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A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification: A Comprehensive Primer (3rd Edition) [Paperback]

Khalid Mughal , Rolf Rasmussen
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Dec 19 2008 0321556054 978-0321556059 3
This book will help you prepare for and pass the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform SE 6 (CX-310-065) Exam. It is written for any experienced programmer (with or without previous knowledge of Java) interested in mastering the Java programming language and passing the SCJP 1.6 Exam.

A Programmer’s Guide to Java™ SCJP Certification, Third Edition, provides detailed coverage of all exam topics and objectives, readily runnable code examples, programming exercises, extensive review questions, and a new mock exam. In addition, as a comprehensive primer to the Java programming language, this book is an invaluable reference tool.


This new edition has been thoroughly updated to focus on the latest version of the exam (CX-310-065). In particular, it contains in-depth explanations of the language features. Their usage is illustrated by way of code scenarios, as required by the exam. The companion Web site (www.ii.uib.no/~khalid/pgjc3e/) contains a version of the SCJP 1.6 Exam Simulator developed by the authors. The site also contains the complete source code for all the book’s examples, as well as solutions to the programming exercises.

What you will find in this book:

  • Extensive coverage of all the objectives defined for the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 (CX-310-065) Exam
  • An easy-to-follow structure with chapters organized according to the exam objectives, as laid out by Sun Microsystems
  • Summaries that clearly state and differentiate the exam objectives and the supplementary objectives to be covered in each chapter
  • A list of Sun’s objectives for the SCJP 1.6 Exam and a guide to taking the exam
  • A complete mock exam with new questions (not repeats of review questions)
  • Numerous exam-relevant review questions to test your understanding of each major topic, with annotated answers
  • Programming exercises and solutions at the end of each chapter
  • Copious code examples illustrating concepts, where the code has been compiled and thoroughly tested on multiple platforms
  • Program output demonstrating expected results from running the examples
  • Extensive use of UML (Unified Modeling Language) for illustration purposes
  • An introduction to basic terminology and concepts in object-oriented programming
  • Advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in mastering the language and taking the exam
  • Platform- and tool-independent coverage
  • Information about the SCJP 1.6 Upgrade (CX-310-066) Exam



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About the Author

Khalid A. Mughal is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Mughal is responsible for designing and implementing various courses, which use Java, at the Department of Informatics. Over the years, he has taught Programming Languages (Java, C/C++, Pascal), Software Engineering (Object-Oriented System Development), Data bases (Data Modeling and Database Management Systems), and Compiler Techniques. He has also given numerous courses and seminars at various levels in object-oriented programming and system development, using Java and Javarelated technology, both at the University and for the IT industry. He is the principal author of the book, responsible for writing the material covering the Java topics.

Professor Mughal is also the principal author of an introductory Norwegian textbook on programming in Java (Java som første programmeringsspråk/Java as First Programming Language, Third Edition, Cappelen Akademisk Forlag, ISBN-10: 82-02-24554-0, 2006), which he co-authored with Torill Hamre and Rolf W. Rasmussen. Together they have also published another textbook for a 2-semester course in programming (Java Actually: A Comprehensive Primer in Programming, Cengage Learning, ISBN-10: 1844809331, 2008).

His current work involves applying Object Technology in the development of content management systems for publication on the Web, and security issues related to web applications. For the past seven years he has been responsible for developing and running web-based programming courses in Java, which are offered to offcampus students.

He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Rolf W. Rasmussen
is the System Development Manager at vizrt, a company that develops solutions for the TV broadcast industry, including real-time 3D graphic renderers, and content and control systems.

Rasmussen works mainly on control and automation systems, video processing, typography, and real-time visualization. He has worked on clean room implementations of the Java class libraries in the past, and is a contributor to the Free Software Foundation.

Over the years, Rasmussen has worked both academically and professionally with numerous programming languages, including Java. He is primarily responsible for developing the review questions and answers, the programming exercises and their solutions, the mock exam, and all the practical aspects related to taking the SCJP exam presented in this book.

As mentioned above, he is also a co-author of two introductory textbooks on programming in Java.

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Foreword

Foreword

Consider the following observations:

  • Software continues to become ever more pervasive, ever more ubiquitous in our lives.
  • Incompetence seems to be the only thing we can count on in today’s world and, especially, in the domain of software.
  • The Java programming language has become a lingua franca for programmers all over the world.

One can draw varied conclusions from these comments. One of them is that it is of great importance that programmers working with the Java programming language should be as competent as possible.

The Java certification program is an important effort aimed at precisely this goal. Practitioners looking to obtain such certification need good quality training materials, which brings us to this book.

Programming is still more of an art than a science, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Mastering the intricacies of a large and complex programming language is a challenging task that requires time and effort, and above all experience.

Real programming requires more than just mastery of a programming language. It requires mastery of a computing platform, with a rich set of libraries. These libraries are designed to simplify the task of building realistic applications, and they do. Again, the practitioner is faced with a daunting task.

