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Duration for SCJD

Olu Shiyan
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Joined: Jun 10, 2010
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Hi guys,

Is there any one who completed the SCJD assignment within the one year duration? I want to pursue SCJD certification but Im not sure whether I can finish it in a year simply because I work full time as a c# developer and would only have time to work on my SCJD assignment one week nights (if im not tired) and on weekends.




Thanks


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Roel De Nijs
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Hi,

I completed the assignment in 5 months, also combining it with a full time job (as a java developer) and a (bit of a) social life

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Kind regards,
Roel


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Olu Shiyan
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Thanks Roel. I read your posts about your SCJD score and it seems the Andrew Monkhouse book was very useful. I ve recently purchased this book along with Head First Design Patterns. Hopefully I'll find them useful too.

Did you know all the required Java technologies before you started or learnt as you worked on the project?
K. Tsang
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Olu Shiyan wrote:TDid you know all the required Java technologies before you started or learnt as you worked on the project?


Hi Olu, if you are not doing Java in your day job, you probably won't know "everything" needed for SCJD - Swing, RMI/Sockets, threads, file I/O etc. Most people wouldn't even touch RMI before SCJD. But you sure need to know a bit because you need to choose RMI OR Sockets. Similarly with threads, how hard-core do you know threads when you start SCJD? For me, I sure did learn a bit more when I got mine.

For the timing, 1 year is more than enough for full time job. Of course given you need to get your "design and approach (decisions)" right. If not, redesign then recoding would definitely waste time. However, do spend some time "testing" your approach to get a sense of direction.

Good luck


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Roel De Nijs
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Olu Shiyan wrote:Did you know all the required Java technologies before you started or learnt as you worked on the project?

I had experience in most of the needed topics. My knowledge about RMI and threads was poor: no experience with RMI and no real on the job threading experience (the knowledge I had was from the SCJP exam). IF you read my story about passing the SCJD (see my signature) you'll get an idea how I approached this project (full test coverage of the most important classes)
Olu Shiyan
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Thanks Roel and Tsang for all the info. I think Im confortable with Swing (AWT) and Multithreading. Although Im not sure whether its to the level expected for the exam. Have used sockets before but haven't used RMI before. That said, there'll definitely be more things to learn even about the technologies like Swing which Im familiar with and Im willing to give it my best shot. Hoepfully with the SCJD book from Andrew Monkhouse, this forum, head first design patterns and my dedication, i shall succeed.


Thanks guys
Roel De Nijs
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Olu Shiyan wrote:Hoepfully with the SCJD book from Andrew Monkhouse, this forum, head first design patterns and my dedication, i shall succeed.

With these resources you'll certainly succeed
Olu Shiyan
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Hi Roel,

In your SCJD success post, you mentioned that you used Robert Perillo's test cases to test your code for deadlock. Did Robert Perillo make those test cases available on this forum at the time? If yes, is it still available?


Cheers
Roberto Perillo
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Olu Shiyan wrote:Did Robert Perillo make those test cases available on this forum at the time? If yes, is it still available?


Oh yeah, champ. Please take a look here. I will, in the near future, do some enhancements on it, but it still can do the job!


Cheers, Bob "John Lennon" Perillo
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Roel De Nijs
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Hi Olu,

If you have a look at ScjdFaq, you'll find some other interesting tests and scripts, which will lead without any doubt to success

Kind regards,
Roel
Jari Timonen
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Joined: Jan 16, 2004
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I'm full time developer - it took me 8 months. Some part i was just bit lazy


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