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Passed 91% (Tips included)

 
Gopal Shah
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Hi friends,
Today I passed SCJP 1.4 with 91%.
Here is a brief description of my voyage in the Java World.
Exp in Java: 0 years
Prep Time:
1) Learning Java -> 1 and 1/2 month (Thinking in Java, by Bruce Eckel)
2) Exam Prep -> 2 and 1/2 months.
I wud suggest everyone to go thru JLS atleast once. The motive should be to understand the concepts and intricacies of the language, rather than getting score in the exam.
The following topics from JLS is a must :
a) Inner Classes
b) Method Resolution
c) Casting Rules
d) Primitive literals and translation of unicode input stream to sequence of input characters.
e) Primary expressions
For Collection Framework, Garbage Collection, and Wrapper + Math class, I believe K&B is the best.
Whatever is missing, will be supplemented by Dan's Tests. (For which u require lots of patience, but is worth it). Everytime I took a mock test, I wud learn something new abt Wrapper classes or String/StringBuffer.
K&B doesnt cover everything, but just gives u guideline as in which direction one should be heading. Also it helps understanding those difficult sections of JLS. (It is really difficult to interpret the HOLY BIBLE correctly).
The only section I am not sure is -> Threads. That is where I lost marks. Again K&B is good, but then today's questions were ... :roll:
(Ok moderators I am not revealing them).
U can say out of the scope.
Probably as Marlene suggests, I shud have gone thru Doug Lea. (Ah !!! but she suggested it late, only after my exam).
Personally I wud like to thank all the people who participate in this forum. I enjoyed many of the "blinking *" discussions and even though my score doesn't reflect, but I feel I have gained a lot.
and I feel proud to sign ...
Gopal Shah
(SCJP 1.4)
 
Unni Kainila
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Congrats Gopal
It is really a good score!
Well, Sun's exam has many thread questions...that is an area one's score can suffer. Good tips Gopal
cheers
 
Marlene Miller
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Congratulations Gopal.
I never did figure out new a().b() and (type)a().b(), although I don't think . is an operator in Java. The precedence is (new a()).b() and (type)(a().b()), but I don't know why.
[ October 03, 2003: Message edited by: Marlene Miller ]
 
Sainudheen Mydeen
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Congrats Gopal! Good score
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Sainudheen
 
Dan Chisholm
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Congratulations on your great score Gopal!
 
Jose Botella
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Congrats Gopal.
It is ok to check some parts of JLS for the exam. But it is not a recommended book for the exam. In fact I think that after the exam is the right time to read it.
 
Nishu Batra
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Congrats Gopal..
 
Jessica Sant
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nicely done -- but I'm moving this to the Sun Certification Forum. Please continue the well-deserved congrats there.
 
Bert Bates
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Gopal -
Congratulations!
Thanks for using the book!
-Bert
 
Fisher Daniel
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Congratulations to you...
daniel
 
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