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The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 1st Edition

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Jeremy Patterson graduated summa cum laude from the The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. Jeremy's professional career has included many positions in the field of software engineering, with a holistic focus on the integration of software solutions from the back-end to the front-end. Jeremy is a Java Certified Programmer and has been programming in Java for four years. His skills include a wide range of Java technologies such as JSP, Servlets, Java 2D (including the Java Advanced Imaging API), Swing, XML, Enterprise JavaBeans, and various underground technologies. His other interests include the pursuit of better software through intelligent interface design and adherence to usability standards. Jeremy is an experienced educator, having taught professional Java certification courses.

In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys playing with his numerous computer systems and exploring any cool new technology he can get his hands on. He is also, unashamedly, an avid Macintosh fan.

Mehran Habibi is coauthor of The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4 and Cracking the AP Computer Science Exam, 2004-2005 Edition. He is also an application architect with BankOne in Ohio, where he resides with his lovely wife, Angela. Mehran has more than nine years of IT experience, including positions with IBM, Executive Jet, UUNET, BankOne, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), in addition to working as a university lecturer, independent consultant, and Java certification trainer. Technologies of interest to him include web services, wireless technologies, and XML/XSLT. Mehran's professional focus has been on architecture, project leadership, mentoring, team leadership, and programming from the mid-tier on back. Mehran holds certifications in both "The Other Company" and Java 2, and he graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in software engineering from the honors program at The Ohio State University.

Terry Camerlengo has more than five years of software engineering experience with numerous corporations, including Fortune 500s and a dot-com. He is experienced in all phases of the software life cyle, with a focus on object-oriented technologies such as C++ and Java. His expertise spans from front-end technologies such as ASP, JSP, and servlets, to server-side skills in EJB and COM programming on UNIX and NT. Terry holds both Sun and Microsoft certifications, and graduated with a degree in computer science and philosophy from The Ohio State University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590590309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590590300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,505,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And I say that having just released a book on the same topic. If you can buy only one book on the developer exam, buy Habibi's book. It's focused on giving you what you need to actually implement the project that you must submit for your developer certification. It teaches you step-by-step how to design and write code for the project. It has a friendly, interesting, easy-to-understand style, and the certification candidates on javaranch REALLY like this book a lot.
My book, on the other hand, is focused almost entirely on the SCJP (nearly 3/4 of our book is SCJP), although it does have a "bonus" section on the SCJD which talks almost exclusively about how the developer project is *assessed*. So while my book goes into great detail about theSCJD *assessment*, it does virtually nothing to help you create your developer *project*.
There has some confusion around the title of my book (not my choice, unfortunately), because it *does* have the SCJD exam in the name, but my co-author and I strongly suggest that if you are already an SCJP and are now preparing for only the SCJD, that you get Habibi's outstanding book rather than ours.
Of course, if someone drops a huge Amazon.com gift certificate in your lap, well, then might as well get both ; )
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"The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4" is an in-depth how-to book on completing the SCJD Exam. This is not merely an overview; the authors designed a project similar to the SCJD exam I received and thoroughly explained how to complete the exam, from making the database thread-safe to creating the network server (covering both sockets and RMI) to developing the GUI client framework. In addition, this book also covers the new features of the Java 1.4 platform, including the Logging, NIO, and Regular Expression APIs. Even if you never used Threads, Sockets, RMI, or Swing, this book will teach you how with clear and concise details before applying the concepts to the applied project. If you plan on taking the Sun Certified Java Developer Exam, or you would like to learn the new features of Java 1.4, this book is for you. Using this book, I passed this exam earning 139/155 points (89.6%).
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This book provides fundamentals with which to begin the design and coding of the SCJD exam project. I found the chapters on RMI and MVC to be the most valuable. The coverage of Swing is very good and contains information for designing the user interface much easier. Overall, this is THE book to use as your primary resource when working toward SCJD certification. Also, be sure to search for JavaRanch on the web. It is an invaluable resource.
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By A Customer on March 7, 2004
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The primary reason I cannot recommend this book is that it fails to properly address the point of its existence. For example:
o The authors devote a chapter to threading, even though the the prerequisite SCJP exam covers this topic.
o The authors devote a chapter to NIO (New I/O), even though Sun explicitly prohibits the use of NIO on the exam.
o The authors presume that the SCJD student knows Swing, even though Swing was removed from the prerequisite SCJP exam.
You can verify these points at Sun's training website:
Finally, the book is full of typographical and other errors.
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I recommend this book because I found it to be valuable in helping me to pass the Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD) Exam with a perfect score (400/400).
This is simply the best book available for those working on the SCJD Exam. Alain Trottier's "Java 2 Developer Exam Cram 2," is a distant second. Those are the only two books available that cover this exam in an in-depth manner. Books that attempt to cover both the Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) and SCJD exams generally seem to do a good job of covering the programmer's exam, but are significantly less comprehensive when it comes to the developer's exam.
This book develops a sample project that is analogous to the project required for the SCJD examination. The complete source code is available for downloading from the publisher. The design and implementation issues explored in the sample project are similar to those required in order to successfully complete the exam. Those expecting to download the sample project, make a few cosmetic alterations, and upload the result as their exam submission will be disappointed. On the other hand, those who feel they would benefit from seeing what a complete solution to a similar problem looks like, and who would like some specific guidance about how to approach the various issues surrounding the project will be happy to have this book.
Another nice feature of this book is that it provides links to some other very helpful resources. The most useful of these is [...] an excellent Java site that provides an indispensable developer certification discussion forum for those working on the SCJD. It's the best place to go with your SCJD questions. Mehran (Max) Habibi, one of the authors of this book, is a contributor to that discussion forum.
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Some of the reviews here have been pedantic and a little purile. They have picked fault with coding conventions like using 'new String("Hello")' rather than just "Hello". What they seem to miss is the SCJD is not an excercise in efficiency, but in project development the way Sun think it should be done. Its far more important that code is readable and consistent with Sun standards than to produce clever code that is hard to read or does things 'your own special way'. Noone is going to compare millisecond responces on your classes, but they are going to look at the source.
Here is my take on this book: Its great. It delivers exactly what it says on the cover : "Prepare for the SCJD exam ....". For J2EE developers like me that have never actually made their own database or server it is an invaluable and easy to follow guide. It provides clear instructions on running your project, packaging it and setting up all the little details that you might not have needed when running your servlets on Oracle 9i.
If you are a threading expert, who makes RMI based apps every day, and can create swing interfaces in your sleep, then why do you need a book to pass this exam anyway? If one or two areas are weak because your a JDBC user, or your front ends are usually JSP pages, but your OOD capabilities are good, and your java knowledge is good (as a SCJP should be), this book will help smooth the ride and give you confidence in your ability to finish the assignment.
But more than anything, this book gives you a damned good idea what to expect on the assignment. And that is worth its weight in gold.
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