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Gaurav Kalra

Joined: Mar 13, 2001
Posts: 27
Hi All,
I sat for the sun exam today, and got certified with 91%. I
knew i would pass but i expected the exam to be a tougher one
and was expecting aroung 80%. To my surprise, the exam is pretty
simple and most of the people who can clear the mock exams, can
also clear the exam with a pretty decent percentage.
I would advise people due to appear in the exam to appear
for as much mocks as possible. Don't miss the Marcus Green's
one, they are excellent.
As far as the exam was concerned, there were about 6-7 questions
on I/O, but not to worry, they were pretty straight-forward. Just
keep in mind about the constructors and the functionality
provided by each class. It was my weakest topic and i got 100%
in it.
The questions on Threads were difficult, but provided time
is devoted to them, they can be logically solved. I got 85%
in this section.
The exam covered bit of all utils, awt, command line arguments,
overloading, overriding etc. but they were pretty straight forward
At last, I would like to thank everyone for providing such
a healthy environment, where people could share their experiences
and help other get certified.
Thanx to Jane, Maha anna, Bill, Shailesh, Marcus green, Mapraputra and many others who helped me with their experience and provided such a good environment for sharing knowledge.
I would continue to be here and help others from my experiences
with the exam. If anyone wants to clear any point or has
any doubts, he can also contact me personally at
Also please guide me as to what i should do next Developer
or Architect. Also i would like to appear for OCP.
Any resources!
Jane Griscti
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulations Guarav ... great score
For advice on the Developer and Architect exams, might help if you post in the relevant forums, see what others say.
I originally thought I would try the Architect's exam next but Sun has changed it from being one exam to three! (See ) so instead I decided to work on topics for the SCJD first; couldn't face the thought of three exams
What is OCP??
Best of luck with your studies.
Jane Griscti
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform

Jane Griscti
SCJP, Co-author Mike Meyers' Java 2 Certification Passport
Gaurav Kalra

Joined: Mar 13, 2001
Posts: 27
Thanx Jane for the link and the support all throughout my preparation for SCJ2P.
Well OCP stands for Oracle certified professional.
Dominic Steng�rd
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 186
Congratulations Gaurav, on your success!
I have decided to go for the Developer exam before trying out the Architect exam, and my reason for this is that I enjoy coding and after hearing what Jane had to say about the architect exam being 3 parts I am really happy with my decission!
Happy coding.
Dominic Steng�rd
Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer

Dominic Steng�rd<br />Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer
Gaurav Kalra

Joined: Mar 13, 2001
Posts: 27
Thanx Dominic,
I too have decided to go in for the developer exam. R u just starting for the exam. I am. If u r too, then it's really encouraging to go in for the developer exam with u.
I've read u'r lots of post and like them all. Stay in touch.
Dominic Steng�rd
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 186
I will hopefully be downloading the assignment 10 days from now (17th of April), and I would really like to keep in touch!
When are you going for the exam?

[This message has been edited by Dominic Steng�rd (edited April 04, 2001).]
Gaurav Kalra

Joined: Mar 13, 2001
Posts: 27
Hi Dominic!
u've been fast on that. Well i don't know what to do ( or rather how to go about it). I think first i have to register with sun and then download the assignment.
Do u know in how much time i can clear the exam. I would definately want to do it as soon as i can. By the way, how do u see the result of u'r certification on the net.
I've got my candidate id and registration id, but not the password. I would definately be in touch with u and it's a good feeling of preparing for the developer exam with "Dominic".
See ya later
Jane Griscti
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Hi Guarav, Dominic ...
If I remember right, the first time you logon they ask you to select a password, or they assign you one and e-mail it to you, can't remember now ... but I know I didn't have any problems with the site.
Dominic ... you're not wasting any time! Still haven't d/l the assignment. Trying to find things to practice on first .
You might want to pick up Java Networking Programming by Rusty Elliot Harold. Matt Delacey, a Ranch Hand who's working on the SCJD assignment, recommended it to me and it's very good.
Guarav ... you have to buy the voucher from Sun first, then I think they send you a url and password that lets you access and d/l the file. There's no time limit on completing the code. Most posts I've seen say it takes approx 120hrs of work.
Best of luck.
Jane Griscti
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
Dominic Steng�rd
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 186
Hi there, Gaurav and Jane!
Well Gaurav, I think you got all the answers you were looking for from Jane. Sorry, but I don't know at all how long it will take you to finish the exam. On Sun's site they say that the programming task should take aprox 25-30 hours. But if some of the areas in the project are new to you it probably will take some more time. But the main purpose for doing this exam should be learning more about Java.
Jane... you're so correct, I don't waste any time, life is way to short. Thanks for the advice considering the book, I will have a look at it tomorrow. What about joining us for the SCJD exam? The three amigos would ride again.
Next week I will be attendeing a 5 day course called "Advanced Java programming", some of the subjects will be:
* database management
* thread programming
* network programming
* and loads more...
It's going to be great, I can't wait!!
Out of pure interest it would be fun knowing where you live, and I happen to know that Jane lives in Canada. But where do you live Gaurav?
Got to go, but I'm looking forward to your replies.

