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Bryan Timmins
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Hello,
Passed the SCJP2 today with 71% (42/59).
Here's my breakdown:
Declarations and Access: 62% (Hmm...)
Flow and Exceptions: 85% (Know your exceptions!)
Garbage: 100% (Understand eligibility)
Language Fundamentals: 66% (Hmm...)
Ops and assignments: 85% ( x++ vs. ++x !!)
O, O, RT, and OO: 57% (Lotsa code to work out)
Threads: 57% (Much longer, harder code than I expected)
AWT: 50% (Don't care much for GUI work; did not devote)
.lang: 50% (StringBuffer!!!)
.util: 100% (3 questions...theory...know it)
IO: 100% (Thank goodness I went overboard here...7 questions!)
I started studying Java in March, taking a 4-month course at a university, using several thick books, discussion boards like this one, and many web sites, especially http://www.javasoft.com. Prior to March, I spent a year designing web sites with PHP, JavaScript, and SQL, so I do have some real-world coding experience.
My tools for the exam:
- JQ+ simulator (Some questions on Sun exam were almost identical!) http://www.enthuware.com
- Roberts, Heller, Ernst http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0782128254/electricporkchop/
- Velmurugan Periasamy's Notes
(Lost that URL)
- JavaRanch!!!
- http://janeg.ca/java2.html
- JBuilder and Visual Age.

Go by the objectives and you'll do fine. Don't waste your time trying every mock exam you find (many of them are so vague and inaccurate). Get a core of study materials and go to town.
If you have any questions, feel free.
Bryan
[This message has been edited by Bryan Timmins (edited August 21, 2001).]
 
Ashik Uzzaman
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Congrats Bryan. Great job done....
Plz advise me on I/O.....u got 100%. I m trying to see the various cntrcs but not the methods. Should I?

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Bryan Timmins
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I had no method-related questions. You need to know the constructors of the classes mentioned on the objectives inside and out and know the hierarchy of the java.io package. I also had a lengthy question on RAF that tried to trip me up on read vs. read-only.
I used "The JPL, 3rd edition" by Gosling, et al for memorizing the IO constructors and hierarchy, but any book or web that is thorough will suffice. Write some simple programs using all of the classes mentioned in the objectives too...that helped me solidify the knowledge.
Best wishes!
Bryan
 
Dave Vick
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Congrats Bryan!!
I should ahve studied I/O more before I took the test, it was my weakest area (only got a 60%).
good luck for the future
Dave
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Jane Griscti
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Congratulations Bryan
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Bryan Timmins
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Jane,
I forgot to mention your site in my original post. http://janeg.ca/java2.html
I went through every page of this in the last week before the exam and you helped clear me up on bitwise shift operators, as well as some other topics. Good job!
Thanks,
 
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