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Vote here: I'm studying for the SCJP 1.4 exam

Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Hi SCJPers!

Just for fun, let's find out how many people are studying for the SCJP 1.4 exam versus the SCJP 1.5 exam. If you're studying for the SCJP 1.4 exam, add a post here, and maybe tell us how you made your decision.



(Editing Bert's post rather than creating a new reply in this thread.

Please just vote and answer the question on the decision for taking the SJCP 1.4 exam. Please create a new thread if you have a seperate question, rather than posting it here and hijacking the thread. Vidyakar please post your questions in a seperate new thread, I am going to edit your post and remove the question Thanks Mark Spritzler )
[ April 29, 2006: Message edited by: Mark Spritzler ]

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Shiva Mohan
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Joined: Jan 05, 2006
Posts: 481
Hello Sir,
I am studying for SCJP1.4.May be, it helps me to get a job easily.But i am really having a hard time understanding hashcode and thread.
Salvador Cecilio
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Joined: Dec 20, 2004
Posts: 41
Been studying 1.4 for 3 months and will take the exam soon.

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Paula Berger

Joined: Apr 28, 2006
Posts: 1
Hi there,
I'm studying fo 1.4 too, because I actually haven't had much contact with Java 1.5 yet. So it made more sense to study for 1.4. I'll be taking the exam on June 1st

K Vidhyakar
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Joined: Jul 10, 2005
Posts: 68
this is vidhyakar and going to take scjp 1.4 exam on this 1 st may (monday.) i was preparing scjp for past 6 months. very nervous to write the exam. (Question removed by Mark Spritzler to keep this thread from being hijacked. Please post in a new thread. We really do want to help you out here.)
[ April 29, 2006: Message edited by: Mark Spritzler ]
rajesh godbole
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Joined: Jan 10, 2003
Posts: 31
I am appearning for SCJP 1.4 in the next month. We are not using JAva 1.5 in any of the projects so wnated to take advantage the good experience I had working with 1.4.

Rajesh Godbole
Nilesh Deshpande
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Joined: Jan 11, 2006
Posts: 36
I was very late in starting preparing for exam. My voucher will expire on 31st May. I am not able to manage time for doing further studies for 1.5. So I decided to go for SCJP 1.4 only.

I will be giving exam on 15th of May.
Sergey Elberg

Joined: Mar 28, 2006
Posts: 4
I am stydiing SCJP 1.4 too.

1 We are not using java 5 in our project too
2 1.4 is easier then SCJP 5 exam
saied ims
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Joined: Jun 21, 2005
Posts: 109
iam studying 1.4 becuase iam already familier with 1.4 and i need to study Quickly, 1.5 is very nice but too big to finshed in 1 month it needs 3 month
K Sujit
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Joined: Mar 23, 2005
Posts: 33
Well deciding was difficult. Finally settled for 1.4.
At first there was difficulty in getting 1.5 book. less material available online. And I guess since companies will have 1.4 legacy, 1.4 will be there in demand for some more time.
I have got the voucher , will write the exam in a month.
Will be visting this question to see how others made the decision.

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Joined: Dec 10, 2005
Posts: 5
Hi Guys,

I booked the SCJP 1.4 on May 25th. I am preparing only siera book and I dont have other materials to study and i dont have that much time to read also. (Edited by Mark Spritzler. Trying to not hijack Bert's thread. Check out our FAQ link above to get to Mocks and help.)
[ May 02, 2006: Message edited by: Mark Spritzler ]

vignesh hariharan
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Joined: Jun 23, 2005
Posts: 77
additional features takes time to understand and also it takes time to practise.. so i am opting for scjp1.4

Somesh Rathi
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Joined: Apr 27, 2006
Posts: 36
Hello Sir,
I have recently started preparing for SCJP1.4.I am acquainted with 1.4.
mithun chakravarthy

Joined: Apr 28, 2006
Posts: 19
i m very much with SCJP5. i booked my exam on 6th may!!!
feeling bit nerve.. but confident.
so guys wish me good luck...
Also, my best wishes to all ..for for your future endov..

thank you

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Girish Nagaraj
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Joined: Apr 19, 2006
Posts: 153
Hi I Am preparing for SCJP 1.4.

I Am finding Java very interesting language.
Vijendra Runwal
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Joined: Apr 17, 2006
Posts: 52
I am studying scjp1.4.
Cause that's my current job requirement.

