Just passed my SCJP..
I've heard this exam is tough.How long do you think it would take me to finish the project considering that I have never worked in a development enviroment?All I know is that I should get Andrew Monkhouse's book and pay for the project at the testing centre before the details will be sent to me
It isn't that easy, but in the end, you'll see that it was worth it. In fact, the best certifications are SCJD and SCEA, because you have to practically deal with design and development.
Note that the programmer certification certifies that you understand the Java language itself, but yet, a person that has this certification may not know how to use the language to solve a problem of the real world. It depends on how much time you can spend on the development, your understanding of the project and your experience with design, but in your case, I guess around 6 months. It's hard to say, but I guess it is something around it.
Six months sounds reasonable.Is just the Andrew Monkhouse book sufficient or will i require more books?
Also,I was wondering how the cost of the exam works?I went to prometric's site and it showed me that the price was the same as the SCJP exam..but SCJD has 2 parts?Will I pay the same as SCJP(multiplied by 2)?
I have the free bonus chapters on SCJD from the K&B SCJP book...are these a good starting point?
What is your opinion of the K&B SCJD book?
I read on the FAQ that it is not necessary to resit the exam if you fail,that you only need to resubmit the assignment...I am assuming that to resubmit the assignment-I will need to purchase another voucher??
And lastly,is it allowed/advisable to post portions of my code on the forum that I am struggling with?
K&B SCJD book alone is not enough but it will give you what you need to know to pass the exam. The book titled "SCJD Exam with J2SE" is highly recommended along with the other good Java book such as "Core Java Vol 2 & 2",.
So Andrew Monkhouse's book and the K&B book cover the general considerations,design patterns and coding standards but I will need other books to teach me the Swing and networking parts??
And this is the best place to search for answers for any doubts you may have. Almost everything that you need to develop your project has already been asked and answered, trust me. But if you feel that you have doubts, you can feel free to come here any time and ask your questions!!!