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Rano bellam
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Hello,
i am completely new to java but I knew C.
I am preparing for SCJA exam. my exam is in a month due.
I have been thru the links which were posted in this Forum pages.
Please help me in preparing for this exam to pin point on which topics i can score easily.
I am confused with J2EE books as they give in detail and don't understand which part of the book should i concentrate.
I am ok with UML and primitives.

any suggestions are welcome.

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Well, you really do have to understand the J2EE and J2ME stuff at a high level. I agree, reading books about coding an EJB or manipulating a JMS queue will only confuse you with regards to the SCJA objectives. You need to understand those things, but you don't need them overly in depth. My book, the SCJA Certificaiton Guide, starts out with a thorough discussion of Java, J2SE, J2ME and server side technologies, and readers who have taken the exam have reported exceptionally high marks in those areas.

Coming from a C++ background, I'd emphasize concentrating on the primitive types, and how they are initialized, along with little nuances like float declaration and initialization. There's usually a question on that topic, which can be easy points if you're prepared, or confusing if you're not.

A C background, especially object oriented C like C++, will definitely help you out with the syntax. Know a little about the new concepts like generics and enums, especially valid declarations and syntax. Again, the exam doesn't get overly deep on those topics, but a basic understanding is required.

But again, don't underestimate the need to understand J2EE technologies like EJBs, JMS, and of course, Servlets and JSPs. That makes up a big chunk of the test, and scoring well on those sections is often the difference between passing and failing.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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Originally posted by Rano bellam:

I am confused with J2EE books as they give in detail and don't understand which part of the book should i concentrate.


Cameron'sSCJA Study Guide is ideal for you
 
Rano bellam
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Hello Cameron,

Thanks for quick reply and tips.
I have knowledge of c and Object oriented concepts and as per your suggestion i will concentrate on those areas and keep posting.

Thanks for helping as I am really in a confused and messy stage.
Thats really sweet of you.

Have a nice day!
cheers.
 
Rano bellam
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Hello Cameron,

Is your book SCJA study book concentrates only on exam objectives?
If so, is it possible to have soft copy or pdf??

thank you
 
Rano bellam
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Hello,
Actually i came to know www.scja.com recently. Before that based on other web sites, i already bought "head first java 2nd edition" by oreilly and other books.
i spent lot of money already so i am hesitating to buy any so please recommend something which i can blindly go for and can get thru email or softcopy as i need it asap.

thanks in advance for any help.
 
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Thanks for the interest in my SCJA Certification Study Guides.

The books are very focussed on the exam objectives. For learning the fundamentals of Java syntax, I still recommend the Head First Java series. But to pass the SCJA exam, you need to know more than just syntax, and that's where the study guides come in. The focus heavily on the SCJA exam objectives, giving you what you need to know to get a killer score on the exam.

There is no pdf version as of yet. With all the requests on these boards for people to 'email me what you have', it kinda scares me to put the books into a pdf format. But, I always keep them in stock, so if you order off me directly, through amazon (I'm the seller examscam_pulpjava_publishing), I typically get them in the mail the same day, if not the next day.

For more info, feel free to message me through JavaRanch. I always feel a little guilty hijacking these threads to answer questions about my books.

Cheers!

-Cameron McKenzie
 
Rano bellam
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Hello,

i need some suggestions/help regarding section 5 where one of the objective says to "Describe the purpose and types of classes for packages, java.awt,javax.swing etc.

here i am not at all clear what i need to go thru. i just gone thru this links(similar for all other packages)http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/javax/swing/package-summary.html

so i am confused whether is this resource enough or do i need to go in depth etc?

any guidance will be highly appreciated.

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Everything you need to know about the javax.swing and java.awt section of the SCJA exam is right here:

Understanding the Differences between Swing and AWT components Lightweight vs. Heavyweight

Okay, I won't say everything you need to know is there, but it certainly is the basics.

You don't need to know about every single class in the swing and awt packages. What you need to know is what they are used for (GUI/Desktop programming), why there are two different packages (Swing vs. AWT), how one is dependent upon the other and why (Swing is dependent upon AWT), and why one is called Heavyweight, and the other is called Lightweight.

Remember, SCJA isn't about real in depth syntax, it's about real in depth Java, but at a high level. It's the only exam that will throw a question at you about EJBs and JMS, and then follow it up with a question on Swing or MIDlets.

Best of luck. I hope that page helps (There's alot of Applets on it. It may actually bring your OS to a crawl).

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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Hello Cameron,

Thanks for quick reply.
actually, unknowingly i kept the same question which the other ranch member did. as i already have gone thru that page which is really helpful.

additionally, what i would like to know is about all other packages...i know what they are for...in a single line...do i need to know more??

and in section 7: client technologies,
objective says...describe benefits,drawbacks, deployment issues related to create fat-client using applets and swing.

this info i couldn't find anywhere?

can you please provide any light on this for me??

still i am 50-50 for this exam...in just two weeks.

thanks for understanding.

anu
 
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heh...you mean you can't find any drawbacks to using applets?

Not all browsers support them....they can take a long time to download...too many on a page can crash a browser...There are plenty of problems with applets, which probably explains why they're not used that often.

Benefits? They can be distributed in a browser...Write once, run anywhere...brwoser just needs a plugin...can run with a variety of configurable sandbox restrictions.

Maybe you can ask the benefits/drawback question in the applet forum - or even search it. You'll probably get loads of feedback.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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hello,

i have exam tomorrow.
i am like 50:50
after all the preparation, gone thru mock exam at www.scja.com...the results are very very poor in client and server technologies.

so crossfingers....

cheers
 
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Hello,

i passed the exam with 74%.
being completely new to java, i was really not confidient.
but it really gave me a boost.

i didn't buy any products other than head first java.
but all online mock exams helped me a lot specially, cameron's www.scja.com.

thanks a lot for all tips.

cheers
 
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Fantastic. I was thinking about you taking the exam today.

Congratulations. I'm glad my online exams could contribute to your success.

-Cameron
 
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