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Who's preparing for SCJA?

Robert James Liguori
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Just curious...

Who is currently preparing for the SCJA?

And when do you expect to sit the exam?

-- Robert


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Ranbir Kapur
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Sir,

I'm preparing for the SCJA from your book. I am planning to give the test 2 weeks from now.

Regards
Robert James Liguori
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Ranbir Kapur wrote:Sir,

I'm preparing for the SCJA from your book. I am planning to give the test 2 weeks from now.

Regards


Thanks for replying.

It would be nice to see some more technical-questions traffic on this forum related to the SCJA.

If you, are anyone else have any, post away!

-- Robert
Ivan Amat
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Joined: Jul 26, 2010
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Hello Robert,

I'm preparing also for the SCJA from your book. I am planning to give the test 4 months from now.

Regards

kris kalapala
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Joined: Jul 25, 2010
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Robert Liguori wrote:Just curious...

Who is currently preparing for the SCJA?

And when do you expect to sit the exam?

-- Robert


+1

I plan to take it in two weeks or less.

Kris
Heather Clift
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Joined: Aug 13, 2010
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I am hoping to take it mid-September. I'd hoped that I could take it next week, but didn't get as far in preparing as I wanted to get.
Michael Salvini
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I am studying/preapring for the exam as well. I picked you book up around the beginning of June. I got half way through it and a couple of people recommended reading Head First Java. I am just about finished reading that. Prior to your book, I had read Mike Murach's Java SE 6 and Java Programming. I am now completing Head First Java, then your book and plan to read through Cameron's as well. I realize I have not yet been too active on the message boards, but to be Honest Head First Java has really cleared a lot of the fog. Except, I seem to be struggling a little bit with the Networking and Threads chapter (15). More so with the Threads. I want to finish the chapter and then I will probably have some questions so that I can clear things up.

As far as when I plan on taking the exam, I am hoping for late September, early October.

Thanks,
Mike


Learning Java & Studying for the SCJA
kris kalapala
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kris kalapala wrote:
Robert Liguori wrote:Just curious...

Who is currently preparing for the SCJA?

And when do you expect to sit the exam?

-- Robert


+1

I plan to take it in two weeks or less.

Kris


After giving up on the idea of actually taking this exam and percolating(Charlie style---Two and a half men) for all this time , I decided to take it on Thursday last week. Took it this afternoon, 92%.

Glad I got some momentum going but would have liked to prepare better. I lost marks only the programming sections which is very annoying.


Ivan Amat
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It has cost me more than I expected, but finally today I passed 22. I have my first certification, now I go for SCJP. Dear Robert, your book has done much to approve. Thanks. Greetings from Spain, Alicante.

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Me ha costado mas de lo que esperaba, pero por fin, hoy día 22 he aprobado. Ya tengo mi primera certificación, ahora voy a por SCJP. Estimado Robert, tu libro me ha servido mucho para aprobar. Gracias. Saludos desde España, Alicante.
Robert James Liguori
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Congratulations on passing the exam!

The SCJP exam is well worth your time. Good luck with studying and taking it!

-- Robert

Ivan Amat wrote: It has cost me more than I expected, but finally today I passed 22. I have my first certification, now I go for SCJP. Dear Robert, your book has done much to approve. Thanks. Greetings from Spain, Alicante.

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Me ha costado mas de lo que esperaba, pero por fin, hoy día 22 he aprobado. Ya tengo mi primera certificación, ahora voy a por SCJP. Estimado Robert, tu libro me ha servido mucho para aprobar. Gracias. Saludos desde España, Alicante.
viveca blah
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Joined: Jul 26, 2011
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Hello. Im Viveca. Mr Robert I would like some suggestion from you. I just finish my MCA degree and im appearing for the OCJA exam within the next 6 months. what do you suggest i should study, what books do you recommend. I would be very grateful for your help Thank you.
Zwakele Mgabhi
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
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Hey, I'm also using Robert's book to study for my SCJA exam. I'm happy to see that some of you guys recommend it. I'll be sitting for this exam in December.

