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Which one of the 2 books would you recommend?

Giovanni De Stefano
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Hello folks!

I am planning to take the SCJA Exam and after a little googling I have found the following 2 books:

SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide for Test CX-310-019, 2nd Edition - Incredible Update to the former ExamScam Book (Paperback)

SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide (Exam CX-310-019) (Study Guide & CD) (Hardcover)

Which one would you recommend to an experienced Java Programmer (I am also SCJP certified)?

Thank you very much for your help!

Cheers,
Gio :-)


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Mary Alexis Mejia
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Joined: Nov 11, 2007
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Hi,

I'm currently reading McKenzie's book
SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide for Test CX-310-019, 2nd Edition - Incredible Update to the former ExamScam Book (Paperback). And I would say, its a very good SCJA book. It's not boring unlike other technical books and it's easy to understand. I really enjoy reading it as if i'm reading a novel that I want to finish it in one sitting. It tackles every objective of the SCJA exam. I'm learning a lot from it. I also bought his SCJA mock exam book which I will go over after I read the entire Study Guide. 'hope this helps. When do you intend to clear the exam?
Giovanni De Stefano
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Hello!

Thanks for your answer, I am planning to start studying in January.

Hopefully I will be able to take the exam in March/April.

Cheers,
Giovanni
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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From this thread here, you will realize that a pure programming background isn't good enough for the SCJA exam. Programming concepts are important, but syntax is only about 20%, and OOA&D is about 20% as well. Beyond that, you really need to know about the client and server technologies sections, along with a few other important tidbits.

The Study Guide is probably what you need to really polish off any knowledge gaps that might exist between your programming background, and big picture Java. The Questions Guide then really drives home the concepts time and time again.

Best of luck!

-Cameron McKenzie
Giovanni De Stefano
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Hello Cameron,

thanks for your answer. I finally decided to buy your books and get ready for the exam! :-)

On amazon.com I have found more than two books by you, would you be so kind to address me to the latest version of the study guide and the mock exam?

A direct link to amazon.com would be great! :-D

Many thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Giovanni
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Yeah, I rebranded the books. People didn't like the ExamScam name. I thought it was cute, you know, EXAMS by CAMeron , take out the by and the eron and you've got ExamsCam. Anyways, people said calling it a 'scam' was a disservice to the quality of the books, so I rebranded it "Cameron McKenzie's SCJA Certification Guide." Appeals more to my ego, anyways, Plus, there's lots of added content in the rebranded books, lots of fixed typos, and lots of new ones thrown in for old times sake.

The "Buy From Amazon" icons on this page will take you to the latest editions, although the page itself has the old 'ExamScam' images:

SCJA Certification Study Guides - Sun Certified Java Associate

Best of luck!

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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