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 1.5 exam, add a post here, and maybe tell us how you made your decision.
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hmm... i dont know if i am eligible to vote. I already took the 1.5 exam. I took it because i wanted a challenge. There are just too many mocks that simulate the 1.4 exam very well and people around me made a mockery of it sometimes, by learning for it for a month and scoring more than 85% !!! I would like the exams to be a bit tougher. SCJP 5 is tougher in the relative sense but the level of difficulty needs to be stepped up a touch. The topics covered need to be broader.
I'm studying for the 1.5 exam, because it's the latest version of the language. Until I came here, I had no idea that one test was easier than the other, but I don't think that really matters. I have to study no matter what. I haven't programmed in java in several years, so I'm behind the curve on 1.4 too. And I assume that shops will use 1.5 features if they're available and know about them.
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I am a Windows Mobile developer and I am preparing for SCJP 1.5 from your book after a going thru a mental torture of selecting between two exams ( 1.4 or 1.5). I opted for 1.5 as it is the latest version.
Was waiting for K & B book since 3 months, only for 1.5 ofcourse.
Reasons are simple: 1) Its Latest 2) When they called it Java5 that means their must be something great and they will go with it. 3) Will Look impressive on my resume and differentiate me in a Job queue 4) So many good features to make a programmers life easier 5) More tougher, broader than scjp1.4 and ofourse i don't have to study those ancient bit operations atleast
Reason: by the time I become certified AND get more real world experience, I think 1.5 will be much more commonly in use than 1.4** (which isn't to say there won't be tons on <=1.4 code around waiting for maintenance).
I am preparing for the SCJP 5 exam. I think it is better to be prepare for what is state-of-the art. In addition, I am not very excited by shift operations and didn't want to chafe at the bits. It is possible that the Java 5 exam, which relies less on memorization, will also be viewed by a greater number of people as a reliable measure of subject mastery. I also have the feeling that the exam content is increasingly more appropriate. This goes back a little while, but I think it was ridiculous for the 1.2 exam to test for AWT when the direction was clearly to Swing. Similarly, were bit operations as late as SCJP 1.4 really all that appropriate.
By the way, your book is good - perhaps the only worthwhile SCJP 5 book that is available. An interesting question is ... how many people might have already taken the SCJP 5 exam if the book was available 3-4 months sooner.
Hi ..... i and 5 my friends go to take it... I am preparing for SCJP5.0 ,,why? because it is the latest version,,, because i want a challenge,,,, Then, it conatain useful objectives in its topics,,,,, Finally,,,IT DISTINGUISHED YOU AMONG OTHER SCJPers....
Hi!! BB!! this is really good survye to do!! i feel!! this is a real challenge to all those guys , who r taking scjp5!! including me.... yes i m getting it on 6th may.. so guys ! wish me good luck..N also give me some good MOck Exam Sites..
hi, i am preparing for SCJP 1.5 i came to the decision for giving 1.5 against 1.4 is very simple - opting for the latest technology also i read many posts which tell that its better to opt for 1.5 (since it is the latest) also as a fresher engineer in IT , i am searching for a better job.
On the other hand , i have read some posts telling that 1.5 is tougher than 1.4 (which some times scares me a lot) but "the more difficult tasks gives more opportunities "
so i have kept my cool and consistently studying for the exam ,(i am a slow learner), for the last 3 months thanks for creating this forum(esp this thread), i never feel that i am studying alone. all the best to fellow ranchers who are preparing for the exam
I am preparing for SCJP 5.0 Tiger edition. As everyone in the loop is mentioning about the toughness of the exam very few have actually discussed about the advantage of having the latest certificate. This not only hones you to the "Tiger" edition of Sun but also gives us the pleasure to learn the advancement in the SUN World. Hope to get the better grades in the Exam. And your valid suggestions to prepare for the exam will be grateful to all of us!!!
I am also preparing for SCJP 1.5 because 1) I wanted to learn the new topics added in Java 1.5. Certification is the best way to learn and test that knowledge. 2) Sooner or later Java 1.5 is going to replace 1.4 in the market. Having certification in 1.5 will be beneficial in that case.