To address the clear need for professional training material, a plethora of books have been written purporting to tutor programmers in the programming language and platform skills they require.

The choice is as mind boggling as the material within the books themselves. Should one try Java for Frontally Lobotomized Simians or Postmodern Java Dialectics? The readership for these books is largely self selecting. I trust that if you, the reader, have gotten this far, you are looking for something that is intelligent, yet practical. This book is one of the finest efforts in this crowded arena. It brings a necessary level of academic rigor to an area much in need of it, while retaining an essentially pragmatic flavor.

The material in this book is probably all you need to pass the Java certification exam. It certainly isn’t all you need to be a good software engineer. You must continue learning about new technologies. The hardest part of this is dealing with things that are completely different from what you are familiar with. Yet this is what distinguishes the top flight engineer from the mediocre one. Keep an open mind; it pays.

Gilad Bracha
Computational Theologist
Sun Java Software

http://java.sun.com/people/gbracha/


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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for the certification May 17 2013
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I prepared my Java certification with this book and this cover almost everything in the certification exam except for the Concurrent Collections.
Good examples and easy for reading even for no English mother language speakers.
I high recommend this book
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This book perfectly helps me to pass my SCJP 6 exam with a great score as well as provides me a complete and perfect resource to clear my doubts and find out the answers to my Java questions.
It contains a number of amazing questions at the end of each section that helps to build up a solid and deep understanding of the exam concepts. It also contains a great chapter on Generics which is very unique.
I also read another very popular book on SCJP 6, and I would defiantly say that this book is absolutely the best SCJP 6 book that has been ever written so far.
I highly recommend this book for those who want to write SCJP 6 exam. It simply takes your Java knowledge to the next level, a level that makes the SCJP exam questions a piece of cake for you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely organized but too many typos!!! Dec 21 2009
By K. Jung
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Deserves 5 if there weren't that many typos. After encountering numerous typos, when I face something uncertain in the book, I was wondering "Is it me or another typo?"
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended April 16 2010
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I would not recommend this book. I set up a study group for the Software Engineers on our contract to prepare for the SCJP exam. We decided to use this book as our study guide. After chapter 3 we all agreed that we did not like this book and decided to switch to another. This book is written in a way that makes even simple concepts confusing. I found myself having to reread concepts that I already knew over and over again just to try and understand what the author was trying to present. In my opinion this book is horribly written. I would have given this book just 1 star, but I did like questions that the book provided. My group has switched to "SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065" and so far I have no complaints.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book if you are willing to make the effort Dec 2 2012
By orlkorrict - Published on Amazon.com
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I first passed the java certification exam in 2000 (Java 1.2). I used this book at the time, and now that I am rewriting the exam, I am using this book again. Honestly, the exercises combined with the sharply focused material burned the concepts into my head back then so much so that I can credit this book for most of the success that I have had at Java based job interviews and tests since.

The book is really comprehensive and detailed, sharply focused on the certification exam. Its not recommended for people attempting to learn Java. Its not easy to plough through by any means but it tightly covers all the concepts that the certification exam covers. The devil is in the details, so if you choose to go with this book read each line carefully because there are a lot of details conveyed in each sentence. Follow the programming examples, but the real gems here are the exercises which are above the certification standard, and its obvious that a lot of thought has been put into these exercises. They will make you sweat. This book is also recommended for Java interview preparation. I can of course understand the complaints, this book is not for everybody because it does not make life easy, just the most determined and focused of people.

I would recommended 2-3 focused iterations (it gets much easier once you have gone thru the book one time), and doing all the tests honestly (and maybe revisiting concepts that you failed on), and (based on personal experience) I think you will be a java interview and testing ace for at least the next 10-12 years (not kidding)!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little messy Nov. 24 2011
By Cesar Hernandez Gt - Published on Amazon.com
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With the version 7 of the certification just around the corner... I bought this book at the beginning of 2011, the book has a lot of content useful for the Oracle Certified Profesional Java SE 6 Programmer. My only complaint is that the content is not so well structured -easy reading/learning aprouch- as the book of Katherine Sierra (Author) and Bert Bates: SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I do not recomend July 31 2010
By Aleksander Spektor - Published on Amazon.com
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I would not recommend to use that book for the exam preparation. The text is organized in boring, hard to read and reader-unfriendly way. The code examples are misleading. A lot of irrelevant information Some review questions do not contain answers in the end of the book. After working for a month with that book I had to buy Kathy Sierra's book in order to get ready for the exam... Kathy Sierra's book is much more easier to read and the material is organized there much better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing book Sept. 11 2012
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been trying to stick with this book simply due to the fact I purchased it and didnt want to pay for another book. I read the entire thing and feel it confused me more than helped. The wording is terrible, it lacks organization, the sample code it horrid, and its just plain boring. Save yourself time and money, and just google the topics you want to learn rather than trying to make it through this cluttered java mess!
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