to be working on wap, wml, ejb, bluetooth.
i dont know if i should go for the developer or architect exams.
actually i dont know much about the architect exam. also, i heard sun has some sort
of certification for enterprise dev. can someone help me here ??
i hope my long long story is useful to atleast a few people.
thanks again everyone.
please feel free to ask any questions/doubts and if any1 needs my notes on JLS,
just ask.
i'm off to celebrate !!


Anis Kasmani
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 16, 2000
Posts: 6
Hi Archana,
Congratulations on your certification. I have just started my studies for Java certification. I have been a microsoft guy for more than 3 years now. I would appreciate it if you could send me your notes for my reference. my email id is akasmani@netpace.com
Thanks in advance.
Best Regards,
Anis Kasmani
Originally posted by arch correa:
hi everyone,
let me introduce myself. my name is archana and i've been a silent spectator to
the discussions at javaranch. i came upon this grrrreeaaaat site by chance, and
boy, am i glad i did !!!
i passed with 71% today. not a great score as some we see, but not bad either.
what say ??
ok, now about the exam itself.
it wasn't too tough. i'd probably rate it around 7 (with 10 being toughest)
like every1 b4 me said, the language is good, no tricky stuff. it's also quite
similar to marcus green's mock tests.
time is more than enuf, i finished in 40 min (i am a voracious reader, so my speed is real good, even otherwise) and then took another 25-30 min to review and scratch my head over some thread questions. i still had time to spare, but i ended the test
with 20 min to spare, coz i couldn't think any more.
there were lots of questions on threads, io, overloading/overriding, loops, etc
here is the breakup of topic wise questions
declarations and access control - 4
flow control & exception handling- 6-7
garbage collection- 1
language fundamentals- 7-8
operators and assignments- 7-8
overloading, overriding....- 8-9
threads- 7
java.awt- 4
java.lang- 4
java.util- 3
java.io- 5-6
in threads, most of the questions were related to synchronization (wait, notify)
threads was my weak point (just 57%)
in IO, you definitely have to know the constructors very well. i studied this
from Complete Reference (Patrick Naughton), and i got 80%
i got 100% in awt and overloading/overriding.
in awt, you have to practice lots of codes, like add components using 1 layout, then change the layout (check some mock tests like abhilash's, they have very good questions on awt)
overloading/overriding questtons, language fundamentals, declarations, etc
i found to be very basic, and hardly took any time to finish these sections.
for loops, if u can crack the stuff in jawroski's applet, then the test will be a breeze.
util questions were very basic.
gc has just 1 question which i got wrong !!
another thing i noticed too, the questions come in the same order as the objectives.
so it's better to finish the first few sections as fast as u can, coz u're definitely
going to need time for threads and io

total prep time - 2 months (average 4 hrs a week, coz i'm married, and also working as a project lead on a java project, so lots of overtime + household chores to boot)
+ 3 days intensive prep b4 exam (approx 6-8 hrs daily for 3 days)
books i used :
1. RHE - i think this is sufficient
2. after 2 rounds of RHE, started with Complete Reference. this goes a lot deeper.
3. lots of notes i collected from the internet (Marcus Green, Jyoti Krishnan,
Raji Swami, Desboro, Dylan Walsh, Kai)
4. JLS (this is a must !!) made some of my own notes from JLS. i can post this if anyone needs it.
5. i did about 25 mock tests from maha anna's page. of these, about 17-18 in the
last 3 days b4 the exam. scores kept rising towards the last few tests.
6. for threads, i went thru the discussions on maha anna's page, the sun tutorial
(this is good too), and Complete Reference.
7. i played the rules round up at javaranch 3 times yest and once today and got 97% avg. it's the cutest way for a fast review of concepts!!
I wish to thank everyone at javaranch for all the help i got.
and I am really really grateful for having the sweetest in-laws, esp, my mom-in-law, who encouraged me a lot. my husband too is a s/w professional, but not a java guy.
he's more into VB and microsoft technologies, and we have a lot of fun debates on
java vs microsoft. i actually understood a lot of concepts clearly during these sessions, bcoz he kept asking me so many questions which i wouldnt even think of.
tmrw, i'm going to be joining my next job !! i'm going to be working on wap, wml, ejb, bluetooth.
i dont know if i should go for the developer or architect exams.
actually i dont know much about the architect exam. also, i heard sun has some sort
of certification for enterprise dev. can someone help me here ??
i hope my long long story is useful to atleast a few people.
thanks again everyone.
please feel free to ask any questions/doubts and if any1 needs my notes on JLS,
just ask.
i'm off to celebrate !!


shilpa h
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 5
Hi Archana
Congrats !!!
It would be great if you could send your notes,got my exams
on 27th and notes from jls will be of great help as i don't have enough time to go thro whole of it.
my id: shilpa_hegde@usa.net
thanks,
shilpa
Eric Fletcher
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 26, 2000
Posts: 188
Archanna,
Congrats, that is some achievement given you personal situation!! I'm just starting on the study path towards the scjp and I would love it if you could e-mail me your notes at eric.fletcher@husa.com. If you decide to post thm instead, please let me know where to find them.
Again Congratulations!!!
EF


