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SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 Hardcover – July 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0071591065 ISBN-10: 0071591060 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Kathy Sierra is a co-developer of the SCJP exam and Sun's practice exam. She is also a Sun Certified Java Instructor and the founder of the world's largest Java certification website, Javaranch.com.

Bert Bates is a Sun Certified Programmer for Java and has participated in the development of the SCJP exam and Sun's practice exam. He is the coauthor, with Kathy Sierra, of the previous editions of this book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 851 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071591060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071591065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathy Sierra created the award-winning Head First programming book series that has sold over 1 million copies, and includes the longest-running tech bestsellers of the past decade. Her background is in developing education games and software for the motion picture industry, and she also created the first interaction design courses for UCLA Entertainment Studies. For more than 15 years she's been helping large companies, small start-ups, non-profits, and educators rethink their approach to user experience, and build sustainable, genuine loyalty.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By I Feel Fine on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Readable, approachable, perhaps even to a fault, this study guide does a good job of describing and preparing a ready for the SCJP exam. The book occasionally obsesses on what I'd call trick questions which delve a little too deeply into syntactic molasses. Concepts like multi-dimensional arrays, run-time versus compile-time, and variable arguments are often tested in a single question.

I took one star away for the CDROM content, specifically the e-Book. The content looks like it came directly from a Distiller-like product with zero treatment at all. A html "Table of Contents" is unreasonably course. It only list chapters. An index is unavailable. The e-book is split by chapter. Security prevents cutting or pasting, printing, or re-distilling into a one-stop searchable monolithic source. So really, the e-book has been castrated into something completely unusable. In short, why bother?
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Nils Kelly on February 18, 2010
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I bought this book several months ago and finally spent enough time plowing through it to be ready to take the exam. Which I took today and passed. Glad that's out of the way, as it's a really obnoxious exam. (I took the 1.4 version in 2006.)

Many of the test questions rely on misdirection/trickiness, as opposed to getting plainly at your understanding of Java itself. Several questions only test brute memorization of APIs. There are not enough questions, so the categorical results given to you afterwards have little meaning (50% in concurrency! Meaning probably 2 out of 4 questions--on a topic covered in 80 pp in the book!). You can get for example 3 possibilities correct out of 7, but miss a 4th, so get the whole question wrong. At least they have drag-and-drop now, which they didn't have in the 1.4 exam.

It is, in short, a poor design. Given that, this book does do a good job of preparing you for the mess. The book mentions "toughening you up" for the exam and I think that's accurate. One problem is that there is no published errata, and the errata, particularly in the mock exams will drive you crazy. The website Java Ranch is a good place to check when something seems like a typo.

There's really no short cut to 1.) reading the thing front to back 2.) going through the questions and answers at each chapter's end 3.) going through the provided mocks and 4.) writing dozens of little programs that mimic the points in the mocks.

But be aware: Oracle now owns Sun, and has announced a new "Sun Java Programmer Plus Certification", which they call Sun's first "performance-based" Java certification exam. It's apparently in beta. It may make this version of the SCJP 6 obsolete. Good riddance I say!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Abernathy on November 7, 2010
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I studied this book for the Sun (now Oracle) Certified Java Programmer SE 6 exam (Exam 310-065). I thought I knew how to program in Java before but I found that I learned quite a lot from the book. It goes through the subjects covered on the exam and explains them and gives sample code.

There were a few times when I thought it could have been better organized, but overall the organization was OK. The main drawback I found was that there seemed to be a few details it left out. There were a number of times as I was doing the practice questions that I came upon some rule that had not been covered in the text. I even rescheduled my test because I was missing so many of the questions. That is the main reason why I'm giving it four stars and not five. In their defense, it is difficult to write a text that exhaustively covers everything in a language as large as Java. I did pass the test, but I'm just wondering if I could have passed the test earlier and with less time spent studying had they explained a few things a little better.

Despite a few small flaws, I ended up passing the test with an 85%, 27% more than the required 58%. The only training I did was studying this book, doing the practice questions, writing lots of sample programs, and occasionally looking at the online API. Oh, and I did consult another book about threads but I ended up not needing to because the questions on threads on the exam were not very hard. So this book did it's job. The questions on the test were easier than the book's practice questions.

I would recommend that someone wanting to pass the exam get this book, read it, take notes, and do lots of little programs as the authors recommend in the forward.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dimitri Shvorob on October 11, 2008
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An excellent, effective Java guide that I would recommend even without regard for the certification. It has all you need to know to pass - just make sure you go through the end-of-chapter quizzes.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Arabic Learner on May 11, 2010
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The book seems great for reading, but the nitty gritty of this book (practice exams, training) are all in .exe- which are windows extensions. I was expecting to find 2 types of files. Did I miss something in the description of this book that the CD only works on Windows?

NOTE TO AMAZON: Please put the requirements of the CD install in your description!!!! It isn't until you unseal the CD, load it up, that you see a Readme.txt file that states the System requirements are only for Windows. Frankly, my main purpose for buying this book was the for the training and practice exams.

So, if you have a Mac, this will not run unless you download something to allow .exe to run on Macs- which I find almost the opposite of what the Java language has been pushing- it runs on all platforms. Why does the author assume only Windows users will be needing to learn Java? Bad, Bad, Bad....

Unfortunately, I read a few chapters, did some highlighting before loading the CD. Therefore, I cannot return it. Hopefully, this review will spare some Mac users.
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