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.
Passed SCJP 1.5 on Feb 11 with 94% score! I would like to thank the excellent K&B book, it's truly amazing.
When I started preparing for the exam, I first bought the K&B 1.4 book when the 1.5 book was not available yet. My plan was to study the materials in 1.4 and then update myself to the new 1.5 topics. I thought I covered the topics, then when I came across the K&B 1.5 version in bookstore, I found out the 1.5 exam is so different that I have to buy the 1.5 book. It was suprising when I did well in the mock exams in the 1.4 book but 1.5 is much harder, especially on generics.
I really like the latest 1.5 book where the self-test answers repeat the original questions, saved a lot flipping back and forth.
And thanks to JavaRanch too, definitely the best java forum on the web! The javaranch mock exam list is the most comprehensive page containing different levels of mock exam questions.
We're glad the book helped, and we'er happy to get the feedback about the answer pages. We had a long fight to get those pages, because it made the book longer, but we thought it would make the tests more usable, and it's great to hear that you agree!
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