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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: CORIOLIS GROUP,U.S. (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576102912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576102916
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,492,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The practice questions and mock exam are excellent.
Kumar R
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.
macktheknife
I highly recommend this book as the "guiding resource" in the final days of your exam preparation.
Brian Bowman

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174 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Subhra Bhattacharya on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Yesterday I took the Java 2 Programmer test for the first time passed with a 93% score. I have several years of programming experience with structured and OO programming languages but not much of Java. My total Java experience is about a couple of months only.
The reason I like this book is its brevity. I believe a study guide should have two qualities : focus and brevity. This book has both. There are a lot of good Java books that provide general information. The reason you use a study guide for a specific exam is because you don't want to be distracted by material not needed in the exam.
My suggestions for succeeding in the test are :
1. Study very carefully the exam objectives provided by Sun Education at their website. This (and not the contents of any book) is the true exam 'syllabus'. Read between the lines and into the words in the objectives and try to find out what exactly they expect you to know. The objectives change too - the whole section on 'java.io' was added recently and therefore not covered properly in any study guide. I copied and pasted the objectives in a word document and then used it frequently to search for relevant words, (e.g to find out if the atan2 function in java.lang.Math is part of the syllabus).
2. Read a good general purpose book. Since the scope of study guides is narrow they will provide you with a lot of distilled information but will also miss out some. I read the following : a) The Java Programmig Language, 2nd ed. - Gosling, Arnold. Chs. 2 - 9 and 12 - 15 are relevant for the test. This is a very good book and provides a lot of information in very few pages. b) Graphic Java 1.1 - Geary. Chs 5 and 14 for AWT c) I referred to The java Lang. Specification, 2nd ed. - Gosling, Joy, ..
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bowman on December 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
On December 15, 1999 I took the JAVA 2 Programmer Exam for the first time and passed with a score of 85. Although I've had exposure to simple OO concepts for about 10 years, I've only been involved with Java for a couple of months and preparing for the test seemed like a way to get a solid foundation in Java fundamentals.
The Java 2 "Exam Cram" really helped me to "bring together" the Java language and class library skills learned from other sources (most notably "The Java Programming Language" by Gosling et. al and the "The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide" by Roberts, et. al).
The "Exam Cram" really brings focus to the objectives that are required to pass the test. It also contains an EXCELLENT practice exam that gives the reader a very good idea of the methods the actual exam uses to ellicit your knowledge of Java. This is a key benefit, because one could be very fluent in certain aspects of Java and still not pass the real Exam because of the breadth of material involved.
I highly recommend this book as the "guiding resource" in the final days of your exam preparation.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hello all! The 28:th of September 2000 I passed the SCJP2 with score 88% on first try. This book was a great help for me to do it. It is just the Exam "Cram" it promises to be. It is NOT a beginners book. You need this book for fine tuning after you have the basics from another e.g. the "Java 2 Certification Study Guide".
PROS:
- It stresses the "hooks" that other books doesn't mention. Just such "hooks" are in the real exam. (Example what to watch out for in a switch statement). The book pin-points what to whatch out for common errors/misunderstandings.
- The test questions in each chapter have good quality (not too easy).
- Contains useful practical tips about how the test works. Tactics etc.
- Very good Mock exam in the end. As the author suggests you should have at least 75% on the appended exam.
- This book succeeds to be packed with useful information instead of just words. In around 300 pages you will get a very good understanding what is required of you to make it.
- Thin/low weight.
CONS:
- Evem though I had version 5 of the book it stil has some basic typos not mentioned in the correction page (be sure to read the correction page).
- Some topics like Threads, AWT and IO are mentioned briefly. But as said before this is a "Cram" book. For IO, AWT and Threads:
--I suggest as additions the book "Java 2 Certification Study Guide" plus the "real" Java 2 documentation from Sun and lots of test programs.
My way:
(I wanted to learn for life not just for the test.)
- Read the excellent Java2 Certification Study Guide thoroughly. (A biginners guide).
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Green (mail@marcusgreen.co.uk) on October 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
Like the title says it's an Exam Cram book, not a general Java tutorial, thus it should be used along with other material. It concentrates on the objectives and has no padding, just solid coverage of the Programmer Exam topics. It has no re-printing of the API, no coverage of the Developer Exam or the Architect Exam, just the Java Programmer Exam.
It has fewer errors than any other book on this topic, trust me, I can point out some fairly substantial errors in the other books, nothing significant in this. The actual exam does NOT expect you to understand native methods and thus the book does not cover this subject.
Because it is physically small you can carry it with you easily. This also means it would not make a good paperweight.
The mock questions in the book are probably a little harder than the real thing, so if you can answer them, you will probably pass the real exam.
Marcus
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