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The cover of the book asserts that one of its team authors actually contributes questions to Sun's tests.
The goal here isn't so much to beat the testmakers (although the book has plenty to say about test-taking strategy) as it is to master the finer points of Java that you'll need to understand to succeed on the exam. The focus is on the areas that Sun has defined as important. The Programmer Exam--the first level of Sun certification--is covered first. Basic language features are reviewed, such as access specifiers, operators, and other keywords that will help make you an expert. (Some sections explain with great clarity the mysteries of Java's "extra" shift operator and other features.) Other chapters cover threads and multithreading strategies, as well as user-interface design with layout managers (which Sun considers important).
The second half of the volume concentrates on the Developer Exam, a more free-form exercise in which programmers write custom code, based on a specification from Sun. Two case studies, one for a room-scheduling application and another for a trouble-ticket system that tracks requests for technical support, illustrate this test. As the solution is presented, you'll learn how to build custom client/server software, and how to use Remote Method Invocation (RMI) and other advanced techniques. There's also advice for the best programming styles and choices for passing this challenging exam.
As in the previous edition, each chapter in this book concludes with sample questions (about 10 each) to help you study. In the new edition, there's now a full sample Programmer Exam (both printed and on the accompanying CD-ROM), which simulates the length and format of the real thing. In all, the new edition of this previously bestselling title will continue to provide helpful preparation for anyone who seeks Sun certification.
Despite the bulk (over 900 pages), this book actually makes for quick reading, and will help anyone decipher some of the more difficult aspects of the Java programming language. --Richard Dragan
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You can buy this book and study from it. I don't know why I got the book but then when I read it....
I felt rejuvenated and felt like doing yoga.......
I find it hard to believe that a study guide this error ridden was ever released given the gross errors my study group has found. Read morePublished on June 5, 2005 by Robert Delisio
The exams on the accompanying CD are crap.
The engine is buggy (sometime you cannot see the whole text) and answers are wrong. E.g. Read more
I studied this book carefully twice through and passed the exam easily. It may not be perfect, but it was all I needed.Published on January 24, 2005 by Texas Techie
I used this book as my primary study guide for the Programmer Exam and it definitely helped me passing with high score. Read morePublished on November 24, 2004
Obviously no one made a CURSORY proof-reading of this edition, or they would have seen dozens of double-quotes in the examples appear as some odd character I have never seen... Read morePublished on July 22, 2004 by Robert H Kistler
This book will get the job done if you're using it to pass the SCJP exam. However, it is not at all helpful when it comes to the SCJD assignment. Read morePublished on May 21, 2004 by Amazon Customer
I passed these exams a few months ago and as I now look back and see my continually growing library of IT books and certification guides, the Sybex books simply stand out from the... Read morePublished on May 5, 2004 by Chris