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Between

Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) (Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates)

and

Java 2 Programmer Exam Cram 2 (Exam CX-310-035) (William Brogden and Marcus Green)

how do I choose? I have a BS in EECS from UC Berkeley, so I've definitely seen Java before. Does anyone who has worked with both books have any thoughts on which to choose?
[ September 07, 2004: Message edited by: Rishi Ugersain Chopra ]
 
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You will probably get more response if you mention the authors.
 
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Agreed Marcus. I have updated the post to reflect the authors of each title (BTW, are you the author of the second book?)
 
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Still waiting for a response to this question.
 
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I vote for Kathy and Bert's book.

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Originally posted by Rishi Ugersain Chopra:
(BTW, are you the author of the second book?)



Yes he is.

If you have used Java before you may find that the Exam Cram is more suited to your background. It's more to the point and less chatty. (I'm referring to the SCJP 1.2 edition) One criticism I read is that you can see the answers to the questions near to the questions themselves, so some people may find it a little difficult not to peep.

Regarding Java 2 Study Guide it's a good book too, perhaps more for a beginner. The questions and examples are possibly nearer in type to the questions found on the real exam because the authors have contributed to writing the current 1.4 exam. There is also an excellent section directed towards the SCJD developers' examination.

But I would highly recommend the second edition of the SCJP 1.4 book by Mughal and Rasmussen to an experienced Java programmer striving for a good SCJP 1.4 result - provided he has enough time to study it in detail.
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Kathy and Bert's is my primary (you probably would not go wrong on this book). The explanation are great in the book. It kinda understand what you need and which part you should becareful of. Most of the review questions are very challenging, at least for me.

The Exam Cram is my secondary reference. The material is too concise but straigth to the point. Always best to hear from different perspectives.

Also, you need all the mock exam to get you going. Check out Marcus Green Mocks.

and .. javaranch.com.
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both books about equally as good. The exam cram is more concise. The cram has good tests towards the back I didnt realy like the practice test given with the kath siera book. Either way both will give you a good overview, after that you will need to do practice tests and go over java documentation, and other ppls nots specially if you want a good score. You can definitely pass the exam by just reading either of the books.

As far as practice exams go the javaranch exam list has a bunch of good ones.. and I also highly recomend whizlabs, although they are expensive the tests and explanations are some of the best out there.
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Hi Guys,

I just joined the site and I'm really looking forward for some awesome discussions with everyone. My background is a Computer Science degree with 5 years of hands on Java development. More on the J2EE side. However, my company wants me to be certified so I plan on taking the programmer exam first then maybe the web component one.

Are both books tailored for the SCJP 1.4 exam or is it more suited for the 1.2. I'm assuming right now it will be good enough for the 1.4 exam.

Thanks
 
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Hi Francis,
welcome to the boards, I'm new here too! The first book listed above (Sierra and Bates) is written specifically for the SCJP 1.4 exam. Not sure about the second book, as I've never seen it. But the 1.4 exam is TOTALLY different to the 1.2 exam. The 1.2 exam covered different topics such as I/O, AWT, Networking, which is not on the 1.4 exam.
I'm currently preparing for the 1.4 exam myself. I plan to go over the Sierra and Bates book (which is excellent by the way) and then do loads of mock tests. Hopefully that will be enough.

Best of luck with your quest for certification!
 
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Hi, my situation pretty much mirror's Francis'. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
TIA, Sid
 
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