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Java cookbook- Certification material?

Mohamed Mabrouk

Joined: Mar 06, 2007
Posts: 28
Hi Herb

welcome to Java ranch

I was wondering about the coverage of the book, Is it oriented towards full coverage (like a reference) or certification or introductory?

Thank you
Rohan Dhruva
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Joined: May 08, 2007
Posts: 183
Reading the overview - - the book does not look suitable for certification purpose. Having taken the SCJP myself, I feel that small code snippets are not enough to cover the objectives - you need in-depth knowledge on that particular topic.

For certification, the K&B book is better suited ..

Rohan B. Dhruva
SCJP 1.5
Herb Schildt
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
Posts: 253
My cookbook is not for certification. Rather, it is a "hands-on" guide that shows how to accomplish many common, practical tasks in Java.

As I explained in a previous reply, each recipe follows the same format and includes the following items:

. The key ingredients (classes, interfaces, and methods used by the recipe)
. Step-by-step instructions that show how to craft a solution.
. An in-depth discussion of the steps
. A complete example that puts the recipe into action.
. Options and alternatives

You can find a table of contents, along with chapter 1 (which introduces the book) at its page on the McGraw-Hill web site.

An example recipe can be found on my web site. Just click on the book's title on the home page. In the description for the book, you will find a link to a sample recipe.

Also on my web site is a new commentary that explains why it "took me so long" to write the book. As you will see, I have been wanting to write a programming cookbook since my college days!

For my latest books on Java, including Introducing JavaFX 8 Programming, see
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