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Alex Assard
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Joined: Aug 06, 2010
Posts: 2
I am a Java greenhorn.
After attending the Sun Java training course (1 full week of training administered by a local Sun training affiliate) and over 40 hours of studying the McGraw-Hill Study guide (still think it's excellent material), and a bit of overconfidence, I took my first stab at the SCJA exam. I failed miserably!
Well, 62% is what I actually obtained.
I did not feel any despair though. I felt rather encouraged to take the exam again. I scheduled my next sitting for end of August.
I realized that a lot of material including the oh-so important UML section was not covered in the training class, nor did I find detailed explanations in the McGraw book.

After reading this forum, I found out about Cameron McKenzie's Study Guide release and heard nothing but praises about it. I prompted my boss to see if she could buy that book for me to deepen my knowledge (that's how cheap I am - she was actually impressed by the suggestion) and, not kidding you at all, she bought the book that I am currently reading.

I am still not through the entire book but I already feel like I'm soooo much more prepared for the exam retake.

Cameron, your book is terrific! I love how you approach the teaching of Java, mixing theory with applied examples and a good dose of humor (essential ingredient to keep me motivated).

I don't know yet whether I'll pass the exam or not but I feel that I am getting the gist of things much better now.

I will let you know my progress but for now, I just want to send a big shout out to Cameron for his exquisite teaching style. Cameron you got me hooked on Java. Thank you so much.


Hoping to make the hall of fame,
Alex
Robert James Liguori
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Joined: Nov 27, 2007
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Alex Assard wrote:I am a Java greenhorn.
After attending the Sun Java training course (1 full week of training administered by a local Sun training affiliate) and over 40 hours of studying the McGraw-Hill Study guide (still think it's excellent material), and a bit of overconfidence, I took my first stab at the SCJA exam. I failed miserably!
Well, 62% is what I actually obtained.
I did not feel any despair though. I felt rather encouraged to take the exam again. I scheduled my next sitting for end of August.
I realized that a lot of material including the oh-so important UML section was not covered in the training class, nor did I find detailed explanations in the McGraw book.

After reading this forum, I found out about Cameron McKenzie's Study Guide release and heard nothing but praises about it. I prompted my boss to see if she could buy that book for me to deepen my knowledge (that's how cheap I am - she was actually impressed by the suggestion) and, not kidding you at all, she bought the book that I am currently reading.

I am still not through the entire book but I already feel like I'm soooo much more prepared for the exam retake.

Cameron, your book is terrific! I love how you approach the teaching of Java, mixing theory with applied examples and a good dose of humor (essential ingredient to keep me motivated).

I don't know yet whether I'll pass the exam or not but I feel that I am getting the gist of things much better now.

I will let you know my progress but for now, I just want to send a big shout out to Cameron for his exquisite teaching style. Cameron you got me hooked on Java. Thank you so much.


Hoping to make the hall of fame,
Alex


While the SCJA is relatively easy, you can't rush through studying for it without doing a lot of work... that is, you'll need to create and compile several sample programs and ideally set up mini apps using the Java-related core technologies. BTW, NetBeans actually has a lot of sample programs that will help you get familiar with technologies such as Servlets, JSPs, web services, etc. It appears as if you studied hard, but was primarily dependent on your memory related to the reading material. Have at it again, but this time, make the compiler your best friend.

-- Robert Liguori


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Alex Assard
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 06, 2010
Posts: 2
Thanks for the advice Robert.
Today I took a second stab at the exam and passed with 90%. Yeah!!!
Once again your's and Cameron's writings have really made things clearer for me.
Robert James Liguori
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Joined: Nov 27, 2007
Posts: 532
    
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Alex Assard wrote:Thanks for the advice Robert.
Today I took a second stab at the exam and passed with 90%. Yeah!!!
Once again your's and Cameron's writings have really made things clearer for me.


Hey, I'm very proud of you, great work!

And I'm glad that Cameron and I were able to help.

-- Robert
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Joined: Aug 26, 2006
Posts: 4968
    
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Thanks for the kind words, Alex!
 
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