Yeah! I passed the SCJP exam today with 83%, which, even though it's not the highest score in the world, I was very pleased with.
I have to credit JavaRanch's Campfire and Round Up (as well as periodic lurking on the Java certification threads to keep my spirits up), Roseanne Zhang's SCJP Questions & Answers (http://members.spree.com/education/javachina/Cert/FAQ_SCJP.htm), Marcus Green's Java Programmer Certification Exam and Training site (http://www.software.u-net.com/index.htm), and JQ+ (http://enthuware.com/jqplus/). I began my studying with the old edition of Roberts and Heller (because I got it half-price at Barnes and Noble , which provided a good basic starting point. I studied for about 6 weeks and did approximately 20 mock exams. I found that the mock exams required much more knowledge of constructors than did the actual exam. On the actual exam, there were only 2 Collection, 2 I/O, and 2 AWT questions, which were all fairly basic. There were a lot of questions on flow, and quite a few that dealt with inner classes. Congratulations to everyone else and good luck to those of you still studying!
Thanks for the congrats! What's next for me? I live in Vermont where the bottom fell out of the tech market and my dot-com company went under at the same time that IBM started a job freeze (I worked at IBM before leaving to do the whole e-commerce thing). I'm hoping to pick up some freelance programming work, possibly telecommute, which I know is quite rare these days. As I am also a writer and finished my first novel this spring, I plan to do some more writing. We'll see. I love programming and I learned a lot more about Java than I knew before in studying for the exam. It was a very positive experience.
I'm in the process of acquiring an agent. If and when that happens, the agent will sell my novel to a publishing house. So the short answer is: I don't know. But I'll keep at it until it happens. Like anything else, it requires optimistic persistence
posted 17 years ago
P.S. Thanks for asking. (I love the smilies at JavaRanch!)
Originally posted by keri_barb: and finished my first novel this spring, I plan to do some more writing.
Wow! Good Luck with finding a good agent. Ah oh yes, - congratulations on passing the exam too. regards, Jyotsna
posted 17 years ago
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