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The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 [Paperback]

Mehran Habibi , Terry Camerlengo , Jeremy Patterson
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Book Description

Aug. 8 2002 1590590309 978-1590590300 1
The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 takes a two-pronged approach, introducing the new features of J2SE 1.4 in the context of projects structured to mirror the Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD) examination. Upon reading this book, youll master the new features of J2SE 1.4 while preparing yourself for the exam.

To begin, youll find discussion of the SCJD exam and the expectations of the programming assignment. Youll begin a sample project that develops throughout the book, each component building upon your knowledge of new J2SE 1.4 features.

Assuming a certain level of Java skill, this book excludes introductory Java concepts and gets right to what you need to know for the exam. Youll dig into the important J2SE 1.4 concepts that are vital for passing. If you intend to earn Java certification, The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 offers a supremely practical means for getting the jump on the latest Java features.


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About the Author

Mehran Habibi is the coauthor of The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 and Cracking the AP Computer Science Exam, 2004-2005 Edition. He is
also an application architect with BankOne in Ohio, where he resides with his lovely wife, Angela. Mehran has over 9 years of IT experience, including positions with IBM, Executive Jet, UUNET, BankOne, and OCLC, in addition to working as a university lecturer, independent consultant, and Java certification
trainer. Technologies of interest to him include web services, wireless technologies, and XML/XSLT. Mehran's professional focus has been on architecture, project leadership, mentoring, team leadership, and programming from the mid-tier on back. Mehran holds certifications in both "The Other Company" and Java 2, and he graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in software engineering from the honors program at The Ohio State University.

Terry Camerlengo has over 5 years of software engineering experience from numerous corporations, including Fortune 500s and a dot-com. He is experienced in all phases of the software life cyle, with a focus on object-oriented technologies such as C++ and Java. His expertise spans from front-end technologies such as ASP, JSP, and servlets, to server-side skills in EJB and COM programming on UNIX and NT. Terry holds both Sun and Microsoft certifications, and graduated with a degree in computer science and philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Jeremy Patterson graduated summa cum laude from the The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. Jeremy's professional career has included many positions in the field of software engineering, with a holistic focus on the integration of software solutions from the back-end to the front-end. Jeremy is a Java Certified Programmer and has been programming in Java for 4 years. His skills include a wide range of Java technologies such as JSP, Servlets, Java 2D (including the Java Advanced Imaging API), Swing, XML, Enterprise JavaBeans, and various underground technologies. His other interests include the pursuit of better software through intelligent interface design and adherence to usability standards. Jeremy is an experienced educator, having taught professional Java Certification courses.

