This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
I would like to remind you that we are having a book giveaway in the Programmer Certification forum this week. Four copies of Java 2 Programmer Exam Cram 2 (Exam CX-310-035) by William Brogden and Marcus Green will be up for grabs. In order to be eligible, it is mandatory that you abide by the JavaRanch Naming Policy, that is, your displayed name must be a first name and a last name separated by a space. In case, you don't comply to this rule, you can still change your displayed name here, otherwise your questions/answers won't be taken into account. Good luck [ Jess adjusted the subject... ] [ April 07, 2003: Message edited by: Jessica Sant ]
good luck to everyone -- Please don't post questions in this thread -- rather open a thread with an appropriate title and ask your questions there -- William Brogden and Marcus Green will be around to answer as much as they can!!
That's right, Jessica. Posts in this thread are not eligible to win a book. So use this thread to say hi to Bill and Marcus and then start a new thread with your on-topic questions. [ April 07, 2003: Message edited by: Thomas Paul ]
Let me explain a bit of background on this book. The Exam Cram series was designed to be compact, low cost, and very directed at what the reader needs to know to pass a particular exam. This series covered a large number of certifications and was highly successful for the first publisher, Coriolis. I wrote the first Java 2 Exam Cram for the version that used the 1.2 JDK. This went to something like 6 printings. After Sun did a major revision of the exam in October 2000 I revised the book for the 2nd edition, published in 2001. Unfortunately, Coriolis went bankrupt early in 2002 so the 2nd edition unfortunately did not get widely distributed. Fortunately, Que Publishing acquired the rights to the Exam Cram series and commissioned a new version to fit the latest 1.4 exam - in order to get it out as quickly as possible we persuaded Marcus Green (well known for his excellent practice exams, tutorials, etc.) to join in the rewrite! Warning - Exam Crams are not course 101 level text books, they are for people who want to polish their skills for certification exams. Bill
Joined: May 05, 2000
And here's Jason's review:
Not everyone seeking certification is new to Java and object oriented programming. For more experienced developers, it can often be tedious to wade through a certification guide suitable for the Java beginner. It is this audience that is particularly well served by Brogden and Green's book. This book is concise. There is little effort wasted in going into more detail than necessary in the explanation of concepts the reader should already be familiar with. What you get is the information needed to pass the exam, and little else. Among the highlights are test taking tips, handy alerts which stress material likely to be covered by exam questions, where to go to find additional resources, and a tear-out "Cram Sheet" presenting a condensed collection of relevant facts. The book comes with a CD containing practice tests and an electronic version of the text. Each chapter concludes with a set of sample questions testing the material taught in that chapter. Two comprehensive example tests round out the book. This brings up my only real complaint, which is that the end-of-chapter questions have the answer immediately following each question, instead of in a separate section away from the questions. If you are an experienced OO or Java developer planning to take the exam, or if you are seeking a companion for another exam guide, this is the book for you. The included electronic version of the book is very much appreciated and something more publishers should take note of.
Jason gave the book a very respectable 8 horseshoes! Well done, Bill and Marcus.
Hi, Just like to add a little comment. For those attempting programmer certification, this is a very good book, especially if you already have a little experience with programming. But, you still need plenty of practice and trying out to be comfortable. (no book can replace that) Good job to the authors!!! Good luck to the test takers!!! Cheers.