This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I was a silent observer of this forum. Cleared OCJP today. Thought of sharing my experience with the fellow ranchers
New to Java, approximately 15 to 20 days of preparation.
Read K&B (pdf) 3 times and when ever recessionary cleared the concepts with the help of Java Tutorial and web.
Used Enthuware + Learnkey simulator + K&B self test.
First run :
1. Highlighted the important points in bright color and added my understanding as sticky notes
2. Created a sticky note at the first page, and kept adding the page # along with the important area to revise
eg: @page 589 and 594 read the equals() and the hashCode() Contracts respectively
3. Created sample programs for the different concepts discussed. Added my understanding as comments.
went through the highlighted text and sticky notes. modified the notes when ever necessary. revisited the code snippets and modified them based on the need.
revisited the pages marked in the step 2 of the first run along with the code snippets.