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Joined: Oct 13, 2000
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12:42 pm Singapore Standard Time
Yet another Sun Certified Java Programmer
the exam was tough and I made some silly mistakes
which resulted in a score of 69%....
but for me, a pass is a pass is a pass
tips about exam:
1. Code, Code, Code...keep on coding based on the objectives..
Nothing to beat coding practice
2. Use the mock exams as learning tools, however,
do NOT expect similar questions in the exam (Apart from
Sun's objectives, I may have got a couple out of there...)
3. Use the entire 90 mins properly, I finished the exam with 10
mins to spare and reviewed approx. 10 questions in the last
10 mins. I however did make sure to answer them on one shot.
And I used to finish the Mock exams in less than half an hour!
4. In case u'r not a programming whiz (like me ) and halfway
thru' the exam u start to panic, then DONT....stay calm, and
analyse each question....
5. Code fragments were not too long (approx. 15-20 lines), however they are extremely tricky, so be careful
6. Use method of elimination in case u'r not sure of which answer(s) is/are correct...
7. As everybody has said in the previous posts, be sure to concentrate on Threads as well as I/O...since these were my weak sections, as expected, I did not fare too well....
8. However do not neglect the basics..of Overloading/riding..casting..class modifier details, I got 100 % in two sub sections covering the same.
9. Work Hard...and nothing can stop you
10. Make Javaranch your home page like I did
My programming backgound:
Java is not my primary programming language.....
I am a Certified Lotus Professional dealing with Lotus Notes, however I had a few advantages on my side:
1. I discovered Java during ver 1.02..thru' Jamie Jaworski's (I am not wrong am I?) sun's online tutorial...and fell in love with it.
2. I prepared for the 1.02 version certification for 3 months back in Dec '97....using the RHE 1.1 version book (!)...
however due to a set of unfortunate circumstances, I was unable to give the exams.
3. I went into Lotus Notes Application Development and completed my certification in that, however I never forgot Java and it was always in the back of my mind to give the exam.
4. I re-started preparing using RHE for Java 2
5 weeks ago....prior to that, I started fiddling with small programs and I was lucky to have a Notes AD project which had a bit of Java thrown in
5. I was not able to study Java full time (trying to study Java while u'r taking care of the deployment of global/regional Notes Applications and having teleconferences with Application Owners who can only speak spanish is NOT recommended )
6. However, thanks to Roberts, Heller and Ernest, Bruce Eckel, Maha Anna, and most importantly Javaranch , I was able to make it
I must take this moment to say that Paul Wheaton and other co-sherrif' are doing a fabulous job...I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
I have waited to earn this certification for three years feels great...better late than never


Harpal Singh
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Joined: Oct 10, 2000
Posts: 229
Debrata Deb.........
KEEP IT UP......
sarim raza
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Joined: Nov 02, 2000
Posts: 232
congrats deb!
any particularly questions or concepts that you would like to discuss from the exam.
shanks iyer
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Joined: Oct 16, 2000
Posts: 47
Congrats !!!
Milind Mahajan
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Joined: Oct 23, 2000
Posts: 77
Hi Debrata,
Many Many Congratulations. Success is indeed sweet.
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Hearty congratulations Debrata. Good luck for your future endeavours.

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Ha, Debabrata, you did it!
Many Congratulations! Hope, you will stay with us...

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Joined: Oct 13, 2000
Posts: 66
Thank you very much...
and also the rest of the Ranchers for helping me achieve my goal and being part of my celebration
By the way Harpal, I read u'r post the other day wherein u said that u were not sure whether u were ready for the exam? I think that after a certain point, the mock exams should be used only as a learning tool, you should understand why a certain code may give a compiler error...I found the list of gotchas which was posted in the forum in my initial days helpful...Marcus Green's tutorial is particularly helpful too.
The main advise I will give everybody is to stay calm...I did not study much yesterday...just relaxed and listened to the weekly top 40! Too much Stress is not good for preparation
Incidentally, as I have mentioned, I am certified in Lotus Notes too and have posted a small note at
in case anybody is interested in Notes is a great application development one can definitely give it a shot
And Mapraputa....there is no way anything or anybody can permit me to stay away from Javaranch! I am hooked to this site now
and hopefully will bring a few more new greenhorns/ranch hands soon
Serge Plourde
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Joined: Jun 23, 2000
Posts: 140
Congratulations Deb!
I agree. Here's the link:
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