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hi!!! recently preparing for SCJP 1.4

roja potti

Joined: Mar 30, 2004
Posts: 15
I recently started preparing for SCJP 1.4.I have completed studying all the exam topics except java.util in Java Complete Refernce by Patrick Naughton & Herbert Schlidt.Now I started jamie jaworski book.Almost completed but stopped at java.lang and java.util packages.It gives everything covered in SCJP 1.2.I was really scared that should I remember all the API.There are several topics other than mentioned in exam objectives.Should I read that too.I was really feeling bored to read this two topics.How can I read just that is enough and required for exam and skip all the remaining stuff.Please guide me.I have been taking mock exams also and doing good....getting 70%.Please suggest me what to do with the topics java.lang and java.util.
Corey McGlone
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Joined: Dec 20, 2001
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Don't feel that you must memorize every class and every method in those packages to pass the test. Rather, I think it's more important that you have a good general understanding on the classes stored within those packages.
For example, I think it would greatly behoove you to understand the collections framework of java.util and some of the other major classes of the package, such as java.util.Math. Likewise, for java.lang - I think it's important to have a good understanding of the major classes, such as String and StringBuffer.
I'd say that it's not that important to sit and memorize every method of every class in those packages, but you can take that with a grain of salt, if you'd like. When I took my exam, I recall one question that I got wrong - in order to get it right, I would have had to have memorized a specific method signature within java.util.Math.
I hope that helps,

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