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Timothy O'Leary
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Joined: Jul 28, 2004
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I just recently passed my Prog Exam and want to continue down the path of learning do my developer exam. However the book i used in the prog exam to study from was not that great and I want a better one for the developers. Anyone have a suggestion?

Also I am nervous about how this exam works. Could anyone tell me more about the exam besides what the format is and stuff? Any other help would be great.

Tim
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Robert Konigsberg
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Have you looked at this FAQ: http://faq.javaranch.com/view?SunCertifiedJavaDeveloperFaq ?

Take a look there and see if it stars to help.

Fundamentally, you've got a programming assignment that involves networking, Swing, multithreading and data access (think multi-tier). It also includes documentation on both the design and code-comments (javadoc) level. Upon completion of the assignment, an exam is also required. The exam is nothing more than questions which show that YOU were the one who wrote the assignment yourself. It's a breeze. It's easier than the written test you take when you apply for your driver's license. (At least, in the US)

Take your time, think about your project and you'll do well.

RK


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Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Tim,

Welcome to JavaRanch and this forum.

A large number of past and present SCJD candidates use The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 by Max Habibi and others. In my opinion this is the best book in the market for SCJD.

Many people use the SCJD as a learning experience ... you can download the assignment, then take your time to complete it, learning new things as you go. There is no time limit on the assignment itself (although there is usually a time limit on the exam after the assignment, so you are best purchasing the exam separately if possible).

And, of course, the members of JavaRanch are always available to help.

Regards, Andrew


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Timothy O'Leary
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Ok i got the book by Habibi but am supprised by the amount of work for it. The book is good explaining the process to take the exam but i am not experenced in any of the topics. (ie. RMI, threads, gui, etc). Is there any other places i can look to find mock exams or something that gives me a step by step process?


Tim
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Hi Tim,

We actually tried to do just that: you should be able to follow the book for each stage: RMI, SWING, Threading, and IO.

M


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Steven Hoodless
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Ok i got the book by Habibi but am supprised by the amount of work for it. The book is good explaining the process to take the exam but i am not experenced in any of the topics. (ie. RMI, threads, gui, etc). Is there any other places i can look to find mock exams or something that gives me a step by step process?


Tim,

The SCJD as you've probably realised is a whole lot different to SCJP, SCWCD, and all the other multiple choice exams. This one requires a lot of effort and not just memorizing. There are no mock exams, you are on your own apart from the people at JavaRanch.

Andrew and Max are two of the most helpful people you'll meet here and there are many others.

To pass this exam you will need to understand Threads, locking, GUI, MVC, RMI, sockets etc.. So if Max's book looks daunting now then the best advice is to read it and re-read it till you understand the concepts. It will come clear. I'd concentrate on GUI and MVC at first as they, being visual, are most intuitive.

Time spent getting to grips with that book will not be time wasted.

Best of luck with the exam,

Steven


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Terry Martinson
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Tim - you're right about it being a lot of work. I also didn't have experience with most of the topics before I started the exam. However, Max's book is just great and if you combine the book learning with the help you can get out here on the forum, you will definitely learn alot.

There is so much information out here in the forum already. You can do a search on almost anything related to the exam and come up with something.

Go for it and good luck!

TJ


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Timothy O'Leary
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Joined: Jul 28, 2004
Posts: 3
First off you have all been a big help and also encouraging.


So i ran into my first problem. I tried to run the program from the book version 1 and had a problem. I found along with someone else that is was with a CLASSPATH setting to the root directory of the program. I had to do it using a bat file. I have a feeling this in not accepted by Java. This there another way around this?


Tim
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
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