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What would you like to be included in a SCJP Certification book?

Lewis Marshall
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Hi

Most of us have read one or more SCJP certification books. Just wondering whether we can voice our opinions to the authors/ publishers regarding what more we all would like to be included in a SCJP certification book and why?

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Lewis
Deepak Bala
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Anything more than what is part of the objective would be noise. Those that read these books have a single goal - Pass the certification. If you are looking for more than the objectives you should try books like 'Head first java' and 'Effective java'. 'Effective java' however is useful for even those that have several years of experience writing java code.


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Lewis Marshall
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Deepak, you are correct. The readers of certification books have a common goal of earning the certification.

I just wanted to help the exam aspirants voice their opinion regarding what else they would like to be included in a certification book that can help them to prepare for the cert exam and earn it, apart from including the 'mock exam/ questions' in the certification books.

Any ideas here?

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Lewis
Ankit Garg
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Lewis Marshall wrote:I just wanted to help the exam aspirants voice their opinion regarding what else they would like to be included in a certification book

So do you have any ideas of your own ?? I have the K&B book (for SCJP 6) and Khalid Mughal book (for SCJP 1.4) and I think both the books contain everything that I would expect from a certification book. The K&B book has lesser questions at the end of each chapter but that is compensated by the 3 sets of questions in the master exam...


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Lewis Marshall
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Ankit,

Thanks for your reply. I agree that the books that you have mentioned may seem to have all that is required to earn the SCJP cert. But, I guess you will agree that there is always scope for improvement.

Regarding my own ideas.. I would like some techniques to be included in the cert book, which would help me to understand the topics better/ faster. For example, use of analogies/ more images - that perhaps can help me to retain the information longer! :-) What say?

Any ideas from other ranchers?

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Lewis

Deepak Bala
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By images, do you mean head first like images or images of arrays, their indexes, heap etc etc
Andy James
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Deepak, I guess any type of image that helps a reader to retain information longer should be welcome! Right, eh?

Andy
Ankit Garg
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The K&B book contains diagrams of memory representation of Objects to help a reader understand the concept of heap. API related information is summarized in tables to work as reference. I feel that a certification book is not the first step to a programming language. There are other books for that purpose (like head first or dummies series). So a certification book cannot teach the very basics. The purpose of a certification book is to make you ready for the certification. If I were to suggest any improvement in the K&B book, I would say that it should have a little more examples, and some more practical exercises at the end of each chapter (not mock questions, exercise questions). I've seen a lot of requests in the forum from people who want topic wise coding exercises for them to solve on their own. This gives them a chance to code more rather than just theoretical reading...
Lewis Marshall
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Ankit,

Thanks for your reply.

However, I was not referring to any particluar/ existing SCJP certification book. I was trying to hear what MORE other exam aspirants would like to have in future releases/ editions of SCJP cert books.

 
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