This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.
And I had no chance of passing if not for Java ranch. So a big THANKS to all the ranchers. Though I haven't contributed much, I visited this forum atleast 5 times a day and checked out nearly all the old threads!!!
As I couldn't afford to buy a certification study guide, I prepared fully with available online materials only!(ofcourse, I have got about 3 books on Java and I've some 2 years experience.) Without Marcus green and Dan Chisholm, I would have been lost though.
As for my preparation, the only mistake I did was I mixed up with the mock exams for studying instead of with testing myself. Oh well, never mind....anyone starting preparations now, save the marcus green exam for the last minute and instead use dan chisholm's single topic exams for studying. They all come with good explanations.
I know I could have done better, but given my preparations, I did expect around 80% and so no surprise there. But the surprise was I scored 100% in Threads!!! it was the one subject I was not really sure about and spent so much time on, so it feels really good.(and the first 10 questions on the exam were from threads! very encouraging!!!) Shame though on Flow control, assertions & exception handling, where I scored only 67% and I haven't got a clue which questions I did wrong, so that makes it worse!
It was a difficult decision going for 1.4 instead of 5, but for me it was only a stepping stone for SCWCD & I wanted to spend more time on that than scjp. Ofcourse i will study the new features anyway, but just not taking the exam now. I've already started on the HFSJ last week, planning to do a small project & probably take the exam in 6 months time, perhaps? don't know...but right now, Terry Pratchett is been calling to me for a while now & so, Discworld, here I come!!!
Thanks once again for all the ranchers...
-Vidhya. (ps. don't mind my lengthy rambling...i'm still too excited!!!) [ May 11, 2006: Message edited by: PV Vidhya ]