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Christian Strohmaier

Joined: Feb 10, 2000
Posts: 8
Many thanks to Java Ranch and all Rancheros participating.
Some remarks:
* 50% of the questions are easy (for an prepared candidate),
like determining the range of primitive data types
* 30% are sophisticated but feasible for a good prepared candidate. You really have to understand concepts like dynamical binding of methods or call by value/call by reference
* 20% are bad worded, you will encounter question types like:
Many cowboys are square dancers. True or false?
So you have to decide:
It is true, because you know that ALL cowboys are square dancers and MANY is a subset of ALL.
It is false, because you know that ALL cowboys are square dancers and MANY differs from ALL.
(Perhaps it is very clear for a native speaker, but I really had problems of that kind)
Anyway, knowing the rest will help you surviving this trap.
Advices for preparation:
* Read the Bible (= Simon Roberts book), watch out for errata
* Bill Brodgens book or Marcus Greens Tutorial are nice supplements.
* do all the mock exams (there you can get used to bad worded questions)
* do not use "Kais notes", they are too confusing
* visit the ranch
* in my opinion a good indicator for readyness is knowing and understanding everything from "Carls Certification Notes".
good luck
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
That's a post !!!
Thanks for your advise and all the best with ur future endeavours.
maha anna
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Joined: Jan 31, 2000
Posts: 1467
Congratulations Christian Strohmaier,
Yours post is really informative. Did you encounter any qstn(s) which tested to remember the syntax of a method which was difficult. For ex. The IO pack is really huge. Knowing the constuctors are ok. But to remember all the methods inside each class is really difficult I think. Simillary in all other mentioned packages.
Can you give us any suggestion on this.
maha anna
[This message has been edited by maha anna (edited April 28, 2000).]
Harry Chawla
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Joined: Jun 03, 2000
Posts: 97
Hi Christian
Cnau pls posth the link to "Carls Certification Notes" that u referred in ur post.
maha anna
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Joined: Jan 31, 2000
Posts: 1467
YOu can get from Tony's Home page
maha anna
Suma Narayan
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Joined: Apr 03, 2000
Posts: 136
Hi Christian,
Congratulations!!! and Thanks for all the helpful information you have given.
Christian Strohmaier

Joined: Feb 10, 2000
Posts: 8
maha anna,
i did not encounter a question, where I had to remember unusual
syntax details.
One tip: Have a close look, how to construct an InputStreamReader with encoding and know what they are good for.
Many greetings from Munich

Joined: May 01, 2000
Posts: 16
great job man, congrats.
i'm taking my exam on 5th, give me some useful sites to find some mock exams
thanks for all the useful hints
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