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James Clarke
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
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Hi all,

I passed the SCJP 1.4 exam about a week ago and have started studying for the developer assignment and exam.

I am currently using:

1) Java 2 Sun Certified Programmer and Developer by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates

2) The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 by Meharan Habibi, Jeremy Patterson and Terry Camerlengo

Are there books and other resources that you would recommend to me to help prepare for the assignment ?

cheers,
J.C
Frans Janssen
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Joined: Dec 29, 2004
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Hi James,

I only used the Kathy&Bert book and JavaRanch (where the latter was much more valuable than the former!). For me that was sufficient. YMMV, of course.

Many people here seem to use Max' (Habibi) book and I hear nothing but positive comments about it, so I guess you have all the documentation you need.

Good luck on your assignment!

Frans.
[ May 09, 2005: Message edited by: Frans Janssen ]

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Wei-ju Wu
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Joined: Feb 16, 2005
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For some reason one book never seems to be mentioned, but was really helpful to me during the project:

"Effective Java" by Joshua Bloch. It is not exam-related, but mentions a lot of good practices during Java development, including threads, synchronization and serialization.

I used the "Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide" by Philip Heller, but that one, though claiming to cover SCJD, was not particularly helpful for the developer exam.


"The UrlyBird catches the certificate. And he's gonna FlyByNight"<br /> <br />SCJP 1.2/5.0, SCJD, SCBCD, SCWCD, SCEA
Lara McCarver
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Joined: Dec 09, 2003
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I have read most of "Java RMI" by William Grosso and it was helpful. He covers how to design an RMI interface in depth. (For the exam, Sun tells you what the interface is supposed to be, but it's still interesting an interesting topic.) He also has at least one very nice example of a pool class where you would want to implement it with multiple threads. For example, he shows how you how and why you would use a separate thread for updating the pool... actually he creates several threads.

The Max is also good because there are practical things that are demonstrated in that book that seem directly related to the exam, for example how to programmatically start up the RMI registry (without using the "rmiregistry" command from the command line). Grosso sort of covers this but not in a way that would be easy to find unless you were really looking for it. Max talks about a database object design which could be used either in network mode or in standalone mode. Overall, I feel like the Max book gives more of a surface treatment of each of its topics, which is only to be expected, it is a relatively small book and it covers threading, RMI, the GUI, logging and a couple of other topics too. For some of these topics, a surface treatment is all that is needed, and the book discusses specific things which are very useful to know for the exam. But there are topics that require more depth unless you are experienced, and that is where you will need to look for particular books or other reference material.
Jared Chapman
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Joined: Feb 23, 2004
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-Max's Book
-Head First Design Patterns
-THIS FORUM!!!


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James Clarke
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
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Thanks for the response guys.
I will be getting "Head First Design Patterns".

I am not sure which "Maxs book" is ? What is the title of the book ?
Frans Janssen
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I am not sure which "Maxs book" is ? What is the title of the book ?

Max Habibi's book.
You already have it.

Frans.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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