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A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification: A Comprehensive Primer (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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This book will help you prepare for and pass the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform SE 6 (CX-310-065) Exam. It is written for any experienced programmer (with or without previous knowledge of Java) interested in mastering the Java programming language and passing the SCJP 1.6 Exam.
"A Programmer's Guide to Java(TM) SCJP Certification, Third Edition, " provides detailed coverage of all exam topics and objectives, readily runnable code examples, programming exercises, extensive review questions, and a new mock exam. In addition, as a comprehensive primer to the Java programming language, this book is an invaluable reference tool.
This new edition has been thoroughly updated to focus on the latest version of the exam (CX-310-065). In particular, it contains in-depth explanations of the language features. Their usage is illustrated by way of code scenarios, as required by the exam. The companion Web site (www.ii.uib.no/ khalid/pgjc3e/) contains a version of the SCJP 1.6 Exam Simulator developed by the authors. The site also contains the complete source code for all the book's examples, as well as solutions to the programming exercises.
What you will find in this book:
Extensive coverage of all the objectives defined for the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 (CX-310-065) ExamAn easy-to-follow structure with chapters organized according to the exam objectives, as laid out by Sun MicrosystemsSummaries that clearly state and differentiate the exam objectives and the supplementary objectives to be covered in each chapterA list of Sun's objectives for the SCJP 1.6 Exam and a guide to taking the examA complete mock exam with new questions (not repeats of review questions)Numerous exam-relevant review questions to test your understanding of each major topic, with annotated answersProgramming exercises and solutions at the end of each chapterCopious code examples illustrating concepts, where the code has been compiled and thoroughly tested on multiple platformsProgram output demonstrating expected results from running the examples Extensive use of UML (Unified Modeling Language) for illustration purposes An introduction to basic terminology and concepts in object-oriented programmingAdvice on how to avoid common pitfalls in mastering the language and taking the examPlatform- and tool-independent coverageInformation about the SCJP 1.6 Upgrade (CX-310-066) Exam

About the Author

Khalid A. Mughal is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Mughal is responsible for designing and implementing various courses, which use Java, at the Department of Informatics. Over the years, he has taught Programming Languages (Java, C/C++, Pascal), Software Engineering (Object-Oriented System Development), Data bases (Data Modeling and Database Management Systems), and Compiler Techniques. He has also given numerous courses and seminars at various levels in object-oriented programming and system development, using Java and Javarelated technology, both at the University and for the IT industry. He is the principal author of the book, responsible for writing the material covering the Java topics.

Professor Mughal is also the principal author of an introductory Norwegian textbook on programming in Java (Java som første programmeringsspråk/Java as First Programming Language, Third Edition, Cappelen Akademisk Forlag, ISBN-10: 82-02-24554-0, 2006), which he co-authored with Torill Hamre and Rolf W. Rasmussen. Together they have also published another textbook for a 2-semester course in programming (Java Actually: A Comprehensive Primer in Programming, Cengage Learning, ISBN-10: 1844809331, 2008).

His current work involves applying Object Technology in the development of content management systems for publication on the Web, and security issues related to web applications. For the past seven years he has been responsible for developing and running web-based programming courses in Java, which are offered to offcampus students.

He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Rolf W. Rasmussen
is the System Development Manager at vizrt, a company that develops solutions for the TV broadcast industry, including real-time 3D graphic renderers, and content and control systems.

Rasmussen works mainly on control and automation systems, video processing, typography, and real-time visualization. He has worked on clean room implementations of the Java class libraries in the past, and is a contributor to the Free Software Foundation.

Over the years, Rasmussen has worked both academically and professionally with numerous programming languages, including Java. He is primarily responsible for developing the review questions and answers, the programming exercises and their solutions, the mock exam, and all the practical aspects related to taking the SCJP exam presented in this book.

