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Passed SCJP with 91% this morning

Gian Franco
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
Posts: 977
Hi there,

I'm happy to announce that I passed the SCJP this morning with

The last period my daily activities where hijacked by Java.

Thanks to JavaRanch that bootstrapped the
whole proces of learning. A special thanks
to Valentin Crettaz, Corey McGlone, Barry Gaunt,
and Marlene Miller.

And now the material I used:
JavaRanch Rules Roundup
This game showed me I didn't know as much as I thought in the first
days of my preparation.
Kathy and Bert's guide:
excellent for the exam, I went through it twice and the last days I
flew over the two minutes drill. I did only one master exams of cd.
Sometimes I needed some more info than the book gives to get to know
more about it.
Whizlab's certification software
very good software, it contains some mistakes (but so does K&B, and
nobody is perfect). I got a bit upset with the support staff, they
are not very responsive.
Mughal's and Rasmussen's book
Excellent litterature, that as has often been said covers a bit more
than required.
Java Thread's by Oaks and Wong
Good for confidence building after I've studied from other resources.
Sun tutorials on threads and collections
Very good. I went over these tutorials and played around with the code.
Dan's mock exam
Dan Chisolm's comprehensive test and topic tests are top quality. Dan
Chisolm has polished these questions very thorougly.
Heller and Robberts
Contains some good chapters, for me Threads and Casting are covered nicely,
but it's not my favourite book.
Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel
Great book. I have used this book for further reading on Java next to K&B.
It reassures you on the various concepts.

If I may now that I've passed some tips
Try out mock exam code, check why it works or doesn't work
after all at the end of the day you are doing this to write
some real code.
Keep a list of scores and go over and over the weak areas.
Keep notes and take care of them along the studying proces.

That's all, I'm going to enjoy now,


Gian Franco Casula
[ June 03, 2004: Message edited by: Gian Franco Casula ]

"Eppur si muove!"
Barry Gaunt
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Joined: Aug 03, 2002
Posts: 7729
Congratulations Gian Franco. It's pleasing to help someone who shows he can help himself and others.

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Atanas Roussev
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Joined: Apr 07, 2004
Posts: 33
Congrats Gian Franco

Beny Na
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Joined: May 26, 2004
Posts: 159
Congratulations Gian Franco, when will you take the developer exam

thanks for your suggestions about the books.

Gian Franco
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
Posts: 977

My plan now was to consolidate my knowledge by
focussing for a month or two on testing (Junit),
and Ant, in order to be able to write some
decent code and know how to deploy it properly.

After feeling confident with this I would embarc
on the SCWCD, I guess in about two or three months.


Gian Franco
Gian Franco
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
Posts: 977

I got my certification kit yesterday. That's 12
days after the exam. For those who haven't yet
seen the sun/prometric website, it shows the
progres of the activities related to one's


Gian Franco
Corey McGlone
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Joined: Dec 20, 2001
Posts: 3271
Way to go, Gian Franco! I sure hope to see you hanging around in the SCJP forums some more. For now, enjoy it! You've earned it.

SCJP Tipline, etc.
Lukas Alamar
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Joined: Mar 17, 2004
Posts: 68
...e vai!!


You did a really good job!

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