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The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide Hardcover – Bargain Price, July, 1999

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  • Hardcover: 885 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0782127002
  • ASIN: B00005U8US
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
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Editorial Reviews Review

Sun Java certification is no picnic, so a thorough study guide is essential. Look no further than The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide for formal, structured preparation. This bulky title offers comprehensive coverage of the objectives you must master to pass both the Programmer's Exam and the more demanding Developer's Exam.

Written by a trio of Sun Java course instructors, this book uses a straightforward bottom-up approach, starting with core syntax of Java and moving into progressively more graphical and sophisticated aspects of development. The familiar textbook style makes the title very suitable for self-paced study, even if you're not shooting for certification.

Each chapter includes a test, and the answers are explained. The authors use code snippets that are not overwhelming in length to keep their readers focused on the concept at hand. A large portion of the rear of the book is devoted to a Java 2 API reference, and the CD-ROM features a test limit to help you get psyched for the big exam. If you've got the time and dedication to master the material, this fine guide is all you need to get Sun's stamp of approval as a developer. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: Java language fundamentals, objects and classes, event management, components, graphical user interfaces, database integration, thread management, and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Here’s the book you need to prepare for the Java 2 Programmer's and Developer's exams. This Study Guide provides:
  • In-depth coverage of every exam objective for the Programmer's Exam for J2SE 1.4
  • Hundreds of challenging practice questions
  • Leading-edge exam preparation software, including a test engine, sample simulation questions, and the entire book on PDF
Authoritative coverage of all Programmer's exam objectives, including:
  • Language fundamentals
  • Operators and assignments
  • Modifiers
  • Converting and casting
  • Flow control, exceptions, and assertions
  • Objects and classes
  • Threads
  • The java.lang and java.util packages
In-depth coverage of the topics covered in the Developer's exam, including:
  • Swing components and events
  • Layout managers
  • Enhancing and extending the database
  • Writing the network protocol
  • Building the database server
  • Connecting the client and server
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Read this book and practice the exams questions.
I can recommend this book not only for taking the Certificating but an excellent place to start learn java and muster java concepts.
Alexsander Tseitlin
This book provides excellent coverage of the material needed for the programmer exam.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

371 of 374 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bowman on December 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Yesteday, I took the JAVA 2 Programmer Exam for the first time and passed with a very comfortable margin. This text helped alot and I do recommend it. However, I have to say that the real EXAM is MUCH more difficult then the practice questions in this book. The actual EXAM (at least the version I took) requires you to think though scenarios that are not obvious, even from the "strict" information provided in this book. If you want confidence to pass the test on the first try, I would do the following:
1) Read the Gosling book "The Java Programming" Language" and code many of the examples for youself. Use a good Java IDE to step though the code and understand what it does and how variables inside specific objects change.
2) Work through many of the AWT examples from the Java Tutorial (Books or WEB) using an IDE as above.
3) Thoroughly study "The Java 2 Exam Cram" by Bill Brogden AND do his mock EXAM - it's more difficult than the one in the book being reviewed.
4) Take some WEB based mock exams (like MindQ) and/or even purchase the gEs: Java Exam simulator.
Tests are kind of subjective in many ways. Some people are better test takers then others. I highly recommend a multi-faceted approach to preparing for this exam - especially if you want to really understand Java ... and not just pass the test.
I would also say that including the Java 2 API reference at the back of this book is pretty useless and adds signifcantly to the cost AND the WEIGHT of this book. The Java Developer's Almanac 1999 is the best concise desktop reference for the JAVA 2 API that I've seen.
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160 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Andras Cser on February 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just passed the exam today with 80%.
If you do, and you feel you understand everything in the book, the actual exam is going to be a big shock like it was for me for the first time when I took the exam. Like expressed by other reviewers, this book gives you the *false* feeling that you are ready to pass the exam - even if you read the whole thing. Repeat, if you feel you know everything in this book, you are most likely going to score an average of 50-60% on the real exam, which is not yet a passing score. Its lengthy style is very comprehensive, but you are much better off using your time wisely if you are trying to use this book only to *complement* the Java 2 Exam Cram by Bill Brogden. This book is particularly missing important elements and required knowledge on:
. Constructors . Inner classes . Interfaces . Utility classes (both old and new) . Java IO . Java Event Model . Casting and converting
All of the above are critical to pass the exam. Somehow this book strikes me as a book written by class instructors, not programmers (this is even mentioned in the "Introduction"), so a lot of Java hands-on experience is missing for me from it. There would be a lot more (perhaps one line) code snippets in the book to illustrate right and wrong concepts, valid and invalid lines. Sometimes this book fails to shed light on some class/interface hierarchies your will have to *know* (not just understand) to pass the exam. The book is not updated enough from Java 1.1 to Java 2. Also, do not even waste time on CD-ROM. It only contains low level questions already in the book.
I believe if you take the certification exam, you should have some Java programming experience.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Mr Steve Ferris on December 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Amazed at the negative reviews for this book I thought I would set matters straight. This book is the one and only book I recommend to my students who want to take Java Certification. Why? Because it was written by the people who wrote the examinations! They don't give you the answers directly, but you can bet all the answers are in this book somewhere.
The certification examinations are wide ranging in topic and sometimes the questions are quite esoteric even for knowledgeable Java programmers. Although on the face of it this book gives "useless messages" as another review puts it, lets qualify that statement. If the message is going to be in the exam then the it is far from useless. If the message takes up half the damn page to get the point across then perhaps the point is important? Perhaps the reviewer has not yet taken the exam?
If you are studying for the either the programmer or developer certifications in Java, you have many choices of books to use. I have both certifications and enterprise architect. I speak from experience. There is only one book where is clear, concise and complete. This one.
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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent to those who have Java programming experience. For those who are new to Java, I would recommend the "Programmer's Guide to Java Certification" by Khali Azim Mughal because it provides you a lot of practice exercises to help you understand the theory. The above combination would be perfect. In the real exam, the question style is similar to the RHE and PGJC book but the answers are tricky, make sure you understand completely to the OOP chapter(practice make perfect).Here, I took 10 minutes to break down the 10 exam section before I started to take to helping you concentrate on the major areas to pass the exam: a) Decla & Access Control ( 8 ) b)Flow Control & Exception Handing (6) c)Garbage Collection (3) d)Language Fundamentals(8) e)Operators & Assignments(7) f)OOP( Overloading/Overriding,inner class,etc)(9) g)Threads ( 4) h) Java.awt.package -Layout & Event(6) k) java.lang package (6) i) java.util package and (implicitly) (2)
There are 10 small source code and 2 long ones, the rest are theory.I passed the exam yesterday with very good score. Do not expect a perfect score but rather understand Java concept thoughly. I also purchased the gEsJava2 and Jcertify. Those are excellent mock exams. Very closed to the real exam, but make sure that you understand the concept first before taking them.Good Luck! Join me in the Java legacy <:-).
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