In this new version of the exam, the exam creators wanted candidates to be familiar with the basic, most commonly used aspects of key parts of the API. So, for instance, I/O, dates, regex, currency, and numbers are topic areas that were added to the exam. Each of these API areas is quite large and complex, and the intention is NOT that every candidate must become a guru in all of these API areas.
Of course, given a specific job or project, individual programmers will undoubtably become real experts in certain parts of the API.
So long story short, the book focuses on the basics of each API that you will need for the exam. The book does NOT presume to make you an expert in each of these APIs. For many of these APIs, entire books have been devoted to single topics, like I/O or regex for example.
We're pretty darned sure that we've covered everything you'll need to do great on the exam, but you should do research such as asking other candidates (like you're doing here) and looking at reviews.
In fact, if any candidates ever feel like we don't cover a topic well enough for the exam, we really want to hear about it, so that we can fix it!
Thanks, and good luck on the exam.
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Thanks Marcus and Bert for your kind suggestions. I think its just the exam fever that is making me think like this.