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which exam to take (JAVA 2 PLATFORM 1.2 or JAVA 2 PLATFORM 1.4)?

sridevi kumar
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Hi:
I am planning to prepare for the SCJP exam...i have some core java experience...for which exam should i have to prepare (JAVA 2 PLATFORM 1.2 or JAVA 2 PLATFORM 1.4)
When i went thru exam topics, the topics JAVA.AWT PACKAGE, JAVA.UTIL PACKAGE, JAVA.IO PACKAGE are removed in JAVA 2 PLATFORM 1.4
Please advice which one will be easier to take and which one will give more value if we take?
Thanks a lot...if i have placed this question in a different forum (other than the forum specific for these kinda questions), pls forgive me and move this question to that forum).
Corey McGlone
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I would suggest going after the 1.4 certification. Not only does it test on new things in Java, like assertions, but, I/O and AWT were removed from the exam as it has become evident that many people seldom use these portions of the language.
I think you'll find that the 1.4 certification will be more applicable to your future experience (not to mention that it utilizes the latest version of Java).
Corey


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sridevi kumar
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Thank you very much Corey McGlone for your reply.
I have scjp book for platform 1.2 (Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide by Simon Roberts, Philip Heller, and Michael Ernest)...is this book enuf to read? or is there any book available for java 2 platform 1.4 by the same authors or by any other author?
please reply...
Corey McGlone
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The exams are very similar so you should be able to study for the 1.4 exam from that text. Just be aware that there are a couple topics (assertions being one of them) that didn't exist in version 1.2 so they won't be in your book even though they will be on the exam. Make sure you take a look through the exam objectives.
Corey
sridevi kumar
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Thank you very much corey
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Sridevi,
Just to add my 2 cents worth.
You mentioned that you already have some Java knowledge. If that includes some AWT knowledge, then you might want to look at doing both exams.
When certification is considered in job applications here in Sydney, they are usually very specific about what they want, and the recruiters do not consider any alternatives. So if tthe employer specifies 1.2 or better, the recruiter will only accept resumes with 1,2 listed, regardless of whether they have 1.4 certificatin
Since I already had a fair bit of AWT experience from my previous job, I took the 1.2 exam, then did the upgrade to 1.4. I did not find studying for AWT to be difficult, and the upgrade was simplicity itself.
Of course, if you dont have any AWT experience, then taking on a whole extra subject that you may not ever use may be too much.
Regards, Andrew


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