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Thanks a million moderators, Mapraputa, sherin + of course, all the ranchites

Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
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Hi all !
I am quite pleased to say that I am now a SCJP with a score of 93% . A big thanks to all the moderators esp Maha for her lucid explanation on many topics.
OK, now about my test - Well, the level of difficulty was slightly harder than the questions in RHE CD. I found the difficulty level quite close to Marcus exams(esp exam 2).
But the astonishing part of the exam was I got 9 fill in the blanks question !! I got all those notorious questions on s.append(), MediaTracker and 2 questions on sockets .
Majority of the questions were on the fundamentals and lang basics. There was a very good though provoking question on anonymous inner classes with a combination of AWT concept. There were 2 questions on GridBag - Straight fwd ones. To sum up, there were
5 questions on I/O
5 questions on AWT
about 4 questions on Threads
2 on GC
lot of basics
But, I must admit that the wordings for the questions were very clear & precise - absolutely no ambiguity. I thought that I had answered all the questions correctly, but was quite suprised to find that I had committed some mistakes on overloading which I thought was one of my strong points.... anyway.....
About the books - I just stuck to RHE, JLS, & JAVARANCH.
Before I conclude, I'd want to thank javaranch. The strong sense of community really binds ppl here and I'll stick to this place. Also, a big thanks to Sherin, Erin for posting some good questions & answers. Answering to some of the questions really improved my own understanding and proved to be a good revision. Also, discussing with Mapraputa (esp Threads) was really fun coz her replies are well researched .
My conclusions:
Please stick to this site and try answering as many questions as possible coz it really helps one's own understanding.
Also, as Jim said, treat s.append as if it were s.concat() - coz I did that I got it correct.
Also, for the Threads - u'll find many lengthy discussions in this site on "What might cause the current Thread to stop executing?" - let me tell you something, as far as the exam is concerned, an InterruptedException may NOT cause the Thread to stop executing. I am quite sure about this coz I got 100% on the Threads section.
RHE is the bible for the exam & Marcus exams are the closest to the real ones.
Please read the questions carefully for the fill in the blank questions.
Its high time I stop here otherwise I'll end making this post a real drag.
Thanks all
-sampaths
Vivek Nambiar
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Joined: Sep 25, 2000
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CONGRATULATIONS THERE
A VERY BIG THANKS FOR THE TIMELY SUGGESTION
Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulations sampaths ... great score!


Jane Griscti
SCJP, Co-author Mike Meyers' Java 2 Certification Passport
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Congratulations Sampaths!!!
That's really a great score!
BWY, any light on Socket, I/O?
Do we suppose to type ; or { in fill in the blank?

Erin
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Erin,
The questions on I/O are very straight fwd and they stick to the objectives. As long as you know the I/O classes hierarchy well and the wrapping up streams onto a readers/writers then I am sure you'll be fine for the exam. You really need not be bothered about sockets at all. All I'd suggest is go thro the socket api. Thats more than enough for the exam

Anonymous
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Sampaths, thanks a lot!!!
Erin
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!
Wow, 93%!
It is almost 100%, 7 were probably stolen by those overloaded methods�
Sampaths, what is the problem with overloading concept, do you have any ideas? Many people reported that they lost points on overloading, while the whole concept looks so simple� Were questions similar to those from mocks?

[This message has been edited by Mapraputa Is (edited September 25, 2000).]


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Ajith Kallambella
Sheriff

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Sampath77,
Congratulations....very neat score!
Ajith


Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Ron Moddesette
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Joined: Jun 19, 2000
Posts: 17
Congratulations.
You mentioned books used, but what is JLS?
Thanks.
RAJ_HI
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 25, 2000
Posts: 5
hi there,
thanks a bunch. It would really help me through to the exam.
Sometimes, yu often get lost into java. Especially with the words like super and this............ I am not able to get hold of it still.........
thanks in advance.
raj
Originally posted by sampaths77:
Hi all !
I am quite pleased to say that I am now a SCJP with a score of 93% . A big thanks to all the moderators esp Maha for her lucid explanation on many topics.
OK, now about my test - Well, the level of difficulty was slightly harder than the questions in RHE CD. I found the difficulty level quite close to Marcus exams(esp exam 2).
But the astonishing part of the exam was I got 9 fill in the blanks question !! I got all those notorious questions on s.append(), MediaTracker and 2 questions on sockets .
Majority of the questions were on the fundamentals and lang basics. There was a very good though provoking question on anonymous inner classes with a combination of AWT concept. There were 2 questions on GridBag - Straight fwd ones. To sum up, there were
5 questions on I/O
5 questions on AWT
about 4 questions on Threads
2 on GC
lot of basics
But, I must admit that the wordings for the questions were very clear & precise - absolutely no ambiguity. I thought that I had answered all the questions correctly, but was quite suprised to find that I had committed some mistakes on overloading which I thought was one of my strong points.... anyway.....
About the books - I just stuck to RHE, JLS, & JAVARANCH.
Before I conclude, I'd want to thank javaranch. The strong sense of community really binds ppl here and I'll stick to this place. Also, a big thanks to Sherin, Erin for posting some good questions & answers. Answering to some of the questions really improved my own understanding and proved to be a good revision. Also, discussing with Mapraputa (esp Threads) was really fun coz her replies are well researched .
My conclusions:
Please stick to this site and try answering as many questions as possible coz it really helps one's own understanding.
Also, as Jim said, treat s.append as if it were s.concat() - coz I did that I got it correct.
Also, for the Threads - u'll find many lengthy discussions in this site on "What might cause the current Thread to stop executing?" - let me tell you something, as far as the exam is concerned, an InterruptedException may NOT cause the Thread to stop executing. I am quite sure about this coz I got 100% on the Threads section.
RHE is the bible for the exam & Marcus exams are the closest to the real ones.
Please read the questions carefully for the fill in the blank questions.
Its high time I stop here otherwise I'll end making this post a real drag.
Thanks all
-sampaths

Stephen Pride
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Joined: Sep 14, 2000
Posts: 121
Congratulations! I can't wait until I can say the same.
Regards,
SP


SCJP
mohit joshi
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Joined: Sep 23, 2000
Posts: 243

" Also, as Jim said, treat s.append as if it were s.concat() - coz I did that I got it correct.
Also, for the Threads - u'll find many lengthy discussions in this site on "What might cause the current Thread to stop executing?" - let me tell you something, as far as the exam is concerned, an InterruptedException may NOT cause the Thread to stop executing. I am quite sure about this coz I got 100% on the Threads section. "
I was reading a thread book today and could not find how any interrupt() invoking can stop the thread by it self. I think one has to explicitly check for isInterrupted, and return from the run method if you want the thread to stop at this point. This procedure is also not fool proof, because if the thread is blocked in an I/O, then it will not interrupted in response to
the interrupt().There is a work around for this by creating a seperate thread for I/O and another one for handling interrupt().
But after all, is "checking isInterrupted and exiting" preferred mode of stopping threads, or we should use our own variables?
Am i getting it right?
PANKAJ
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 04, 2000
Posts: 24
Congratulations.
You mentioned books used, but what is RHE?
Thanks.
Pankaj
gaur_p@hotmail.com
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
RHE is the "The Complete Java 2 certification study guide" by Roberts, Heller and Ernest
Michael Zhao
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Joined: Sep 19, 2000
Posts: 77
congratulations!
zhao


SCJP,SCWCD,SCMAD,OCP9I, SCEA
Hans
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 20, 2000
Posts: 11
Hi:
Where can I get RHE & Marcus exam?

Thank you.
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Ron Moddesette: if I understand your question right. JLS stands for Java Language Specification, URL�s are:
first edition: http://java.sun.com/docs/books/jls/html/
second edition: http://java.sun.com/docs/books/jls/second_edition/html/jTOC.doc.html
and I am not quite sure which version corresponds to Java2 exam, I got answer that the first.
mohit joshi:
interrupt() and isInterrupted() methods were discussed here and here
Hans:
On Maha�s page you can find links to many mock exams, RHE and Marcus are there.
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Thanks everybody!
Now, I guess I'll move onto EJB, servlets and down the line I will take the SCJD as well.
But, I'll definetly stick to this site.
-sampath
 
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