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Hallelujah.....I passed

 
Rebecca Mathew
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YUP YUP YUP I passed. I did not expect to....... I was very afraid........but thanks to God and all my well wishers I am now SCJP with a score of 77%. It ain't a great score, but beggars can't be choosers. I somehow feel, 'tis quite okay for a person with absolutely no programming (work) experience. I gave the SCJP exam in order to shift into the IT field.....and...well...it seems my journey has begun
Here's my list of all whom I want to thank (boy!....this is going to be a long one). First of all I want to thank Jesus...I wouldn't have made it without him. Then all the people at the Sun Authorised Training Centre where I attended a two month course. I thank all of you who came up with this fantastic site of Javaranch (the moderators, the bartenders....everyone ). Though I have not participated much in the forums,.....I was a regular visitor. . I'd like to thank Mandeep Singh, who post really helped, Marcus Green for his mock exam, Maha Anna for her site, Chetan Nain for his notes (they are a topic based collections discussions at Javaranch). Khalid Mughal and Rolf Rasmussen for their amazing book. Last, but never the least my friends and family, who pushed me on and supported me at every step.
Now though, I donot have a great score, I have some tips for aspiring SCJP's. BE CAREFUL about the modifiers....a lot many questions are based on that. (eg....calling a non static method from a static method with out a reference to the object etc.) READ each question CAREFULLY, there is ample time......and donot be tense.
I found that the Java API Documentation is extremely helpful. I learnt all of java.io that way (got 100% in IO, AWT and UTIL ). Make hierarchy charts of these packages. And go thru the constructors of all the streams and readers....a number of questions are based on these.
Play the round-up game and like Maha Anna says, try to get 100%. It really helped me.
ALL THE BEST to all who intend to give the exam. Donot worry, God looks after all.
Thanks once again to Javaranch.
Rebecca
(Now SCJP )
 
nitin sharma
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Congratulation's rebacca,
well done.
 
rajashree ghatak
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Congralutions Rebacca on becoming an SCJP
i would like to know were the questions on AWT more of code based or more of theoritical?also are all the methods of various I/O streams and reader/writer important from JCP's point of view?
Good Luck for ur journey into the IT field.
rajashree.
 
Mandeep Singh
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Congrats Rebecca,
It is really great that u passed it. Don't worry about the score. even 77% is very good for a person who don't have any programming experience. NOW U R A SCJP. that is the thing that matters.I am very happy that i was of some help to you.
Anyways enjoy now and All the best for ur new journey.
Wishing u Luk
always
Mandeep
 
madhuri vl
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Congratulations rebecca.
Madhuri.
 
shailesh sonavadekar
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Congratulations & all the very best for the future , Rebecca. That is great score. Your hard work has paid. you will always successful ,till you put on the efforts.
Your Friendly Bartender
Shailesh.
 
Rebecca Mathew
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Hi All,
Thank you, Nitin, Mandeep, Rajashree, Madhuri and Shailesh, once again. I tell you its a great feeling to be SCJP (boy! am I happy).
Now I have a query again.....I really like AWT and intend to teach myself SWING. Is there any job or field where they require programmers to do coding mostly in AWT & Swing.....I'd love a job like that. Does anybody know anything about this?
Rajashree, among all the questions on AWT that I got,...I'd say 40% were code based and 60% were on the general charecteristics of the different layouts. Understand the differences between all the layouts. As far as the methods of I/O streams and Readers/Writers are concerned, its good to have a idea of the methods, but I stress on the fact that you should know the constructors well. The questions I got, checked me on that. I hope this helps
Thanks
Rebecca
 
Bartholemu Smith
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Congrats ...Awesome JOB!!!
Good luck in the future and keep us posted on how things go
Regards
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Faisal Dosani
B.Sc, AIT, SCJP
 
Neeraj Thakkar
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Hi Rebecca,
Congratulations. Done great. All the best for ur future. So now u ready to jump into the IT wagon. All the best.
Neeraj Thakkar
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Neeraj Thakkar
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Rebecca Mathew
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Thanks Faisal and Neeraj.

Rebecca
 
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Hi Rebecca,
Some of the larger shops split application developers into groups with one group handling the GUI. IBM has a site devoted to GUI design http://www-3.ibm.com/ibm/easy/eou_ext.nsf/Publish/558 and Sun has a Look and Feel development guideline http://java.sun.com/products/jlf/dg/index.htm so I think it's quite possible you could specialize in Swing/GUI development and look for a job in that area.
You might want to post in the Job Discussion forum to see what others think.
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Jane Griscti
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
 
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