just finished the K&B chapter no.8 - Inner Classes. This chpater is short and sweet and sexy (please dont mind).Its packed with concepts, but once you get hold on these the world will be yours.
Throughout the chapter, the authors have stressed that the exam has lots of questions on inner classes, even those who test you on some other concept may have inner classes involved in them. So if you dont know innner classes, you might blow up questions that you can answer.
In the certification summary, the authors have said that "if you dont pass this test you cant pass the exam", and that really true. Questions on innner classes are trickier but if YOU KNOW the SYNTAX correctly, these questions turn out to be a piece of cake.
So one must revise this chaprter (including the certification summary+2 min drill+the test) daily, without forgetting.This will take about half an hour at the most.
I scored 83.33% in the Self Test. Got Q8 and Q9 worng. That too, i believe that there is an errata in Q8, the ; is not printed in the makeBar( ) method, and hence the answer should be A (code doesnt compile). Correct me if i am overlooking something.
The secret behind mastering Inner Clases is
"BURN THE SYNTAX(related to all 4 exam objectives) IN YOU BRAIN" and "REVISE THE CHAPTER DAILY"
Now only one chapter to go- chapter 9 "Threads". They say this is the only chapter where we can get questions differnt than those in K&B.
I have been reading K&B book since 14th november. Barring 2-3 days, i have been putting about 8 hrs daily(as i am a fresher and yet to join my company i can put in so much of time)