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Passed SCJP2 (1.4) 91%

 
Phil Kurian
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Woo-hoo it's over!!!

SCWCD is next... though the SCJD is looking tempting (It'd be better if it wasn't so damn expensive to attempt).
 
Bastin Gomez.H
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Congrats!!!


Kindly explain about the resources used for preparation, so that others can benefit from it...
 
Phil Kurian
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Sure No probs..

First I'd have to recommend JQPlus (no I don't work for them, nor affiliated with them except as a client). But the questions are about the same level (if not a little harder) than the actual exam questions.

I also had a demo copy Whizlabs simulator with 2 practice exams. These were also good. I got these from the attached CD with Mughal & Rassmussen.

For Books: I bought a copy of Mughal & Rassmussen. This was my primary study text. It's a great book - but very detailed. This book is exceptional if you want to really really understand the concepts in Java (as opposed to just passing the exam). It does get a bit annoying flicking back and forth between the documented sample programs and the text, but that's ok. My copy has almost completely lost its covers, and has pages falling out from it ( a sign of a good book).
I also have a subscription to Safari, so I was able to check out a few other books too. Bates and Sierra is also an exceptional book. It's much easier to read than M&R due to it's light hearted writing style - Doesn't cover to the same depth as M&R (especially on collections etc), but that's ok. It tells you what you need to know. This book is probably a better book for studying for the SCJP, whilst M & R is a better reference for after the exam.

Finally Marcus Green's Tutorial is also useful revision tool. Also underestimated is JavaDocs. These are definitely worth reading.
 
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