Hi: I have been wondering the same. And after performing a search, I still can't get a clear answer. This link: http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum24/HTML/008521.html explains they may fall under the general category of "components" listed in the objectives. And in going through the JQPlus exams, they seem to insist, "There will at least be one question on TextArea." Although I came across this link: http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum24/HTML/013340.html which seems to contradict that the constructors and methods of components/containers will be tested. This material also, for the most part, falls under the chapters in the RHE book that explain these topics are useful but not explicitly mentioned in the objectives. I've noticed many of the mock exams carry questions on these components. And they are doing a good part to drag my mock scores down as I really only read the chapters with these topics, I didn't study them. At some point, I'd love to learn all about this stuff, but considering the extent of all we do have to know, it would be much nicer to stick to what's required for now. Is there someone who can clear this up? Do we have to know anything beyond layout managers/events for awt? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Hi, The exam is geared towards people with programming experience. It was made slightly more difficult so that people who just memorize things will have a harder time. You need to be able to understand components to know what happens when one is inside of a code block and what the visual representation will look like. If you have programmed any GUI for a short while you will begin to know the major APIs for components and how layout managers work. This is covered in the exam as well as many mock exams. The mock exams might give you a specific question regarding some component that should help you recognize some GUI APIs, but the exam will only place that API call in some code and ask some other question regarding the code. In my experience, most mocks give you a great gauge for how you will perform on the real exam. In my opinion, if you are getting dragged down by any concepts in mock exams you will be wasting your money taking the exam. You need to start programming to avoid just memorizing things. Believe me, if you program and have errors you are much more likely to remember it then if you just read it in a book. Regards, Manfred.