Dominic Steng�rd
Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer
Gaurav Kalra

Joined: Mar 13, 2001
Posts: 27
Thanx Dominic, Jane for all those information.
Well Jane, i thought the spellings of my name was
a typo by u, but it is gaurav. Not that i'm complaining
but i thought u missed it the first time.
Thanx for the name of the book and the information
regarding the results. I surely will check it out.
Well i would definitely register for the exam in a day
or too. Dominic has been real fast and he is going
great guns.
Hi dominic,
Hope u r still coding in the best language in the world.
(Earlier my favourites were C and C++, not that i don't
enjoy coding in C and C++, but i like Java more than
So is it real difficult to wait for the Advanced Java
course. Well i think it really is. Don't worry time
runs like anything.
I really liked u'r idea to know about each other. All
my life i wanted to make friends on the internet, and
i think this is the best time of my life to have friends
who have the same interests as mine.
Well my full name is Gaurav Kalra, am 22 yrs old and
live in Delhi, India. I have completed my graduation
in Computer science and currently i'm doing my masters
in software engineering. I am a fan of Nirvana, Bryan adams
and many more with smells like teen spirit of Nirvana being
my favourite.
I started programming in 1996, and my first language
was Pascal. Then the thing never stopped and worked
a lot in C, C++, VC++, VB, Sybase, Access, Perl, PHP,
ASP, JSP, mSQL, Oracle.
But i have programmed little in Java, although i've
been with Java for the past 3 yrs. But i guess i'm so
strong in C, C++ programming and i know java well in
terms of its difference with C and C++, that i will
have no problems. This is the reason i was asking about
the maximum time duration reqd to complete the assignment.
I am currently working on making an intercative website
using jsp (Although i don't use JSP tags much and it almost
consists of the java code quering databases and sending
the responses).
I guess that's what u were asking for. I would definitely
want to know more about u both - where r u from, what r u
doing, what u like, u'r experiences and many more things.
Hope u'll reply soon. We'r gonna do it in style.
Dominic Steng�rd
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 186
Hi Gaurav and Jane!
Hope you are fine.
I am getting really excited about the idea of getting
to know eachother better!
You know my name, I'm 24 years old and I live in
Stockholm, Sweden. When not programming I enjoy:
reading, travelling and spending time with my
family and friends.
I have worked as an Internet consultant for the last
2 years. Last monday I started my new job as a
Java consultant for a very successful and professional
company called Cyber Com (
In the evenings I am finishing my degree in Computer
Science. So as you can probably imagine, my days are
rather busy.
My favourite language is, of course, JAVA! I used to
program in Object Pascal and VB, but when I got involved
in my first real Java project about a year ago I was hooked,
and from that day on I never looked back.
One of the things that I really like about Java is that the
code is so clean and beautiful. I have some previous
experience from C++ and C and they would definetely be my
number one choise if Java was not around. Java
is less bugg prone, applications are faster to
program and yet it is very powerful. What more can
you ask for!
My current "private"-project is developing the member
section for my site. I use JSP, servlets and Beans. But
like you just commented, it is mostly about transferring
data from the backend to the interface. But coding
my private projects is really a great way of getting
the opportunity to test new technology without having
to mess up my customers systems...
You bet it's hard waiting for next week... you seem to
share the same passion as I do about coding, great!
I would really like to know more about you guys.
How is the city where you live? What is the weather
like this time of the year? etc...
Maybe this is not the forum for discussions like this one,
what do you think? If you would prefer sending mail's
instead that would be just fine with me. My mail
adress is:
Looking forward to your replies... take care.
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Hi Dominic,Gaurav and Jane
Nice to hear u guys giving SCJD together.. I got thru SCJP2 last weekend with 93%. i thought i will give architect exam. But now i feel i would rather join u guys in the preparation.
Iam workin as a consultant for the past 2 years and am in kansas city. iam comfortable i should say with c,perl,lotus notes,broadvision and java.
As every visitor to this site, iam thankful to William Brogden, Marcus Green, Maha Anna, Jim Yingst, Mapraputa Is , Ajith Kallambella , Jane Griscti and numerous other contributors. i am an active reader of this forum for the past 2 to 21/2 months i should say, but hardly posted any msg. Hope i make up for it by contributing hereafter.
I find it bit difficult to prepare amidst my schedule. Hope u guys can drag me along.
Hope to hear from u guys soon

shailesh sonavadekar
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 1874
Congrtulations , Gaurav. Great Score. All the very best for the future. I hope we will hear from you about your success with SCJD.
One more thing I wanted to let you , Dominic & Rathina know. This is Programmer Certification Results Forum. You can start a thread in appropriate forum for Developer certification. Enjoy your SCJD assignments & discussion in Developer Certification Forum.
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