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Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) [Paperback]

Kathy Sierra , Bert Bates
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Dec 11 2002 0072226846 978-0072226843 1

Revised and updated by one of the co-developers of the (310-035) Programmer exam, this edition offers complete coverage of the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 exam objectives and newly added, complete coverage of both portions of the Sun Certified Java 2 Developer's exam. More than 250 challenging practice questions have been completely revised to closely model the format, tone, topics, and difficulty of the real exam. An integrated study system based on proven pedagogy, exam coverage includes step-by-step exercises, special Exam Watch notes, On-the-Job elements, and Self Tests with in-depth answer explanations to help reinforce and teach practical skills.

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“Finally! A Java certification book that explains everything clearly. All you need to pass the exam is in this book.”

—Solveig Haugland, Technical Trainer and Former Sun Course Developer

"Who better to write a Java study guide than Kathy Sierra, the reigning queen of Java instruction? Kathy Sierra has done it again—here is a study guide that almost guarantees you a certification!"

—James Cubeta, Systems Engineer, SGI

"The thing I appreciate most about Kathy is her quest to make us all remember that we are teaching people and not just lecturing about Java. Her passion and desire for the highest quality education that meets the needs of the individual student is positively unparalleled at SunEd. Undoubtedly there are hundreds of students who have benefited from taking Kathy's classes."

—Victor Peters, founder Next Step Education & Software Sun Certified Java Instructor

“I want to thank Kathy for the EXCELLENT Study Guide. The book is well written, every concept is clearly explained using a real life example, and the book states what you specifically need to know for the exam. The way it's written, you feel that you're in a classroom and someone is actually teaching you the difficult concepts, but not in a dry, formal manner. The questions at the end of the chapters are also REALLY good, and I am sure they will help candidates pass the test. Watch out for this Wickedly Smart book.”

-Alfred Raouf, Web Solution Developer, Kemety.Net

"The Sun Certification exam was certainly no walk in the park but Kathy's material allowed me to not only pass the exam, but Ace it!"

—Mary Whetsel, Sr. Technology Specialist, Application Strategy and Integration, The St. Paul Companies

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Anyone preparing for Sun's certification exam 310-025 will find Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide of use. It provides a fast-paced tour of essential Java features and do-it-yourself sample test questions that will improve your chances for success on the exam.

This fact-based approach highlights material that will be on the test. This means that it pays special attention to certain topics (for example, public-, protected-, and private-access rules), even though you may not normally need to think at this level of detail. Besides the basics, the text explains the details of class design and string processing particularly well. Exception handling and garbage collection in Java is also discussed, as well as class design as it pertains to the certification test. The book includes plenty of tricks and tips for what's covered on the test, along with what to watch out for in certain areas.

A longer chapter on AWT for building basic user interfaces in Java rounds out this text. Every section provides challenging sample questions (usually about 20 for each chapter), which let you test your knowledge. An appendix contains more than 100 pages of answers and explanations for these self-test questions. (The companion CD-ROM features a computer-based test, similar in format to the actual certification exam.) If you have some Java experience, this book will quickly help ready you for official Java certification. Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide definitely delivers the goods. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:
  • Test-preparation guide to the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 exam 310-025
  • The format of the certification test
  • Java language basics
  • Data types, arrays, and strings
  • Declarations and access control
  • Operators
  • Equality testing
  • Flow control
  • Exception handling (try, catch, and finally blocks)
  • Checked and unchecked exceptions
  • Java garbage collection

