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The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide

Angela Poynton
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Joined: Mar 02, 2000
Posts: 3143
If you are trying to increase your core Java knowledge or you are
studying for your Programmer's or Developer's Java 2 certification
exams, the Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide is a book packed
with useful Java2 language details.
This revised second edition version comes with some added chapters
covering the Developer's exam, more exam questions, and a CD-ROM which
contains the entire book in digital format. The first half of the book
is a thorough study guide which covers Programmer's Exam information.
This part of the book digs right into the language fundamentals and
presents Java syntax and semantics.
The sample questions at the end of each chapter usually do a good job
quizzing you on what you just read. The sections on Threads, Layout
Managers, Components and I/O are well written. The second half of the
book covers the Developer's Exam.
Because the Developer's Exam is practical rather than objective, the
second half of the book looks more at doing programming assignments.
Basic examples of a room reservation system and a trouble ticket system
are presented and discussed. I did find several errors while reading
the book but there is a good errata website at If you
pick up this book be sure and check out this site.(John Ternlund, June 2001)
of my prep time for the Java certification exam on this book. After all,
one of the authors wrote the exam! I scored a 97% on the exam. Need I say
more? (trailboss Jan 2000)

CowGirl's comment: Don't even THINK about trying to pass the SCJP without studying this
book and taking the example tests. (cowgirl May 1999)

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Rashid Ali
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Joined: Jan 16, 2001
Posts: 349
You are right Angela. This book is definitely a good and covers all the areas necessary for SCJP preparation and should be a must before trying out to exam. I would also recommend this book for the preparation of exam.
But as the SCJP exam covers more or less 80% programming codes, in my opinion, this book does not have too much practice code for the preparation of much tricky exam programs.
Afterall these were my thoughts, regret for any mistakes or excess in my opinions
Specially thanks to Angela who research and provide us the lot of useful information about these books
Thanks for this forum.
[This message has been edited by Rashid Ali (edited June 09, 2001).]
Junilu Lacar

Joined: Feb 26, 2001
Posts: 6529

I wouldn't be a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java(TM) 2 Platform without this book. In fact, it was the only one I used. Get the second edition. The mock exams have a few errors but you can look those up in the Mock Exam Errata forum.

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Terence Doyle
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Joined: May 30, 2001
Posts: 328
I've got it and it's a great book for setting concepts straight. It's even light reading!!
I'm having to get coding practice elsewhere though - like Java Ranch.
I hope to have at least enough of your success to pass too. I'll be going for it in September.

Terry Doyle

Raising Flares debut album 'Ignition' out now

Terry Doyle <br />SCPJ 1.4 , SCWCD , SCMAD(Beta)
Cindy Glass
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 8521
An interesting conversation including this book here:

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Dmitry Katsubo

Joined: Jul 21, 2011
Posts: 5
While reading this book I found some (to my opinion) inconsistencies:

  • on page 30, the test 6 for chapter 1 does not compile (should be no closing brace on line 15)

  • on page 33, the test 18 for chapter 1 says:

  • 18. Which of the following are legal?
    A. char c = 0x1234;
    B. char c = \u1234;
    C. char c = ‘\u1234’;

    and gives the answer C. I've tried the expression char c = 0x1234; – it compiles just fine. Maybe something changed from Java 1.4?

    P.S. Cindy, could you update the link: it looks like it is broken
    Bert Bates

    Joined: Oct 14, 2002
    Posts: 8898
    Hi Dmitry,

    It's worth checking the dates on these threads! This one you're making a comment on is TEN YEARS OLD!



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    Dmitry Katsubo

    Joined: Jul 21, 2011
    Posts: 5
    Bert Bates wrote:It's worth checking the dates on these threads! This one you're making a comment on is TEN YEARS OLD!

    Bert, the universe time does not matter I found this topic via google while looking for any forum, where I can leave my opinion / comments about the book. I think this forum is most appropriate. If I've found it, somebody else will find it.
    Bert Bates

    Joined: Oct 14, 2002
    Posts: 8898
    Hey Dmitry,

    Well there's *some* validity to your argument, it also has some flaws. In this case you're talking about an exam that's not even offered anymore

    I agree. Here's the link:
    subject: The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide
    It's not a secret anymore!