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RHE book; First Edition vs. Second Edition

Patrick Hoey

Joined: Oct 11, 2001
Posts: 5
My question is quite simple. I currently have the "Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide" by RHE (FIRST edition). I looked on the Sybex website, found the errata and also the fact the second edition has 936 pages, while the first edition has 912 pages.
Is there enough difference between the two editions, other then 24 pages, to spend $50 on the second edition?
Since I will be getting "A programmer's guide to Java Certification" by Mughal and "Exam Cram" second edition, I don't want to waste time or money with another copy of RHE if it is not worth it.
I understand lastest is greatest, but for sanity, I would need responses from the community about both editions.
I would appreciate responses from people that have used both editions. Thank you in advance.
Jim Petersen
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Joined: Jul 24, 2001
Posts: 241
Hi Patrick
From what I understand there are significant differences between the 1st and 2nd eds of RHE which reflect the changes to the exam last year. If you are getting Mughal and Rasmussen's book I'd think that would be adequate (make sure to get the latest version and download their errata as well!)
all the best Jim

- Jim Petersen <br />SCJP2<br />SCWCD<p>- but then again, I could be wrong...
Marcus Green
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Joined: Sep 14, 1999
Posts: 2813
1st Edition of RHE may say that GridBagLayout is not on the exam, this is a mistake, it is.

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Ashik Uzzaman
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
Posts: 2373

Well Patrick,
I think the one who has the RHE 1st edition need not buy 2nd edition as the difference is not enough no count 4 the money. Instead they may regularly visit JavaRanch Programmer Certification Study Forum and Mock Exam Errata Forum.....
But surely a new buyer should (or must) buy the 2nd edition...
Muhammad Ashikuzzaman (Fahim)
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
--When you learn something, learn it by heart!

Ashik Uzzaman
Senior Software Engineer, TubeMogul, Emeryville, CA, USA.
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