As mentioned above, he is also a co-author of two introductory textbooks on programming in Java.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1038 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (December 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321556054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321556059
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first passed the java certification exam in 2000 (Java 1.2). I used this book at the time, and now that I am rewriting the exam, I am using this book again. Honestly, the exercises combined with the sharply focused material burned the concepts into my head back then so much so that I can credit this book for most of the success that I have had at Java based job interviews and tests since.

The book is really comprehensive and detailed, sharply focused on the certification exam. Its not recommended for people attempting to learn Java. Its not easy to plough through by any means but it tightly covers all the concepts that the certification exam covers. The devil is in the details, so if you choose to go with this book read each line carefully because there are a lot of details conveyed in each sentence. Follow the programming examples, but the real gems here are the exercises which are above the certification standard, and its obvious that a lot of thought has been put into these exercises. They will make you sweat. This book is also recommended for Java interview preparation. I can of course understand the complaints, this book is not for everybody because it does not make life easy, just the most determined and focused of people.

I would recommended 2-3 focused iterations (it gets much easier once you have gone thru the book one time), and doing all the tests honestly (and maybe revisiting concepts that you failed on), and (based on personal experience) I think you will be a java interview and testing ace for at least the next 10-12 years (not kidding)!
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I would not recommend this book. I set up a study group for the Software Engineers on our contract to prepare for the SCJP exam. We decided to use this book as our study guide. After chapter 3 we all agreed that we did not like this book and decided to switch to another. This book is written in a way that makes even simple concepts confusing. I found myself having to reread concepts that I already knew over and over again just to try and understand what the author was trying to present. In my opinion this book is horribly written. I would have given this book just 1 star, but I did like questions that the book provided. My group has switched to "SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065" and so far I have no complaints.
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With the version 7 of the certification just around the corner... I bought this book at the beginning of 2011, the book has a lot of content useful for the Oracle Certified Profesional Java SE 6 Programmer. My only complaint is that the content is not so well structured -easy reading/learning aprouch- as the book of Katherine Sierra (Author) and Bert Bates: SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065.
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I have been trying to stick with this book simply due to the fact I purchased it and didnt want to pay for another book. I read the entire thing and feel it confused me more than helped. The wording is terrible, it lacks organization, the sample code it horrid, and its just plain boring. Save yourself time and money, and just google the topics you want to learn rather than trying to make it through this cluttered java mess!
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I would not recommend to use that book for the exam preparation. The text is organized in boring, hard to read and reader-unfriendly way. The code examples are misleading. A lot of irrelevant information Some review questions do not contain answers in the end of the book. After working for a month with that book I had to buy Kathy Sierra's book in order to get ready for the exam... Kathy Sierra's book is much more easier to read and the material is organized there much better.
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I just reached chapter 3 and I must agree with other reviewers about two other issues - no clear structure (why is the JavaBeans specification, which assumes you know how a method is specified, included before the method syntax specification? Why is it included at this stage at all?) and partly difficult to understand simple concepts.

The book does contain a lot of cross references, which would be okay (you don't have to follow them up), if they weren't spaced out so horribly, like this:

* method calls (see
Section 3.7
, p.
81
)
*object creation expressions with the new operator (see
Section 5.15
, p.
201
)

This goes on and on for pages, making it difficult to scan for the important bits of information in-between.

Really, it is hard to understand how a well-known publisher such as Addison Wesley (or shall I say Education-Monger such as Pearson, because being a mere publisher doesn't seem to be quite good enough for them any more) can publish such crap. I personally have formatted E-books, and I know some things are hard to do (such as presenting well layed-out code), but I also know that you have to go out of your way to present a simple link in this obfuscated manner.

I cannot recommend this book.

Needless to say that Pearson doesn't allow for feedback, or provide you with ebook upgrades, the way some smaller publishers do.
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I don't agree with previous reviews. I actually found this book to be very well organized, I think this book is excellent. Please be adviced though it may be hard for people who never studied Java before. It is the best for junior programmers with some Java experience. I would definitely recommend this book as a way to structure your knowledge and get solid foundation for further work.
I was able to pass SCJP with good scores after studying this book.
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