I'm posting this because I wouldn't mind winning the new copy but I want to do a quick plug for the book. The first book I got when I was studying for the test (the 1.2 test, not the 1.4) was the Boone & Stanek book. It was the biggest piece of trash I had ever bought. The only thing good was that because almost every single code example was messed up I think it helped me study because I had to try everything to make sure the book was right (in many cases it wasn't) and I learned the material that way. I then used Marcus Green's sample questions and per the suggestions I bought Java 2 Exam Cram and Java 2 Exam Notes. Both of these books were awesome. I passed the test with flying colors and I credit the two study guides with helping me to pass. If the new Exam Cram is as good as the old one then I'm sure it's awesome.
I do think you should reword your post. I too used the same book initially, thinking i'll take up the 1.2 exam, but now changed to kathy sierra. But I did like the book in many aspects. The explanations to many complex topics were really good. And I do know many people who 'passed with flying colors' like you, with this book. [ April 08, 2003: Message edited by: Karthik Veeramani ]
Thanks<br />Karthik<br />SCJP 1.4, CCNA.<br /> <br />"Success is relative. More the success, more the relatives."
Hi Greg, I remember reading a while back that Marcus Green's mock exams are a very good predictor of how one would do on the actual test. Put off taking these exams until the end of your preparation... When I finally took my test, this fact was absolutely true.....the parctice test scores were within a few points of the real thing. I bought two books for preparation: Exam Cram by Bill which was absolutely great and Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 -Second Ed. by Syngress Press. It was obvious that this book was written by many people. Many chapters at beginning were full of errors and as another member said -I had to check out of a lot of the programs because I suspected that they didn't work and they didn't! I wouldn't mind having the second edition of Bill's book....Liked the cram sheet... Noel SCJP1.4
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noel, that's cool. I should have mentioned that too. The Exam Cram book was great because they had sample questions at the end of the chapter. I assume the new book does that too. So what I did is take the sample questions after each chapter and then did the Marcus Green test after I was completely done studying. The same with the Java 2 Exam Cram full test - only took that after I had finished prepping. I'd also recommend to people that they download and take some of the applet tests that people had written. Marcus' site pointed to those and they were great. The applet tests better simulate the environment of the real test and that was nice. I highly recommend that people take the sample tests in a similar environment to the real thing - that is answer all the questions in the proscribed time limit. Don't look up and check your answers after each question. Then review your weak areas and study those. Although frankly, I was still nervous as all get out and I didn't think I had done well until the proctor scored my exam.