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What is different between the 1st and 2nd editions of Cameron McKenzie's book ?

patrick avery
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I accidentally bought the 1st edition, before I realized that there was a 2nd edition available. My question is whether the exam has changed, which is why the 2nd edition was written or can I assume that the first edition covers everything on the exam? I really don't want to buy the book twice.

Thanks, Pat Avery


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Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Hmm, I ever sent the same thread question with you but it was a long time. As far as I remember, in the 2nd there is less typo since it is a next edition from the 1st one.

But both books cover the same objective, so don't be sorry. Even you bought the first edition of the book, I think you should buy the SCJA exam questions by Cameron too. Lastly, don't forget to buy Java book such as "Head First Java", "Java, the Complete Reference", "Deitel Java How To Program", etc.

hope that helps.

Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Hi, here's Cameron's reply when I asked the same question with you a long time ago.

Well, first off, you need to know that you're going to pass this time around.

The first edition had 300 pages, the second has over 400. Plus, the second edition has corrected a huge whack of typos, but don't worry, we've added a few new ones into the mix as well, just so you dont' feel ripped off.

The first edition had a great level of success getting my students certified, but it was a bit lapidary. The second edition is much more refined, I dropped the "ExamScam" name because so many people complained that it was a disservice to the book, and I switched publisher, so it has a much wider distribution.

Thanks for the order. If you have any questions, feel free to message me through JavaRanch.

Kind regards!

-Cameron McKenzie

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