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Passed 1.4 SCJP (happy with 78%)

 
David Harvey
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I'm happy with the passing score. It was very tricky and even a full time java developer with three years experience and 10+ years experience with C++ (i.e. me) would have failed it without intense preparation.
Some comments about my prep materials:
Avoid the Heller and Roberts book, Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide, 3rd Ed. It has some good advice but was somewhat off the mark. It still has a section on I/O. I/O is not on the test. The 'programmers final exam' in appendix B is similiarly out of date and way too easy.
A much better book is the Sierra and Bates book, Sun Certified Programmer and Developer for Java 2 Study Guide. I spent a few hours at the local Borders drinking expensive coffee and working the sample exams in this book.
The 'free mock' exams on the JavaRanch site were very helpful, albeit they are mostly out of date for the 1.4 exam.
I'll be interested to see if this has any impact on my next job search.
D.
 
Bert Bates
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David -
Congrats!
Jeez, if you didn't even buy the book, you could have at least sent us some of that expensive coffee! :roll:
-Bert
 
David Harvey
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Sorry about that. Too bad Heller and Roberts can't share some of their cash with you. I did buy their book. Borders Books here (in Salt Lake City, Utah) make it way too easy to sit for hours and study without buying anything.
Cheers, D.
 
Sridhar Srikanthan
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Congrats David,
Sri
 
Dan Chisholm
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Congratulations David!
 
Ruff Young
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Congratulations!
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Nice shot David
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Congratulations and good luck with your future endeavours!
 
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