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Joe Young
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Hi all,

This is my first post on JavaRanch. Hopefully the experience will be good.

Our company uses Java 1.4.2 so I want to get SCJA certification for Java 1.4.2. I went to http://ca.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-019.xml website to purchase exam voucher. But here i got confused. Under "Exam Objectives Section 1: Fundamental Object-Oriented Concepts" the very first point said there will be questions about enumeration types. But there are no enumeration types in Java 1.4.2. So why Sun is going to ask me questions about something which is not in Java 1.4.2?
I thought that may be its written for Java 5.0 but then in supporting materials it mentioned to read 1.4 specs. This is really getting me confused.

Please help.



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Neel Joshi
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Joe,

Only enumeration and for each loop of J2SE5.0 is included in SCJA. They are really very easy compare to other features of Java5. I used Java 5 Complete Reference to read those topics. You need to know how to code using enumeration and for each lool and why/where we should use them. You might want to know the UML representation of enumeration.
 
Nicholas Cheung
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If you just wanna focus on JDK 1.4, you should consider 310-035 SCJP 1.4, instead of SCJA.

SCJA covers lots of different technologies, in addition to Core Java, like J2EE and J2ME. It also requires knowledge on OOAD and UML.

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Joe Young
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Thanks guys for the replies.

My practical experience is with Java 1.4.2 and thats why I want a certification in 1.4.2.

I actually want to go for SCJP of 1.4.2 certification but from Sun's website it appears that I first have to pass SCJA of 1.4.2. Thats the reason I ask the question.
 
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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You shouldn't sweat the 1.5 stuff. It's not overly difficult,and you can brush up on it quickly.

One feature of 1.5 that hasn't been mentioned is autoboxing.You'll see an autoboxing, enum, and maybe a for-each question on the exam.

Cheers!

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Nicholas Cheung
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I actually want to go for SCJP of 1.4.2 certification but from Sun's website it appears that I first have to pass SCJA of 1.4.2. Thats the reason I ask the question.

Please double check the pre-requist requirement. SCJA is NOT a MUST before taking SCJP. You can always take 310-035 without taking 310-019.

Nick
 
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Originally posted by Nicholas Cheung:
... Please double check the pre-requist requirement. SCJA is NOT a MUST before taking SCJP. You can always take 310-035 without taking 310-019.

Nick

That's correct. It might be confusing because SCJA is labeled as "entry level," but SCJP has no prerequisites. If you plan on taking the SCJP, I suggest focusing on the SCJP.
 
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Quite a few people have come to me for help, after failing the SCJA exam the first time around. With all due respect, those people might not agree with the assessment of it being easy.

SCJA covers far more material than the SCJP exam. Understanding 'big picture Java' can be just as much of a challenge, if not moreso, than understanding the syntactical nuances of the language.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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