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SCJP 1.2 or SCJP 1.4?

Emiko Hori
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 6
I'm contemplating about being certified and found out that there are 2 versions of SCJP. Which one would be beneficial for Java newcomer? Before I invest in any studying materials, I need to do more researches. I plunged into Java a few months ago, but I've been coding C, C++ using Visual C++ & MFC, so OO Programming is not new to me. Thanks for your help.
Jessica Sant
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 17, 2001
Posts: 4313

Emiko-
There are lots of opinions on 1.4 vs 1.2 -- Check out Marcus Green's write up about it.
I recently decided to take the 1.4 test rather than 1.2. I don't do any GUI programming so not having to learn AWT was a huge deciding factor for me.
Also, realize that 90% of a SCPJ 1.2 book will be valid for the 1.4 test (simply skip the chapters about IO and AWT, and then study elsewhere for information on Assertions -- Sun's tutorial, Excerpt from Khalid Mughal's new book
[ November 06, 2002: Message edited by: Jessica Sant ]

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Valentin Crettaz
Gold Digger
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2001
Posts: 7610
Anyway, here are some resources:
Objectives:
SCJP 1.2 objectives
SCJP 1.4 objectives
Specification:
Java Language Specification 2nd (JLS)
Official Java Language Specification Errata
Unofficial Java Language Specification Errata
Mock exams:
Maha's site
Javaranch mock exams list
Marcus Green's web site
Jiris e-Learning System
Dan Chisholm's web site
JDiscuss' mock exams list
Valentin's mock exam
Hints:
The one thing I wish I'd done... by Kathy Sierra
Traps to be aware of in any SCJP test !!! :) by Maha Anna
Don't forget our Sun Certification Results forum where people give some feedback after taking the exam.
Preparation tips by Maha Anna
Test engines:
JQ+
J@Whiz (SCJP 1.2)
J@Whiz (SCJP 1.4)
JCertify 6.0 (SCJP 1.4)
JCertify 5.0 (SCJP 1.2)
Books:
Javaranch bunkhouse
Other info:
SCJP FAQ
Position on Real Questions - Must Read!
Other people's results
Good luck


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Emiko Hori
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 6
Thank you so much for help. I'll do more researches with information you've provided before I make a final decision.
 
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