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Rob Acraman
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Joined: Dec 03, 2000
Posts: 89
A month ago, I had never even looked at Java. However, being a contractor with out-of-date skills (anyone heard of Ingres nowadays? Didn't think so ), I suddenly came onto Sun's site and decided to go for it!
In addition, I'm planning to head back to my hometown London for a year if I can land work (some hope of that with Ingres!), so my folks can see their grandkids.
So, no pressure - but none of that would happen and I'd be left in the rut if I didn't get the SCJP.
Sat it this-morning, and scored ........ 86%
Many thanks to all the folks at JavaRanch - The BEST site for SCJP on the web.
For my study, I didn't actually get any books and did it all off free resources on the web. Do *NOT* follow this example unless you already have a proven ability to pick up computer languages quickly AND you're pushed for time/money.
The invaluable resources I used mainly were:
- Marcus Green's excellent tutorials and mock exams
- Bruce Eckle's great Thinking-In-Java ( Not a certification book, but excellent general-java,
- Velmurugan's complete and concise study notes (
- Where else but JavaRanch. Only discovered this great place last week
The exam was about the same toughness as Marcus', but again I was scoring 95% on his.
Not too many notes, but:
- Really learn your IO constructors (plus one question on File class)
- Know when you can use *and CANNOT use* "static"
- A couple of questions on StringBuffer, which I had neglected
- What happens with components and containers when you resize
Practical tips:
- Take lots of mock exams - Marcus' and harder. Whenever you get a question wrong, WRITE IT DOWN and then study it. Write programs to illustrate the point, and then play with them. Different tests throw problems in different areas and in different ways - take several, but don't get downhearted/bogged down with questions way outside the stated SCJP objectives.
- Become a ferret! After you've studied a subject, skim other sources on it. It's unlikely any one source covers ALL details; skimming can put things in a new light and help you pick up other little (but important) facts
- Nothing beats a good-night's sleep, and a pre-test relaxing cup of coffee! Keep your wits about you.
- Aim to get through all the questions in no more than an hour. In the remaining time, look over your marked ones, and go through ALL the questions at least once.
Last but not least, Post to JavaRanch - Both questions and answers. Both sorts of posts WILL help you
Many thanks one and all. Just two questions left, now:
- Do I go for Developer or Architect next, and
- Anybody know of any jobs in London???
Angela Poynton
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Joined: Mar 02, 2000
Posts: 3143
Well done! That's fantastic .... glad you were able to pick it up quickly. You might want to apply to work here at BA if you're coming to london. Our E-Commerce Dept could always use another Guru!

Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulations Rob! Great score for only one month and starting Java from scratch. I'm impressed ... sorry, don't know of any jobs in London; although, IBM has a Java center in Hursley Park .. might be worth contacting them; here's there UK Contact Page.
Best of luck!
The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
-- Dorothy Parker

Jane Griscti
SCJP, Co-author Mike Meyers' Java 2 Certification Passport
Ragavan Ram

Joined: Dec 09, 2000
Posts: 4
Hi Rob
iam working in Ingres for a very long time [8 yrs]
Got thru SCJP 2.0 recently and iam also around to switch over to Java platform. Had worked on a Java project for a couple of mos though most of my experience r still w/ Ingres.

Not sure whether a SCJP + a Java project [hardly a couple of mos] will help to get a job .

Sean Casey
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Joined: Dec 16, 2000
Posts: 625
congratulations Rob
That's a great story.
I agree. Here's the link:
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