My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted. - Steven Wright
York Jerk
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 17, 2000
Posts: 2
Congratulation, Archana!
I am also preparing for the test, could you please send me JLS notes? Thanks in advance!
York Jerk
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 17, 2000
Posts: 2
Congratulation, Archana!
I am also preparing for the test, could you please send me JLS notes? Thanks in advance!
my email is xmhuang25@hotmail.com
Roopa Bagur
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 03, 2000
Posts: 267
Hi Archana,
CONGRATULATIONS...
Could you please mail me your notes..
Thanks,
Roopa
Originally posted by arch correa:
hi everyone,
let me introduce myself. my name is archana and i've been a silent spectator to
the discussions at javaranch. i came upon this grrrreeaaaat site by chance, and
boy, am i glad i did !!!
i passed with 71% today. not a great score as some we see, but not bad either.
what say ??
ok, now about the exam itself.
it wasn't too tough. i'd probably rate it around 7 (with 10 being toughest)
like every1 b4 me said, the language is good, no tricky stuff. it's also quite
similar to marcus green's mock tests.
time is more than enuf, i finished in 40 min (i am a voracious reader, so my speed is real good, even otherwise) and then took another 25-30 min to review and scratch my head over some thread questions. i still had time to spare, but i ended the test
with 20 min to spare, coz i couldn't think any more.
there were lots of questions on threads, io, overloading/overriding, loops, etc
here is the breakup of topic wise questions
declarations and access control - 4
flow control & exception handling- 6-7
garbage collection- 1
language fundamentals- 7-8
operators and assignments- 7-8
overloading, overriding....- 8-9
threads- 7
java.awt- 4
java.lang- 4
java.util- 3
java.io- 5-6
in threads, most of the questions were related to synchronization (wait, notify)
threads was my weak point (just 57%)
in IO, you definitely have to know the constructors very well. i studied this
from Complete Reference (Patrick Naughton), and i got 80%
i got 100% in awt and overloading/overriding.
in awt, you have to practice lots of codes, like add components using 1 layout, then change the layout (check some mock tests like abhilash's, they have very good questions on awt)
overloading/overriding questtons, language fundamentals, declarations, etc
i found to be very basic, and hardly took any time to finish these sections.
for loops, if u can crack the stuff in jawroski's applet, then the test will be a breeze.
util questions were very basic.
gc has just 1 question which i got wrong !!
another thing i noticed too, the questions come in the same order as the objectives.
so it's better to finish the first few sections as fast as u can, coz u're definitely
going to need time for threads and io

total prep time - 2 months (average 4 hrs a week, coz i'm married, and also working as a project lead on a java project, so lots of overtime + household chores to boot)
+ 3 days intensive prep b4 exam (approx 6-8 hrs daily for 3 days)
books i used :
1. RHE - i think this is sufficient
2. after 2 rounds of RHE, started with Complete Reference. this goes a lot deeper.
3. lots of notes i collected from the internet (Marcus Green, Jyoti Krishnan,
Raji Swami, Desboro, Dylan Walsh, Kai)
4. JLS (this is a must !!) made some of my own notes from JLS. i can post this if anyone needs it.
5. i did about 25 mock tests from maha anna's page. of these, about 17-18 in the
last 3 days b4 the exam. scores kept rising towards the last few tests.
6. for threads, i went thru the discussions on maha anna's page, the sun tutorial
(this is good too), and Complete Reference.
7. i played the rules round up at javaranch 3 times yest and once today and got 97% avg. it's the cutest way for a fast review of concepts!!
I wish to thank everyone at javaranch for all the help i got.
and I am really really grateful for having the sweetest in-laws, esp, my mom-in-law, who encouraged me a lot. my husband too is a s/w professional, but not a java guy.
he's more into VB and microsoft technologies, and we have a lot of fun debates on
java vs microsoft. i actually understood a lot of concepts clearly during these sessions, bcoz he kept asking me so many questions which i wouldnt even think of.
tmrw, i'm going to be joining my next job !! i'm going to be working on wap, wml, ejb, bluetooth.
i dont know if i should go for the developer or architect exams.
actually i dont know much about the architect exam. also, i heard sun has some sort
of certification for enterprise dev. can someone help me here ??
i hope my long long story is useful to atleast a few people.
thanks again everyone.
please feel free to ask any questions/doubts and if any1 needs my notes on JLS,
just ask.
i'm off to celebrate !!


Brad Gallagher
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 17, 2000
Posts: 1
Congratulations on passing the exam. I am also looking forward to taking the exam. I just spent a week at a SUN training center up in Pleasaton. I also bought the new edition of the Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide. Our SUN professor recommended this book (it's written by 3 SUN people.. wonder if he got commission.)
I noticed that many people were asking for copies of your notes. I'd like to get all the help I can on passing this exam, so if you're sending out copies, can you please send a copy to me at veebeeprogrammer@yahoo.com ? Or if you are going to post them somewhere, can you please let us know?
Thanks, and congratulations again!
Brad
arch correa
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 14, 2000
Posts: 4
hi Everyone,
I have posted my notes already in the programmer certification board, just in case u havent noticed !!
Happy studying !!
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