I just cleared SCJP2 with 84%. Can I know how much time should be required to prepare for the SCJD exam. And how to begin on this. I mean what all books can I use as input. Is it possible to clear SCJD in 1 month preparation. Regards, Raj
Most of the posts I read are saying in the neighborhood of 120 hours to complete the project, and after having done so, there is not a lot of prep required for the follow-up exam. In terms of items needed to prepare, well, there are a LOT of posts around here about that....just look around and you'll find more than a few suggestions. In my view, these are personal opinions and your best bet is to sit down and evaluate where you are strong and where you are weak in terms of what will be required of you for the project. Then, ask advice or do your own research about specific topics (i.e. what is a good book on Swing...there was this exact question just recently on this forum).
Since there's no hard time limit to the assignment portion, I would suggest getting it asap. It will give you a chance to review the instructions and requirements. You can review the provided code and start the analysis/design from that point. If you're weak in certain areas, you can catch up on them along the way. Don't feel that you have to start coding the moment you download the assignment. Scope it out thoroughly. Remember, design phase should be as long as your implementation phase (maybe longer). There probably won't be too many iterations for this assignment. A good design will ensure a good mark on the assignment and will make things easier on the written exam.
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