Best of luck to everybody that will be writing as well.
Robert James Liguori
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Hello Viveca,

Just take a look at some of the stories for those how have passed the exam: http://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/ScjaWallOfFame.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

If you have any additional questions, just post them to this forum.

-- Robert

viveca blah wrote:Hello. Im Viveca. Mr Robert I would like some suggestion from you. I just finish my MCA degree and im appearing for the OCJA exam within the next 6 months. what do you suggest i should study, what books do you recommend. I would be very grateful for your help Thank you.
Zwakele Mgabhi
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Hey, finally passed that OCA Java exam. 82%!!
Filip Cakl
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I'm taking OCJA day after tomorrow I had only 3 days to study, so it will be interesting
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Filip Cakl
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And the deed is done

Got 95%, yay!

I used only Enthuware JA +V7 for preparation.
Saraj Munjal
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Joined: Jun 15, 2012
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Hi Robert
I'm new to the SCJA fold and have a few queries. I hope you won't mind answering.
I went to the Oracle website, and there, I saw there are two versions of SCJA, for Java SE6, and Java SE7.
Needless to say, I'd like to opt for Java SE7 keeping future prospects in mind.
Could you tell me, if there is any difference in preparing for the two exams?

Thanks,
Saraj
Robert James Liguori
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Saraj Munjal wrote:Hi Robert
I'm new to the SCJA fold and have a few queries. I hope you won't mind answering.
I went to the Oracle website, and there, I saw there are two versions of SCJA, for Java SE6, and Java SE7.
Needless to say, I'd like to opt for Java SE7 keeping future prospects in mind.
Could you tell me, if there is any difference in preparing for the two exams?

Thanks,
Saraj


Yes, there is a difference. The SCJA only has a subset of the information on the OCAJP7 exam, and the style of the exam is very very different. The latter is much more code-oriented with questions designed to challenge your knowledge (and corner-case) knowledge.

I recommend jumping right into the OCAJP7 exam, as this is the current path that Oracle has decided to go down.

However, if you want a quick and easy cert, go for the SCJA.

-- Robert

Saraj Munjal
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Okay. How do I prepare for OCAJP 7 ?
Robert James Liguori
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Saraj Munjal wrote:Okay. How do I prepare for OCAJP 7 ?


This page will have all your answers: http://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/OcajpFaq.

When I have time, I'll update it... kinda swamped right now.

If you can't wait for the OCAJP7 study materials, any SCJP guides will get you where you need to be (for the OCAJP7 exam).

-- Robert
Yusuf Gandhi Putra
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Filip Cakl wrote:And the deed is done

Got 95%, yay!

I used only Enthuware JA +V7 for preparation.


Congratulations!

You didn't attend any preparation course? It must have saved you a lot of money!

Planning to take mine in several weeks. Can anyone suggest how long the ideal preparation is before taking the exam?
Mladen Mladenovic
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Yusuf Gandhi Putra wrote:
Filip Cakl wrote:And the deed is done

Got 95%, yay!

I used only Enthuware JA +V7 for preparation.


Congratulations!

You didn't attend any preparation course? It must have saved you a lot of money!

Planning to take mine in several weeks. Can anyone suggest how long the ideal preparation is before taking the exam?



It depends on your basic knowladge of Java, so probably nobody can tell you exactly. I am preparing about a month from Enthuware and Cameron Mckenzie's book. Hope I can pass scja next week.

I also have doubt , from Camerons mock exam book, do I have to pass/learn also about java 1.5 or it is enough to learn all other things related to java 1.6 and to avoid 1.5 ?


Any suggestion is welcome,





Juan C. Gonzalez
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I'm using it, I find some of your affirmations sometimes confusing here, because I come from different languages such as C.
Anyway I would like to congratulate you for your great book.
Keep up the good work!
Krishna Srinivasan
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Few OCAJP mock exams here.
Vinod Tiwari
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Congratulations Filip!


