I did the test yesterday and passed with the score of 81. This test was a good surprise. Sun realized that the Programmer certification was losing its value and made the updated test much harder.
As usual, lots of tricky questions. The concurrency part was really tough. As I'm not used to the new features, I have read many articles but haven't got time to use them on my daily work, I lost some points on things like DateFormatter, Scanner and some tricky questions on autoboxing. There was also one drag and drop question regarding accessibility modifiers which I read more than 10 times but no way to understand it.
I was affraid of the Generics questions, but fortunately Sun did not go that deeper on this topic. It is worth to study how Generics and legacy code can be mixed. There is a very good tutorial about Generics on Sun's site that covers many aspects required for the exam.
Also take care with serialization questions which were also very hard. You have to know how Serialization is applied in the class hierarchy.
What books/study material did you read for the exam ?.
Is there any pattern for the questings. Like what % of the questions are based on Generics and what % are based on Threading etc ?
posted 14 years ago
Thanks I've read the Kathy Sierra/Bert Bates book to remember the 1.4 topics. Even being a bit outdated for this certification, this book is still essential. The new features are covered by some tutorials found in Sun's web site (take a look at thisthread for more details) and also in these study notes.
Regarding the pattern for the questions, I'm not sure but I think I got something like 10 questions about generics and 6 or 7 about concurrency.
Best Regards Cleverson Schmidt [ October 03, 2005: Message edited by: Cleverson Schmidt ]