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SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5 Study Guide (Exam 310-055) (Certification Press) Paperback – December 21, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0072253603 ISBN-10: 0072253606 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Certification Press
  • Paperback: 825 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (December 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072253606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072253603
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Get the book that shows you not only what—but how—to study

  • 100% complete coverage of all official objectives for Sun Java exam 310-055
  • Exam Objective Highlights in every chapter point out exam objectives to ensure you're focused on passing the exam
  • Real-world exercises--Step-by-step instruction modeled after the hands-on exam questions
  • Exam Watch sections in every chapter highlight key exam topics covered
  • Simulated exam questions match the format, tone, topics, and difficulty of the real exam

Covers all exam 310-055 topics, including: Declarations and Access Control * Object Orientation * Assignment and Initialization * Operators * Flow Control, Exceptions, and Assertions * I/O, Formatting, and Parsing * Generics * Collections * Inner Classes * Threads * Java Development

The best fully integrated study system available. CD-ROM includes:

  • Complete MasterExam practice testing engine, featuring:
  • One full practice exam
  • Detailed answers with explanations
  • Score Report performance assessment tool
  • Electronic book for studying on the go
  • Bonus downloadable MasterExam practice test (with free online registration)

About the Author

Kathy Sierra was lead developer for the SCJP for Java 5. Sierra worked as a Sun "master trainer," and in 1997, founded, the largest Java community website. Her books have won multiple Software Development Magazine awards, and she is a founding member of Sun's Java Champions program.

Bert Bates was a lead developer for several of Sun's Java certifications including the SCJP for Java 5. He is also a forum moderator on, a 20-year software developer veteran, and co-author of several bestselling Java books. Bert is is a founding member of Sun's Java Champions program.

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Customer Reviews

This book is all you need to pass the exam.
Mahesh, MS, PMP
Like the head-first series, this book explains the concepts in a manner that is easy to understand.
This book is for passing the SCJP exam only.
C. Liu

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By derazz on April 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This certification study-resource from Authors: Sierra & Bates is a winner! As someone who recently succeeded at the SCJP 1.5 exam, i can vouch for this book. The following review is thus for those interested in preparing for the exam and not quite sure whether this book is the right tool for the job.

I am a beginner in Java, interested in becoming a Sun Certified professional java Enterprise Architect ie: SCEA. I decided to start the trek to the java-technology apex with the SCJP programmer certification, whilst actively preparing for the SCEA accreditation.

I used the following books in preparing for the SCJP exam:

(Book 1.) SCJP Study Guide - (SCJP SG )

(Book 2.) SCJP Exam for J2SE 5 - (SCJP E5) (Sanghera)

(Book 3.) Agile Java - (a 5 star book!!)

(Book 4.) Head First Java - (a 5 star book!!)

Note: (due to review real-estate constraints, i shall limit this review to (Book 1.) ie: [The SCJP Study Guide] - (the current book in question). you'll find a review for (Book 2.) on the customer review page for (Bk 2 #) using: Link to Book 2 .

Like most new-comers to java, I wanted to get-up to speed in java rather quickly.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken Loh on February 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I started reading the reviews, I could sence a lot of familiarity with the comments. Later I realized that the reviews were for the book of the same title but on the previous Java 1.4.

Therefore a word of caution so that readers do not take the reviews literally for this latest book on Java 5.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vin on June 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the last two years, I have explored all the SCJP books, and I find the following two books very useful:

1. This Book:

This is a very comprehensive book and the focus on the exam objectives is pretty good. There are lots of praises already done for this book. So, I only want to point out from the Introduction inside the book that this is NOT the book for the beginners, it's only for advanced programmers.

2. The SCJP Exam for J2SE 5 by Paul Sanghera (Apress).

This book is new, so not many people know about it. The special thing about this book is that the way material is presented, this book is also good for beginners and intermediate programmers. It also has an excellent focus on the exam objectives. Another special feature of the book that I liked is that it presents complete runnable code examples distributed over all the chapters. You can downlaod the code examples and experiment with them. This can be very useful for the beginners because the SCJP exam is very code intensive. Bottom line: You can prepare for the exam while learning Java programming. If you are advanced programmer, skip the first chapter.

This book does not have a CD but a complete practice exam with well explained answers to the exam questions is given in an Appendix.

Both books re excellent books by their own virtue and get 5 stars from me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jase on February 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I passed the exam today (92%). Admittedly I'm an experienced Java programmer, but this book has been a great, perhaps indispensable, help. This is perhaps the best book for SCJP preparation for several reasons. First, the breadth and depth are just right for the exam, so I got to learn exactly what is required. Java 5 is such a huge language that one can easily get into one specific area (such as generics and collections) and waste a lot of time there (too much depth); there is also the danger that an experienced programmer can still miss certain language features not often used in his day job without the guidance of a book like this (deficiency in breadth.) Second, this book has almost no errors -- a necessity for a detail oriented exam such as SCJP, because nobody can effectively learn if the book's description of complex language features is inaccurate, ambiguous, or even incorrect. This book is meticulous, although the writing style is not like an academic book. Finally, the MasterExams accompanying the book are as helpful as the self test problem in the book. They are a bit more difficult than what appears in the real exam, so don't get discouraged if you don't get a high score from them.

There is also a widely acclaimed book, "A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification" (for JDK 1.4.) I did also read that book, and I like it too. However, here're some caveats: first, PGJC's latest version is for JDK 1.4, so for 310-055 you need to supplement it with some other resources, such as THIS book; second, PGJC delves into certain language issues that are "deeper" than what the exam requires. Understanding these issues is certainly very helpful, but if you are not already very familiar with Java language, you may feel overwhelmed by the level of complexity.
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