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SCJP Exam for J2SE 5: A Concise and Comprehensive Study Guide for The Sun Certified Java Programmer Exam [Paperback]

Paul Sanghera
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May 29, 2006 1590596978 978-1590596975 1

Best selling author Paul Sanghera offers cohesive, concise, yet comprehensive coverage of all the topics included in the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5 exam (CX 310-055). With a laser sharp focus on the exam objectives, this study guide goes beyond just being an "exam cram." The material is presented in a logical learning sequence: a section builds upon previous sections and a chapter on previous chapters. All concepts, simple and complex, are defined and explained when they appear the first time. There is no hopping from topic to topic and no technical jargon without explanation. No prior knowledge of Java programming is assumed. The single most difficult aspect of this exam is to read and understand the code in the exam questions in a limited amount of time. To help you get fluent and comfortable with the code, the book offers complete runnable code examples distributed over all the chapters and a codewalk quicklet feature at the end of each chapter.

Although the primary purpose of the book is to help you pass the SCJP exam, it will also serve as a good reference after the exam.

Special features include:

  • Hundreds of questions modeled after the real exam with fully explained answers.
  • A complete practice exam with questions modeled after the real exam and fully explained answers.
  • Hundreds of complete runnable code examples, explained in the book, that you can download and experiment with. This is a code-intensive exam.
  • The Codewalk Quicklet feature based on the process-based codewalk philosophy to prepare you for efficient response to the code-based questions in the exam.
  • The Exam Quick Prep feature which recaps all the important points for the last hour of preparation before taking the exam.
  • Useful information and analysis for the programmers who are considering updating the J2SE 1.4 certification to J2SE 5.

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Special Features:
Hundreds of questions modeled after the real exam with fully explained answers.
A complete practice exam with questions modeled after the real exam and fully explained answers.
The only SCJP exam book that offers hundreds of complete runnable code examples, explained in the book, that you can download and experiment with. This is a code intensive exam.
The only SCJP exam book that offers the Codewalk Quicklet feature based on the process based codewalk philosophy to prepare you for efficient response to the code based questions in the exam.
The only SCJP exam book that offers the Exam Quick Prep feature which recaps all the important points for the last hour preparation before taking the exam.
The only SCJP exam book that provides useful information and analysis for the programmers who are considering updating the J2SE 1.4 certification to J2SE 5.

About the Author

Paul Sanghera, Ph.D., who contributed to developing the SCJP exam for Java 5, has 10 years programming and substantial teaching experience in Java. As a software engineer, Paul has contributed to the development of world-class technologies such as Netscape Communicator and Novell's NDS. He has been director of project management at successful startups such as Weborder and MP3.com. He has taught Java and other technology courses at several institutes in the San Francisco Bay Area including San Jose State University, Golden Gate University, California State University at�Hayward, and Brooks College. With a master's degree in computer science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in physics from Carleton University, he has authored and co-authored more than 100 technical papers published in well-reputed European and American research journals. Dr. Sanghera has also presented talks by invitation at several international scientific conferences. He is the best-selling author of several books on technology and project management. Paul lives in Silicon Valley, California, where he works as an independent information consultant.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (May 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596975
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author:
Paul Sanghera is an educator/teacher, researcher/scientist, technologist, entrepreneur, speaker, and author with diverse background and experience in multiple fields and application areas. He has a comprehensive cross-disciplinary, cross-continental diverse experience in research, teaching, and learning. He has taught a wide spectrum of science and technology courses to students ranging from high school to university, to adult learners with varying preparation levels and backgrounds. His teaching experience spans across both public and private sectors. He is the best-selling author of several books in science, technology, and project management on diverse topics published by reputed publishers such as Wiley, McGraw-Hill, and Thomson Course Technology/Cengage Learning.While working at world class labs from Cornell to CERN with scientists from Heidelberg University to Harvard University and from University of Cambridge to California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Dr. Sanghera has authored and co-authored about 150 research papers published in reputed European, American, and international research journals. He has made presentations by invitation at several International scientific conferences, and have led various groups within international scientific collaborations such as CLEO at Cornell and OPAL at CERN. Having worked in various fields ranging from information technology to nanotechnology,to biotechnology,to physics and in various roles including director of project management, director of software development, software engineer, corporate trainer, and scientist, he has a broad view of project management. His experience with the Internet and the World Wide Web goes back to the very beginning when he was a member of the team of particle physicists for whom the World Wide Web was originally invented. Furthermore, Dr. Sanghera was a lead engineer at the first Internet company Netscape Communications Inc. He has been at the ground floor of several startups in Silicon Valley, California and elsewhere, and has contributed to the development of state-of-the art technologies such as Novell's NDS, the first computer network management system; Netscape Communicator, the first commercial web browser; and one of the first commercial web storefronts that he co-developed at Weborder Inc, and was used by Netscape for its ecommerce system.
Paul lives in Silicon Valley, California.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have just passed the SCJP for J2SE 5 exam largely after preparing from this book. However, to be on the safe side it might be good idea to consider using more than one resource to prepare for this exam, because the exam is certainly not a walk in the park. I have read all the three SCJP for Java 5 study guides from cover to cover. So I would like to share my experience with these study guides in the context of both the exam and learning Java:

"SCJP Exam for J2SE 5" (this book) by Paul Sanghera.