  • Mark-sweep algorithms
  • Encapsulation and class design in Java
  • Overloading and overriding methods
  • Inner classes
  • Threads and synchronization techniques
  • Math, String, and StringBuffer classes
  • Java collections
  • The AWT user interface classes
  • Event handling (events, sources, and listeners)
  • Sample test questions and answers
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    "High-level, in-depth yet down-to-earth. This book is great! Straightforward and conceptually sound. One of the most well written certification guides I've ever read. Lots of facts, no fluff. Focuses in on key topic areas. Sample questions solidify understanding and build confidence." Review of the 1st Edition Study Guide Simon Lee, Berlin, NH --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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    4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book April 8 2003
    By Cheryl
    This is a very good book. It makes Java 1.4 very easy by using detailed discussions, many examples, and some very helpful diagrams.
    What I liked the most about this book is that it also gives some practice programming projects(not very big). The exams on the cd are also good and I was able to download a bonus master exam from the learnkey site. What I would have liked to see is 6% more diagrams. In some areas, diagrams would have been best to use instead of detailed explanations. Overall, it's a very good book and I've had others which did not do a very good job in explaining things
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Cuts to the chase, and points out the "Gotcha's". April 7 2003
    This book doesnt beat around the bush, but cuts right to the tricks that are likely to show up on the exam.
    This guide is very easy read, especially compared to other cert prep books! Many books of this kind, tend to put me to sleep. With this book however, I found my self laughing out loud throughout each chapter. Its really humorous, and not your typical "Geek Humor". It catches you off guard and is a very fun way to understanding the more serious and boring topics.
    I passed but could have done much better had I given more time to the practice exam on the CD. I spent more time on each chapter and sample questions, and only took the practice exam once and didn't spend very much time reviewing the questions after. My suggestion would be not to stress out on each chapter along the way (the sample questions are meant to be hard for a reason). Also take advantage of the CD by reviewing every question, and taking it more than once.
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    An excellent book to prepare for the exam in a short time! It helped me a lot with the "gotcha" kind of concepts important for the exam. I scored 85% with it's help! The authors' experience of being on the team that prepares the actual exam questions, greatly contributes in focussing on the relevant concepts required to take the exam. The self-test and reviews in each chapter are simply excellent. I also liked the authors subtle sense of humor throughout the book!
    I strongly recommend that you should use this book for your preparation.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, take the test, and celebrate your score March 5 2003
    By Bani
    I've just passed the programmer exam and I owe it to this book. The authors explain very well all concepts and details of the language needed in the exam, guiding the reader about what is more important to keep in mind while taking it. All this without loosing the sense of humor! Everything that was asked in the exam was covered in this book and the three practice exams included in the cd are *very* similar to the real one.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to pass with high mark Feb. 22 2003
    This is the only book I used, and it was all I needed. I looked at the online specification a couple of times, and that was it. I studied with this book a little bit every day for three weeks, and passed with a 92%. Everything is extremely helpful explanation. I wish all other technical books were written more like this one. The focus is on the exam and on helping to pass the exam. The self-test and reviews in each chapter are simply excellent.
    There are a lot of gotchas on the SCJP exam and this book tells you how to beware and 'watch out' for these tricky details that I would not have known about. The practice tests are not more hard than the real exam, but they are almost identical to the difficulties of the real exam. I felt very well prepared when I sat my examination.
    The book does not use 'terse' explanation that is technically correct but very difficult to read. Instead, it will make sure that you have understood something by explaining it in several different ways. Very useful for difficult concepts. I was hearing myself say over and again, "So THAT is how it works! Now I understand!"
    I strongly recommend that this is a book to have for your studies, and you do not need to do anything else except what the book tells you to do.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars _Excellent_ book/guide Jan. 17 2003
    I purchased this book looking to clarify the obscure little language details that we all think we "know" when programming Java - and what a delightful surprise it gave me! The book addresses language specifics found on the exam that a lot of programmers do not use or even imagine using on a daily basis. After every chapter, it provides highlights from that chapter which alone in and of itsels is probably sufficient to pass that specific portion of the exam, considering you are not very new to Java. The humorous overtones throughout the text make this book easy and very catchy and pleasurable to read. It is written in a very down-to-earth style, and does not use any more technical jargon than is necessary. It does not attempt to teach you Java from scratch, however. This would probably be better left to some of the good tutorials already out there by Sun. Its focus and sole purpose is to prepare you for the type of questions you are likely to encounter on the exam (and it does a damn well job at that!). The first 9 chapters cover all the topic you are required to know in grave detail in order to pass the Java Certified Programmer exam, and the latter chapters are dedicated to passing the Java Developer exam. It is updated for the 1.4 exam and does not cover certain topics that were covered by the 1.2 exam (like AWT). The feeling you get upon reading the first nine chapters is one of extreme familiarity with Java and its constructs. Given your prior Java experience and enough time to get through this book prior to taking the exam, there is no reason why anyone should not score in the 90-th percentile of the exam or above!
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    All the preparation required to pass the Sun Certified Programmer Exam 310-035(Java 1.4) is contained in the book Java 2 Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 by... Read more
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    I just used this book to pass the Sun Certification Exam. This book with all the review questions it has will be more than enough to pass the exam.
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    Published on March 24 2005 by Sara M
    5.0 out of 5 stars Got 85 percent on the exam because of this book.
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    I gave SCJP1.4 in July 2004 & scored 95% (58/61). I would like to share my success story to all fellow aspirants who wanna clear SCJP1.4 with top score. Read more
    Published on July 12 2004 by Bhushan P. Madan
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    Published on July 5 2004 by Balaji Sathyanarayana
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    I passed the SCJP with 93%. This book was my primary reference while preparing. It covered the topics well, and more importantly, introduced me to the various (and indirect) ways... Read more
    Published on July 1 2004 by Todd D. Farmer
    1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, awfully written, a torture
    I am very negative about this book, but this might derive also from wrong expectations on my side. I bought this book for the same reason why I want to take the exam: to achieve a... Read more
    Published on June 19 2004 by Alberto Gemin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me!
    This book is pretty much the only thing I used for preparation. It does what it claims, tells you everything you need to know to pass the scjp 1.4 test. Read more
    Published on June 18 2004 by "schmoud2"
    5.0 out of 5 stars Prepares you for the 1.4 upgrade exam
    I bought this book and it prepared me well for the upgrade
    exam (310-036).
    The material in the book got
    me to "think like the exam" (e.g. Read more
    Published on June 7 2004
    5.0 out of 5 stars Only book I used for SCJP 1.4
    This is a great book if you want to pass the SCJP 1.4 exam. It was the only book that I used, alongwith a couple of web sites - one maintained by the authors of this book ([... Read more
    Published on May 26 2004 by Ajoy Bhatia
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