Of lately, I have heard a lot of comments about Sun and other Certs like Oracle etc that they are not something that employers crave for these days. Is the new version of the exam in line with today's application architecture which includes more cloud oriented, social networking aspects and Mashups? If so, is this book more geared towards that or is just purely focused on passing the test?
Of lately, I have heard a lot of comments about Sun and other Certs like Oracle etc that they are not something that employers crave for these days.
What distinguishes Sun Certifications from all other Certification is that they give you strong scientific knowledge focusing on building very strong basis that you can go anywhere after that. They are very good at cover the technical and practical aspect as well.
After Oracle acquisition, I am not sure if this will be the case.
I think it can be worthwhile to stop and ask yourself why you are trying to get certified?
If it is only to get a job, there may be better ways to go about it.
If you are trying to improve your own knowledge, then most certifications will help with that. And being more knowledgeable in any field will help with your career in that field - even if the certification itself does not gain you a job.