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Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0072226843
ISBN-10: 0072226846
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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    Product Details

    • Series: Certification Press
    • Paperback: 752 pages
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (December 11, 2002)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0072226846
    • ISBN-13: 978-0072226843
    • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni Azua on September 5, 2004
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    I do strongly recommend this book for anyone willing to pass the SCJP exam,
    even though, it is very important for you to know that it does not cover ALL
    possible content you will find in the real exam, will cover most yes, but
    not all. If you are newbie you would not notice (dangerous) but if you do have
    experience, sometimes you will feel like going and find by yourself some
    gaps in the book. If you are the kind go for all 100% getter I do strongly recommend
    using additional study materials as complement and even more, use your favorite
    development environment to test all gaps or questions you might find which are
    not covered in the book.


    - The book covers nicely most of the exam objectives.

    - It is a breeze to read it, I have even had friends asking me what was this
    comedy about. I did really enjoy reading it. I did not find any bad jokes,
    I think I would enjoy a party with the authors, we have the same sense of humor.

    - The book is 100% reliable, perfectly accurate, if the content is in the book
    it is right. As far as I can tell, I did not find one single question error or
    wrong concept and I made all self tests in the book and I consider myself a
    really meticulous guy (this is a MUST requirement for any study material, there
    are many inaccurate books and preparation materials with flawed concepts). Not
    studying or keeping your concepts from experience is even better than studying it
    wrong, this book only does good. The authors gained my entire trust, I will look only
    for them when looking for further Java certification books.
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    107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By macktheknife on January 21, 2003
    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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    65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2002
    Format: Paperback
    I was on a beta review team for this book, and it was the book I wish I'd had when I was preparing for the exam. Things that were not made clear to me from other books were suddenly lightbulbs turning on. One of the authors was apparently on the team that actually CREATED the real Sun exam (at least the latest one, for 1.4, I think), so the topics and sample questions are exactly in line with what the real exam is like. There are a few new things (assertions) that were not on the exam when I took it, so I can't speak to how well those match the new exam, but from everything I can remember, this book is dead on.
    The tone of the writing is very friendly, casual and informal. If you're looking for a computer science text book, this is not it. This book sounds like having the guy in the next cube sit down and talk to you about how things REALLY work, and if you don't get it he just keeps trying.
    There were a few errors when we proof-read it, so hopefully these were all fixed, but they were mostly typos that did not hurt your ability to learn and prepare for the exam. Also, it does *not* cover material that is not on the exam. I happen to like this about it -- if I want to learn more and more about Java I'll read something else, thank you very much. My big concern when I was studying for the exam was to PASS THE FRICKIN THING. It makes it clear over and over that the book is about helping you get through the exam. Period.
    But -- not everyone likes this approach, and if you want a more comprehensive (but very dry and textbook-like) discussion of Java overall, then you might want one of the other exam books.
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