In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys playing with his numerous computer systems and exploring any cool new technology he can get his hands on. He is also, unashamedly, an avid Macintosh fan.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on SCJD Available Feb. 25 2004
By Pat D
I recommend this book because I found it to be valuable in helping me to pass the Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD) Exam with a perfect score (400/400).
This is simply the best book available for those working on the SCJD Exam. Alain Trottier's "Java 2 Developer Exam Cram 2," is a distant second. Those are the only two books available that cover this exam in an in-depth manner. Books that attempt to cover both the Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) and SCJD exams generally seem to do a good job of covering the programmer's exam, but are significantly less comprehensive when it comes to the developer's exam.
This book develops a sample project that is analogous to the project required for the SCJD examination. The complete source code is available for downloading from the publisher. The design and implementation issues explored in the sample project are similar to those required in order to successfully complete the exam. Those expecting to download the sample project, make a few cosmetic alterations, and upload the result as their exam submission will be disappointed. On the other hand, those who feel they would benefit from seeing what a complete solution to a similar problem looks like, and who would like some specific guidance about how to approach the various issues surrounding the project will be happy to have this book.
Another nice feature of this book is that it provides links to some other very helpful resources. The most useful of these is [...] an excellent Java site that provides an indispensable developer certification discussion forum for those working on the SCJD. It's the best place to go with your SCJD questions. Mehran (Max) Habibi, one of the authors of this book, is a contributor to that discussion forum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, bad, bad Dec 7 2002
By A Customer
This is the second book from Apress that I bought and got burnt. I will avoid any book from that Publisher in the future.
This book is full of bad editing, typos and inconsistencies. It is such a drag to read. The authors are either inexperienced or just did not bother to take more care to produce a quality book. The content itself has a few good explanations and illustrations. Otherwise, it is not really necessary to read. Please spend your money somewhere else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Feb. 8 2004
By A Customer
To review a book is a very personal thing. Each individual, based upon what test version they are currently working on, what skills and experience that individual brings to the test, what raw intelligence quotient, and what outside help one receives, will think differently about any book (and wealthy people won't even need to read a review). The fact of the matter is there is no one, personal review of this book that can adequately relate to every potential reader of this book. The developer test covers quite a broad range of topics, and not every topic can be covered within one, reasonably sized book. Furthermore, given that so many topics are covered in the exam, how can any person really remember whether any given book helped them; perhaps it did, but the person doesn't remember. I would say that the book is 3 stars standing all by itself, but when you add a private tutor, it becomes 5 stars. Or, if you add a private, group tutoring system as found at javaranch on the web, it becomes 5 stars. That is, text books are almost always supplimented by other processes to make a complete learning experience: as concepts are clarified in one forum, they become clarified in the other. The combination of javaranch and this book will help assure your success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Jan. 28 2004
Some of the reviews here have been pedantic and a little purile. They have picked fault with coding conventions like using 'new String("Hello")' rather than just "Hello". What they seem to miss is the SCJD is not an excercise in efficiency, but in project development the way Sun think it should be done. Its far more important that code is readable and consistent with Sun standards than to produce clever code that is hard to read or does things 'your own special way'. Noone is going to compare millisecond responces on your classes, but they are going to look at the source.
Here is my take on this book: Its great. It delivers exactly what it says on the cover : "Prepare for the SCJD exam ....". For J2EE developers like me that have never actually made their own database or server it is an invaluable and easy to follow guide. It provides clear instructions on running your project, packaging it and setting up all the little details that you might not have needed when running your servlets on Oracle 9i.
If you are a threading expert, who makes RMI based apps every day, and can create swing interfaces in your sleep, then why do you need a book to pass this exam anyway? If one or two areas are weak because your a JDBC user, or your front ends are usually JSP pages, but your OOD capabilities are good, and your java knowledge is good (as a SCJP should be), this book will help smooth the ride and give you confidence in your ability to finish the assignment.
But more than anything, this book gives you a damned good idea what to expect on the assignment. And that is worth its weight in gold.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a worthwhile purchase
The primary reason I cannot recommend this book is that it fails to properly address the point of its existence. Read more
Published on March 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for SCJD
I am preparing for SCJD & believe me it is one of the best book on market. Javaranch.com is another great resource apart from book. Buy it if you are doing SCJD. Read more
Published on March 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for SCJD exam
I believe that this is the best book for SCJD exam. I am working on the assignment now and use this book as a reference. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Raja Shekhar Bakam
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love it if you are serious about SCJD Certification
It is interesting that a few readers have given the book one or two stars rating while more than a few readers (including myself) are giving it 5 stars outright. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Bharat C. Ruparel
3.0 out of 5 stars not that useful
It is nice book for those who are very beginner in Java programming. Maybe for them this book would be useful if not for preparation of the exam then for some java reading. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Although the book is a little bit dated due to changes in the exam, I still found the book very helpful, particularly in the area of learning how to meet the threading requirements... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by "kktec"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for SCJD and for learning Java
This is a great book for SCJD and for leaning Java. It explains the concept clearly and vividly, especially on the multi-threading. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars The title of the book is not correct on amazon.ca
The title of the book is not correct on amazon.ca.
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the correct title is:
The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4
Published on Nov. 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This is a very good book for SCJD and for leaning Java. It explains the concept clearly and vividly, especially on the multi-threading. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by "peterq2001"
1.0 out of 5 stars Facts :
- Chapter 2 : Project Analysis and Design. You expect here maybe some UML diagrams, or at least, as the title suggests, some analysis and design. Not at all. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003
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