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Is this book enough

Yogesh Chhawasaria
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Joined: Apr 02, 2004
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Hi !!!
I have been studying for scjp by refering to online notes ,java ranch posts,study notes and i also have got the Complete Java Certification Study Guide by Simon Roberts Phillip Heler and Micheal Ernest.
If i only prepare by this book would that be sufficient
to pass
to score good %
Plz guide me..


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Barry Gaunt
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Joined: Aug 03, 2002
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It looks to me as if you have the book for the 1.2 version of the exam. So be aware that you can skip some of the stuff in the book relating to I/O and AWT GUI development.
You will have to read about assertions (the
assert statement) for the 1.4 test, and that's not covered in the above book.
Try to obtain Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide, if you can, it follows the Java 1.4 exam very closely, and has very good tips also for the SCJD Developers' Exam as a bonus.
[ April 11, 2004: Message edited by: Barry Gaunt ]

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Kiran Kumar
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Barry,
If the book "Complete Java 2 Certification" is 2004 edition, then it covers 'assert' and other stuff newly included in 1.4 exam.
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Barry Gaunt
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Hi Kiran, I was playing detective
Michael Ernest is not listed as an author of the 1.4 version of the book I have, even though they are still using most of his contribution. And I know he is listed as an author of the 1.2 version of the book. So, I conclude that Yogesh has the 1.2 version.
Yogesh Chhawasaria
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Joined: Apr 02, 2004
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Hi Folks !!
I do have the 1.2 version.
But i have also got my friends latest 1.4 one.
So if i only study this thoroughly am i able to get thru.
The 1.4 book is very small . I normally finish it in 1-2 reading and i am now well aware of the concepts listed in the book.
But some people stress studying code intensive examples.
Does the Test Yourself questions in the book reflect the level of exam questions?? If yes then i think i am ready enuf for the test.
Plz guide me..
Marcus Green
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You may be able to pass purely on that, but if you can afford it get a second book, (the one by me and Bill or the one by Kathy and Bert, or the one Mughall & Rasmussen). Also don't forget the good free resources such as my mock exams, Dans mock exams and you could save all the web pages from my tutorial and that would give you the equivalent of an additional compact book.


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Hari priya
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Joined: Mar 11, 2004
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Hi Yogesh -
I have mostly relied on the book by Kathy and Bert for SCJP 1.4.
Once I am done with that have referred to Khalid and Rasmussen for collecions and threads (from an older edition as I got it from my friends) just skimmed through it on the last day as they are discussed in depth in rasmussen. But do try to get the book by Kathy and Bert.
Please do check out the mock exam links in java ranch as I found them very useful.
Hope this helps!
Radha
Yogesh Chhawasaria
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Joined: Apr 02, 2004
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Which of the following books of Bert & Kathy should i refer.
1. Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
2. Head first Java
Also Plz if anyone is from india (Mumbai) and knows where i can get one of those (My local stores dont seem to have latest books) Plz post the details
Or in the extreme case if anyones is willing to lend me their copy (people residing in Mumbai) i promise ill give them a big treat when i clear.
Marcus Green
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You want the exam specific book.
Lionel Orellana
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Joined: Mar 19, 2004
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Does the Test Yourself questions in the book reflect the level of exam questions??

NO! Big NO! I have that same book and I was getting like 100% in all the questions at the end of each chapter ... I felt like a champion ... then I started doing mock exams and was very dissapointed to see my score around 60%-70% ... even with the ones in the book's cd! ... so I've given myself another couple of months to study by a second book and online material ...
I've learned a lot of stuff with Dan's exams, specially the ones specific to each objective of the certification exam ... you should check them out and you'll see the level is much more higher than the silly Test Yourself questions in that book ... (I don't have the link here but can send it later if you can't find it)
... And I thought I knew Java ... oh dear!
cheers
L.
 
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