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SUN Courses for SCJA

Andrew Jacobs
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Joined: Jan 27, 2008
Posts: 4
Hi guys, i am busy preparing for the SCJA exam, i have both of Cameron's books, the study guide and the questions.
On the Sun site they recommend taking Fundamentals of the Java Programming Language (WJB-110A) has anyone done this course? Is it worth the rather high price? If i dont take this course, will Cameron's books and the Sun practice exam be enough to pass?

Any advice is appreciated.
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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You might want to back track through the message board to find some feedback on the Sun course. It probably wouldn't be appropriate for me to comment on another's resource, especially if I'm reiterating what has already been said about it.

My students have had great success with the two exam guides, and if you understand the material, you are well on your way to passing the exam. The only thing you can't get from reading a book is hands on experience writing Java code. To really earn your certification, you also need some time hacking out some Java code as well. Supplement your reading and test taking with a good dose of Java programming and you'll assuredly do well.

Kindest regards,

-Cameron McKenzie
Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2007
Posts: 759
If you still doubt about the exam, consider buying some basic java book like "Head First Java", "Java For Dummies", "Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days". Although the books covered materials that doesn't covered in SCJA exam, you'll still get the experience of writing code and do the book exercises (if any). After all, you already have the best books.


Good luck and don't forget to put your name in SCJA wall of fame in http://faq.javaranch.com/java/ScjaWallOfFame

link to http://www.coderanch.com/t/142477/sr/certification/Failed-SCJA-Passed-SCJP-Finally to see my experience in SCJA if you want.


Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
SCJP 5.0
SCJA
Andrew Jacobs
Greenhorn

Joined: Jan 27, 2008
Posts: 4
Cameron and Jeffry thanks very much for the information, it is as i suspected, Cameron's books cover everything i need in order to pass the exam. I will update on how i get on.
 
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