This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Since I am preparing for my certification (not full time) I noticed that SUN has changed to a new Certification with JDK 1.4. I think I makes more sense to do 1.4. just to be most up-to-date. Are there already any certification books announced or even already available? Is the Java Language Specification beeing updated or did everything stay the same? (e.g. the Assert commands) Thanks! Marc
I have not heard of any books specifically for the 1.4 exam (310-035) but the objectives look like stripped down versions of the 1.2 exam (310-025) so an existing book and a copy of the objectives should work just fine. If I redo the Java 2 Exam Cram book we will just stick in notes on the chapters that only have to do with the 1.2 exam. IMHO it was a mistake for them to drop the IO objectives. Bill
Marc, Although I don't have any information on study guides for the 1.4 exam, I can suggest that you try my mock exam which is fortuitously well adapted to the 1.4 exam. The most recent version of my exam has 71 questions covering inheritance, initialization, inner classes, casting, operators, control flow, and exception handling. The 71 questions are divided between three exams of 23 or 24 questions each. Each of the three exams contain questions from all of the above topics. After taking the first mock exam, you can study to correct your weaknesses and then you can take the next of the three exams. You will probably find that your score improves on each exam. I have been adding new topics every few days, but I haven't done the AWT and IO topics yet. Apparently, there is no longer a need. On the other hand, I have already paid for my 1.2 voucher so I suppose that I need to study those topics anyway. Like the 1.4 exam, my mock exam does not cover AWT and IO. Also, like the 1.4 exam, it dives a little deeper into each topic. The next version of the exam will probably be up in a couple days. To keep the size of each exam down to about twenty questions, the next version will probably have four exams rather than only three. Also, I will probably offer additional exams that focus on a single topic so that SCJP aspirants can take topic specific mock exams as they move through their study guides chapter by chapter. I actually develop the questions in a set of xml files such that each file covers only a single topic so it won't be difficult to offer topic based pages on my web site. The URL to my mock exam is contained in my signature. Please take a look at my exam and let me know what you think. Val, the bartender, might prefer that you post any comments concerning the exam in the thread titled New Mock Exam.
Dan Chisholm<br />SCJP 1.4<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.danchisholm.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Try my mock exam.</a>
JCertify 6.0 conforms to the new Java 1.4 platform Exam ( 310-035 ) and is available now. It was released late last week. We have been providing Certification solutions and training since 1998 - when JCertify 1.0 was first released. JCertify 6.0: http://www.enterprisedeveloper.com/jcertify We also have an offering for the existing 310-025 Exam ( Java 1.2 platform ). Regards, Dave