David Hinkle

Joined: Jun 07, 2005
Posts: 1
Hi Bert,

I am going after the 1.4 cert, because that is what my company and our clients are using. I do plan on going after the 1.5, later, just to learn the new features of 1.5. I figure having both can not hurt!
Deepak Patta

Joined: Apr 21, 2006
Posts: 5
Hi all,

I just now started preparing for scjp 1.4.
I had chosen 1.4 since , we have much info , many mock tests and other material to prepare for this.
Also , we can take an upgrade exam if needed after 1.4.

sri latha

Joined: Mar 03, 2006
Posts: 27
Hi ,iam also preparing for scjp1.4.i thought i can found more mock exams and easy to prepare this exam.
M Mistroni
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Joined: Oct 03, 2005
Posts: 63
i got certified a week ago on 1.4
reason of why i choosed 1.4 is that i am using that in my company, and i got a book (K&B) left by my colleague, and that was 1.4 version. so i started to study on that (while at the same time having a look at 1.5)
i plan to do the 'upgrade exam' by end of this year.... if you are studyijng now i believe 1.5 is more valuable

my 2 cents


Joined: Apr 19, 2006
Posts: 19
I have been studying 1.4 for several weeks. I am taking 1.4 because I already bought KB&BB book at their first edition.
Ashok S Yadav

Joined: May 04, 2006
Posts: 5
I am going for 1.4 since my company is just begining to migrate to 1.4
Sri Jad
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Joined: Apr 25, 2005
Posts: 49
Iam studying for SCJP 1.4
Vidhya Praba

Joined: Apr 13, 2006
Posts: 11

I'm appearing for SCJP 1.4 next week(hopefully!) Right now I've a very tight schedule to study a new version of Java. I will take the upgrade exam later.

Venkat Thikkireddy

Joined: Feb 13, 2006
Posts: 11
hi Bert,

first of all many thanks to this site . i am preparing for scjp 1.4. because
1) still now i am familiar with java 1.4 only
2) my company uses java 1.4 only( still we didnt switched to 'tiger')
3) lot of material and support available for scjp1.4 in the net(also books)
4) my thinking is that if we get the scjp 1.4 first, then we can upgrade our skills easily to java 1.5
5) finally, lot of projects are still in 1.4, and also lot more are starting with jdk1.4(i think it will take some time for 'Tiger' come into scene

also K&B is excellent.

thank you

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Tushar Kherde
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Joined: Apr 28, 2006
Posts: 56
Hi bert,
i have prepared scjp 1.4. My company not using Java at all. i dont get too much time to study. So i am going to stick with 1.4.

Ryan Day
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Joined: Apr 03, 2006
Posts: 87
SCJP 1.4

- We're still on 1.3 at work.
- I've already spent the time preparing for 1.4.

I'll upgrade later to 1.5 (or 6 or 7???)

Alejandro Montenegro

Joined: Jul 05, 2004
Posts: 29
SCJP 1.4 preparing for 4 months, think I will give the test in a couple of weeks.

Vikram Kohli
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Joined: Nov 27, 2005
Posts: 174
Hi Bert

i am too preparing for the SCJP 1.4,because the time i started preparing for the SCJP1.4,at that time there was not enough material or books on SCJP 1.5.

Vikram PracLabs
Mark Spritzler

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 17271

Posted on behalf of Krishna, but I forgot hi slast name, but he had posted this in the 1.5 thread. So I moved it here since he is taking the 1.4 exam. - Mark Spritzler

hi bert
i am preparing for 1.4 b'coz i think i can score well in that as i am working with it...

But people here seems to prepare for 1.5...

[ May 08, 2006: Message edited by: Mark Spritzler ]

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Prashil Wasnik

Joined: Apr 18, 2006
Posts: 19
i am studying for SCJP1.4 from the past 2 months. since i am not from CS background its pretty tough to prepare but i am trying my best.
i m willing to appear in the exam in next month.
Deepak Patta

Joined: Apr 21, 2006
Posts: 5
Hi there,
I am preparing for 1.4.
My collegues advised me to go for 1.4 and then take an upgrade exam.
So,I prefer 1.4.
Tony Thompson

Joined: Jun 06, 2005
Posts: 14
1.5 was not yet available when I made the decision to get certified. At the rate I'm going though, 1.6 will be out before I take the 1.4 test.
Also, I work for a gov't agency that's in process of migrating from legacy systems and 1.4 is the platform.
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sandeep dhingra
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Joined: Jul 30, 2005
Posts: 41
i am also preparing for scjp1.4 started around last year but had to stop due to sum reasong now i am preparing for it again may be i ll give my exam on the 15th of june
Douglas Chorpita
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Joined: May 09, 2006
Posts: 97
I am a 10-year C++ programmer who hasn't worked for 4 years (moved overseas). I have written several Java programs and am good with tests. I took a few small practice tests and did very well.

I think 1.4 is probably easier for someone who is good with object-oriented programming, but has relatively little Java experience.

(Mark Spritzler - Removed leading question that leads to hijacking of this thread. Sorry.)


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Sathish Mandapaka

Joined: Dec 15, 2005
Posts: 7
I am also preparing for the JAVA 1.4 .This is becoz i was constrained by the lack of 1.5 material at the correct point of time.
Mark Spritzler

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 17271

Suhas Wadadekar - "Right now preparing for 1.4....I've just joined this forum and after reading the responses from everyone, it does seem compelling to think about 1.5....."

{This was posted in the 5.0 exam vote, so I moved it here because they are doing the 1.4 and not 5.0

Terry Huang

Joined: May 16, 2006
Posts: 25
studyin for the 1.4 exam here too, doin it to add sumthin to my resume
Bindu Puvvala

Joined: Feb 16, 2006
Posts: 12
Am gonna take the exam on June 4 th.
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