I found this Study Guide the best among all, especially for the beginners. As another reviewer said the author has the unique approach of saying only what is necessary. He also has the skill of making difficult concepts easy to understand without compromising accuracy. The material is organized in such a manner that we also learn Java while preparing for the Exam. Because everything is explained from scratch, and there is no hopping from topic to topic, this book is especially suitable for the beginners. Here are some features in the book that I especially liked:

* All concepts are clearly defined and explained by using visuals where necessary. It makes this book self-contained.

*Tons of code examples explained in the book, which I downloaded from the book website and experimented with them to build confidence.

* The Exam Quick Prep appendix. I went through this just before the exam to refresh all the important points quickly.

* Exam's Eye View, Caution, and Notes throughout all chapters, which re-enforced important points.

* An appendix that provides useful information and analysis for those who are considering updating the J2SE 1.4 certification to J2SE 5.

If you are a beginner, this is your book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book: He Did It Again June 15, 2006
By Vipin
Format:Paperback
This is a great SCJP certification book which can also be used to learn basic Java programming. Previously, I used Dr. Sanghera's SCBCD Exam Study Kit (from Manning) to pass my SCBCD exam, and liked that book very much. Now, I have read this book from cover to cover to upgrade my SCJP certification, and I would say: He did it again!

I myself have always wondered, if SCJP is the first real Java programming certification, then why people have to buy one book to learn Java programming and another book to pass the certification. Well, this book is the answer to this question: you don't have to. With this book, you can learn basics of Java programming while preparing for the exam. It presents the material in a logical learning sequence: like a training session or a classroom course. I love the author's style: same in both books. Each concept is explained where it appears for the first time, and there si a perfect flow. So it's not an exam cram, and there is no hopping from topic to topic. But yet each chapter and each section in a chapter is focussed on exam objectives.

Here are some features that I liked:

1. Unlike SCBCD exam, SCJP exam is code intensive. Recognizing this fact, the book presents complete runnable code examples discussed in all chapters. You can download these programs, and execute them, and experiment with them to get comfortable with the code.

2. The Exam Quick Prep appendix is very useful to recap all the important points for the last hour preparation before taking the exam.

3. There is no CD, but a complete practice exam with detailed answers is given as an Appendix.

4. I also like the appendix that provides the useful information and analysis for updating a previous SCJP certification to J2SE 5.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Debater
Format:Paperback
This book is pretty good for a beginner of Java. I usually have this 'fat book phobia' which makes me disinterested to read bulky books. So i generally look for something to teach me all the concepts in a crisp and concise way. This book does exactly that. Most of the Java 5 topics are clearly and nicely explained in simple and easy to understand terms. I know that it takes a lot of experience and skill to write books in such a way. But for anyone who wants to take a java certification and aim to score more than 90% I highly recommend this book PLUS the Kathy sierra's book for Java 5 certification to cover all the topics. Some topics like join() method in Threads, unary operators e.t.c are not covered or do not have enough/correct exam oriented information about.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Java 5 Programming Book July 1, 2006
Format:Paperback
I already have the SCJP certification for an older Java version. Now I would like to get certification for J2SE 5. So I bought this book. Like the SCBCD Exam Study Kit by the same author, this book explains all the concepts in a way that is easy to read and understand. I especially like the complete code examples that I'm experimenting with and the Exam's Eye View section that highlights the important concepts. The Exam Quick Prep Appendix is also cool. Will be helpful to skim through important points before the exam. Visuals, tables, notes, cautions are all in right amount and very helpful.

I especially recommend this book to those who are relatively new to Java programming. The material is precented in such a way so that even if you are a beginner, you will not have any problem in following the book. This is the only SCJP book that does not require any prior Java programming experience.

Exam or no exam, I recommend this book to all the Java programmers, especially the beginners and the intermediate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of annoying errors.
I found the number of typos and errors to be really distracting. There are plenty of code examples, but for the most part they inconsistently formatted and arbitrarily indented. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of typos; not helpful when preparing for the exam
I found a number of errors, mainly in the chapter review questions and practice exam. That makes it hard to gauge how well you're doing in preparing for the exam... Read more
Published on March 12, 2009 by K. Kelley
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a study guide nor a learning guide
your reading this based on my rating '1' stars.

The book starts off good and explains OOP (abit) but the ending chapters which is the important stuff is like a "quick... Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by love to order
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
In the beginning of the year, Java equals "null" to me ( I know C/C++). I decided to learn the language and take the SCJP as a measure of my learning. Read more
Published on July 24, 2007 by Fernando Carijo
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Starting Point
This was the only book I bought and I passed the cert. I found the book to be generally good. I felt a couple of the examples were poor. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by John M. Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Up to Speed in Java in Preparation for the SCJP1.5 Exam!
This certification study-resource from Author: Paul Sanghera is a great tool for quickly getting up to speed in java with a view to taking the java programmer exam! Read more
Published on April 15, 2007 by derazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Passed the exam on the first try after primarily preparing from this book. Very well organized...I learned Java while preparing for the exam... Read more
Published on April 7, 2007 by Ali Baba
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but...
I think the idea behind this book is a good, but it contains quite a few "small" errors. I found 4 or so in the first chapter that I read. Read more
Published on April 5, 2007 by D. B. Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
 This is an excellent book which, you should be using if you are writing the SCJP exam. The codewalk quicklet, exam's eye view and the review questions sections at the end of each... Read more
Published on February 3, 2007 by B. S. Meera
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise
Concise and beautiful. Books like these are hard to find. It covers the domain beautifully. The author has a unique approach of saying only what is necessary and saying it... Read more
Published on January 5, 2007 by Arun Janardhanan
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