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Under-represented Topics?

Bronson King
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Joined: May 25, 2008
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What topics do you feel like you studied the heck out of only to have one or two questions about? Obviously its a random pull, but still curious if there is any consensus.

Running out of time and going to have to start picking my battles. For instance I assume focusing on Threads is more important than me learning the Locale API??


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Deepak Bala
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All topics have an almost equal weight. Which topics are you left out with ?


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Bronson King
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I'm finally feeling pretty comfortable with all the various rules, operators, flow, modifiers, and that stuff but having trouble on items where I need to know the API. While I can get these items my exam is scheduled through work and I can't change it.

Basically using K&B:
1 - Declarations and Access Control - COMFORTABLE
2 - Object Orientation - COMFORTABLE
3 - Assignments - COMFORTABLE
4 - Operators - COMFORTABLE
5 - Flow Control, Exceptions, and Assertions - COMFORTABLE
6 - Strings, I/O. Formatting, and Parsing - WEAK (except String)
7 - Generics and Collections - WEAK
8 - Inner Classes - COMFORTABLE
9 - Threads - Semi-Comfortable
10 - Development - COMFORTABLE

I'm definitely planning to iron out the little uneasiness left about threads.

I guess my questions boils down to in what order of importance would you put these remaining items? I may only be able to get two of them down cold before test day.

* I/O API
* Formatting & Parsing API
* Collections API & Uses
* Generic Wildcards

Thanks.
Bert Bates
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Each objective gets a fairly balanced coverage so since there are multiple generics objectives and multiple collections objectives I'd focus on those first.

hth,

Bert


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Deepak Bala
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Originally posted by Bert Bates:
Each objective gets a fairly balanced coverage so since there are multiple generics objectives and multiple collections objectives I'd focus on those first.

hth,

Bert


Same here. I would concentrate more on the collections and generics
Joe Fischer
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Joined: May 02, 2008
Posts: 25
You're asking about the real exam, I assume? If you polled 20 people you would probably get 20 different answers. Definitely get more comfortable with generics and collections. Play around with whatever examples you find using an editor and javac and change a few things and make sure you understand what is happening. I was surprised by the mix of questions I got but if I took the exam again, I'm sure I would get a much different mix of questions.


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Marcus Green
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Bronson, you seem to have identified topics that quite a lot of people find tricky and unfortunatly all topics have the same weighting. However one way to allocate your time might be to consider what will ahve the most use in real world programming. Thus for example you could go a long time without ever actually writing any IO but you need to know the Collections API for just about any programming. Good luck with your studies.


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