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exam 1.4 and I/O and AWT

Barkat Mardhani
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Joined: Aug 05, 2002
Posts: 787
Hi There:
Can anyone spell out the rational behind taking
out I/O topic from exam 1.4. Is it not the case
that I/O is needed for all app development? I understand AWT is out because Swing is in...
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
Posts: 7610
I don't understand that either. First they lowered the pass score from 71% to 61% and now they are dropping objectives :roll:
I think they dropped IO because they:
- have inserted new topics like assertions
- have asked for more details in certain objectives (exceptions,...)
- have released New IO which kind of complements "Old IO", so they may want to update the questions on IO first...
Anyway, I don't know what their politics are... I just feel that somehow the quality of the SCJP certification is dropping...

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David Brafford
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Joined: Feb 11, 2001
Posts: 91
AWT - more obvious. Swing is used more
extensively, and adding Swing would be well
beyond the scope of the exam ( many new
objectives )
IO - Because the new IO was added in JDK 1.4.
They did not want to cover nio because it is
not used by the "majority" of the application
The programmer exam is a language based exam.
There were new language features added
( assertions, hashCodes ) to the 1.4 platform
exam objectives. Wrapper Objects
( which some people are arguing should be
a language feature ) were also added. IO was
taken out on a priority basis, and the fact
that they could not cover both io and nio.
io was objective "on the bubble". When the new
objectives came in, io got bumped.
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