Hello everyone. I finally decided to get started down the road of Java Certification and am working towards SCJA. I recently purchased the Fundamentals of Java Programming web course(for 180 days) web course from the Sun website. Just curious if anyone else has completed this course and if so was it enough preperation to pass the SCJA cert or is more recommended?
I appreciate and welcome any advice and look forward to learning and sharing with you all in these forums.
I was sort-of in your shoes 6 months ago. After taking and failing the test in June, here's my experience.
I found "Fundamentals of the Java(TM) Programming Language" (WJB-110A-180) (J2EE(tm) to be somewhat valuable, but I needed much more detailed material. I could have skipped that course and just relied on books like "Teach Yourself Java" and "Head On Java" among others.
These books helped me with OO concepts like Inheritance, Interfaces, Abstract Classes, etc. Find a book that matches up with your learning style. Only basic Java knowledge is needed for the SCJA exam, so you don�t go too deep into advanced Java concepts before you take can take test. Make sure to learn about the new Enumerations in Java.
A Sun course that I did find valuable was "Platform Overview for Managers" (WJTB-310-180). That covered the J2EE and UML parts of the test. This course completely covered the J2EE stuff needed for the test. For UML, I found some web pages that covered UML basics were more useful than the course.
I would also recommend trying one of the many exam simulator programs that are for sale on the web.
You can checkout the SCJA course on www.ejavaguru.com The best part is not just do they do all the legwork for digging out the right material, they will also quiz you and tell if you are ready for real exam.