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Anna Greene
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Robert Liguori wrote:Just curious...

Who is currently preparing for the SCJA?

And when do you expect to sit the exam?

-- Robert


I will be doing my OSCJA exam about 27 days from the current date. I'm also using enthuware, though I'm (unfortunately) still hovering around the 50-60% mark on standard tests. However, the institution I am preparing for the exam through will give me a free second chance another 2 weeks afterwards should I fail the first time around. I only started java about 2 months ago with very little previous programming experience, so I think I still have something of an uphill battle ahead of me.
Felix Pan
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Joined: Jun 14, 2013
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Tips on studying for the 1Z0-850:

-UML is removed from the exam.
-Composition and Associations.
-Major emphasis on Java Platforms and Integration Technologies, Client Technologies and Server Technologies.

Felix
Alex Derek
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hi Felix,
thanks for your suggestion.
one question.. do you have a reference book for the topics you suggested to cover, or you just watched over internet?
with "integration technologies" you mean web service?
with "server technologies" you mean servletes/jsp and EJBs?
with "client technologies" what do you mean? :-)
in 15-20 days i'm going to give this one..
sorry for the dumb questions!


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Felix Pan
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Alex Derek wrote:hi Felix,
thanks for your suggestion.
one question.. do you have a reference book for the topics you suggested to cover, or you just watched over internet?
with "integration technologies" you mean web service?
with "server technologies" you mean servletes/jsp and EJBs?
with "client technologies" what do you mean? :-)
in 15-20 days i'm going to give this one..
sorry for the dumb questions!


Hey Alex,

This is taken from the oracle website.


Section 5: Java Platforms and Integration Technologies

Distinguish the basic characteristics of the three Java platforms: J2SE, J2ME, and J2EE, and given a high-level architectural goal, select the appropriate Java platform or platforms.
Describe at a high level the benefits and basic characteristics of RMI.
Describe at a high level the benefits and basic characteristics of JDBC, SQL, and RDBMS technologies.
Describe at a high level the benefits and basic characteristics of JNDI, messaging, and JMS technologies.

Section 6: Client Technologies

Describe at a high level the basic characteristics, benefits and drawbacks of creating thin-clients using HTML and JavaScript and the related deployment issues and solutions.
Describe at a high level the basic characteristics, benefits, drawbacks, and deployment issues related to creating clients using J2ME midlets.
Describe at a high level the basic characteristics, benefits, drawbacks, and deployment issues related to creating fat-clients using Applets.
Describe at a high level the basic characteristics, benefits, drawbacks, and deployment issues related to creating fat-clients using Swing.

Section 7: Server Technologies

Describe at a high level the basic characteristics of: EJB, servlets, JSP, JMS, JNDI, SMTP, JAX-RPC, Web Services (including SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, and XML), and JavaMail.
Describe at a high level the basic characteristics of servlet and JSP support for HTML thin-clients.
Describe at a high level the use and basic characteristics of EJB session, entity and message-driven beans.
Describe at a high level the fundamental benefits and drawbacks of using J2EE server-side technologies, and describe and compare the basic characteristics of the web-tier, business-tier, and EIS tier.



These topics make up about 50% of the "topics on exam". Good luck and please report back on how it went!

-Felix
Alex Derek
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Hi Felix,

thank you for the quick reply.
I saw the topics on the oracle website. My problem is that i'm studying on SCJA from Cameron McKenzie (my brother lend it to me... no money to spend :-) ).
in the book the topic of section 5 and 7 are, more or less, covered (i think i can integrate them with a little internet search).
For section 6 there's more or less... nothing...
my question was... how did you prepare the exam? which books did you study? or on which internet resources?
did you took scam exams? if so, which ones? (enthuware...etc.)?
thank you again... it's that 200 euro it's pretty a lot and i want to be 99% certain that i did all the possible to pass the exam
 
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