This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Hi, all ranchers My name is Jamal Hasanov. I am from Azerbaijan Republic. I'm coding in Java since 1997. I have a news for you :-) Today I passed SCJP2 exam with 91% score. I want to thank all Java Ranchers who helped me and who is beginning SCJP preparation in this site. Special thanks to Valentin Crettaz!!! I have some advises for ranchers: 1. Preparation -------------- There are 3 things: Theory,Coding,Mocks. For theory I used RHE,Chapter 7,18 from KM (I downloaded them) and articles from java.sun.com. I used JQ+,Boson,Khalid Mugal's exam,JExam,... Most useful is JQ+: I found some qestions from JQ+ in real test!.I scored 83% in JQ+. After mock exams,test each question(even if you answered correctly) and create your own questions.(for example change modifiers,add/remove static in mock exam question ) After this you can taka notes. This will help you to understand the basic java rules. 2. Before Exam -------------- You'll be ready to exam when first time in JQ+ you'll score more than 80% I planned to learn GridBagLayout a day before exam.(because you'll forget it if you'd learn it without coding). I also learned Collention,Map hierarchy(from RHE) and repeated I/O functions a day before. paralelly I was doing Mock exams and reading scjp notes from internet. 3 day before my schedule was like this. Wake up at 6:00. Do JQ+ go to sleep at 8:00 wake up at 9:00 Analyze JQ+ questions go to sleep at 10:00 wake up at 11:00 Do JQ+ ........ Aftet 15:00 i did the same but with theory&coding After 20:00 playing billiard with friends:-) After 22:00 till 24:00- test Last day do nothing!!! Just read your own preparation notes. 3. In exam ---------- Don't listen music,watch TV,etc before exam. Plan exam as early as possible!!! Now, the main TIP: When in exam you see 5 answers, for examplpe A,B,C,D,E and you quess that B and E are correct(if test asks to choose two:-)) ) be sure that ACD are false. It helped me. There are a lot of similar answers and you can choose the wrong one at first look. Bye, Jamaladdin Z. Hasanov Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform. That's all