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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.

Praise for the author:

“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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback
    I had just passed the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 1.4 Platform exam (with a score of 80%), and I want to help prospective test takers in finding the "right" Java study guide. I was bewildered by the number of books available, and I had to try many of them before I settled on the right one. Here are my short reviews for each of the major Java study guides:
    "Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide" by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates (five stars): I felt this book was the best among all the Java study guides. Both the authors were responsible for the Java certification exam's development, and the practice questions are *very* similar to the actual exam. The authors also cover exactly what will be on the 1.4 exam, pointing out potential topics, questions, and pitfalls. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
    "A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification" by Khalid Mughal and Rolf Rasmussen (four stars): This is a good choice if you plan on taking the 1.2 exam. The book also has a dual purpose of teaching Java and sometimes goes beyond the actual scope of the exam, but it is nonetheless excellent. However, as the title suggests, this isn't the book for you if you don't have any programming experience. Also, the book's practice questions are much, much harder than the actual exam.
    "Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide (3rd Edition)" by Philip Heller and Simon Roberts (two stars): This was the most disappointing book of all. I don't know why so many people swear by it, but the book appeared to have been rushed into production. Many of the errors and typos have been updated in the book's second printing, but the book's coverage of topics is quite weak.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I got a 93% with this book! Jan. 28 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I had purchased another certification book and was struggling through it. Trying to work full-time and prepare for the exam is not an easy job. Then I got this book and felt *much* better about working on the exam. This book made it much easier than the other book, and does not bring in extra material that you do not need for the exam. I found the practice exams to be virtually indentical to the real exam. I think if I had had more time with the book, I would have scored even better than 93%, but I am still very, very happy.
    There were a few times in this book where I thought that there were not enough details, because of the way some other practice exams are so difficult, but it turns out that those other details are not part of the exam, so I should not have stressed about that.
    This book, and a little time and practice, is all you need. Do not expect to learn Java from the ground up, but you *can* expect to learn everything you need to do well on the exam.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book + 3 weeks of study = 91% for me Jan. 31 2003
    Format:Paperback
    I cannot rate this book high enough. Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates have put together a fantastic guide for passing the test. The tone is very casual, but they cover everything you need to pass the exam in depth. I had about six months of experience with Java prior to purchasing the book, and I found that it filled in many gaps in my knowledge that I hadn't known I had.
    The book has a set of 20 or so questions at the end of each chapter which help to cement your knowledge. Also, the book comes with 2 mock exams whose questions closely mimic the difficulty and style of those I found on the exam.
    I do have one caveat though...only purchase this book if you are pursuing the SCJP. This book has good information for those interested in becoming a SCJD, but the bulk of the book is devoted to preparing you to become a certified programmer, not developer.
    If you're pursuing the SCJP, this book should be the only one you'll need.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars if ( buybook) exam=pass; Feb. 11 2003
    Format:Paperback
    This book is perfect for people who wants to pass the 310-035 exam. I have been a computer science student for three years, I started studying java in august 2002, I bought this book in december 2002 and I passed the 310-035 exam in january 2003. Need I say more?.. yes.
    The author illustrates the material in colorful anecdotes that make reading enjoyable. I have read the programmer part of the book in a week. There were some subtle typos and if you want to pass the developer exam you will need to do more readings.
    I suggest you try the "patterns in java" tutorials... I will add more later once I pass the 310-027 exam. happy cramming !
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Raghu Konala Feb. 15 2003
    Format:Paperback
    This is the best book to consider while preparing for Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform 1.4. The book greatly explains all the details about Java programming. The Exam watch and 2 minutes drill are very helpful. I have succeded Sun certification with a good percentile only be studying this book and trying out the examples using note pad.The test exams and master exams really helps you and provides you a complete GUI similar to Sun Certification. I strongly recommend this book to be considered for your Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform 1.4.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best study guide Jan. 28 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I think this is the study guide that will get you to pass the exam in the best way. It is simple and clear and the explanations are making sense to me more than some others do. I became very prepared for the exam this way, and I followed the book 9 chapters in sequence and did all the practice exams. I knew that I was ready for the real exam when I did well on the exam on the CD-ROM. This study guide is very nice to read and I enjoyed it very much. I understand things now that I had doubts at before.
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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
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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"
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    I bought this book and it prepared me well for the upgrade
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    Published on June 7 2004
    5.0 out of 5 stars Only book I used for SCJP 1.4
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