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suresh seeram
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Dear Friends,
Yesterday I cleared the SJCP2.. I want to prepare for Developer's programmer.. I heard that it is very tough compare to other Sun's Certification..
I don't have any prior hand's on experience on java.. I have done small code for core java(that is for JCP) and little knowledge in servlet and JSp..
I am afraid of this exam. because it contains....essay questions..
Based on my prior knowledge..
How long it take to prepare for this exam...
thanks in advance.
regards,
Suresh
 
Peter den Haan
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Given your level of experience, count on 3-5 weeks fulltime work (120-200 hours). After certification you are likely to be a much better developer. The essay questions should not worry you at all; they verify that you did the assignment yourself. If you didn't cheat, they will be very simple.
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james hoskins
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hi suresh,
i passed my SCJP a couple of weeks ago, and like you have no development experience. i spent a week or so looking at various books and websites trying to get a feel for the best way to tackle this exam. in the end i decided the best thing for me would be to get an overall feel for the development process as well as concentrating exclusively on Developer Certification. In practice, this means that I am looking at some of the objectives for the Architect exam, reading up on UML and design patterns.
I have found the Roberts, Heller and Ernest Complete Java 2 book to be a usefull introduction to the exam particularly in highlighting the different design choices you can make and their respective strengths and weaknesses. This seems to me to be an essential part of preparing for the essay exam. From what I read on these pages, it seems if you are confident of you design choices and can justify them compared with the other options then the essay is a relatively easy exercise.
As Peter says above, after getting through this thing we should be much better developers which is a profoundly cheering thought.
best of luck,
james.
 
Dave McCarthy
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I passed my SCJP in mid June. The first week in September I downloaded and began my project. I too had no "real world" experience. To date the only thing left to do with remote access is to code a thread on the server to check the times at which records were locked in order to remove stale locks. I'm using an adpater pattern to either connect remotely or locally. I have my client fully functional with the server at the moment, and I don't think local mode will pose much of a challenge at this point.
I will say though that along with way I hit lots of bumps, so to speak, but all in all it has been quite a learning and rewarding experience.

cheers,

Dave
 
suresh seeram
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Hi Peter, James and Dave,
Thanks for your valuable suggestions and for sharing your experience... Now I am inspired from all of you and I will start studying for Developers exam..
Can you briefly expalin what they will cover in Developers Exam..
Can you please give me the Good links for This exam..
Thanks in advance,
regards,
Suresh
 
Dave McCarthy
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When I started out with the whole thing I too wanted books to read. I quickly learned that the whole "book thing" wasn't such a good idea as one book will definately not cover all you need to know. I had the "Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide" which has some usefull reading on the Developer certification in the second half. Other than that most of my reading came from http://java.sun.com/docs/ . I did go to a few books when it came to JTables, coudln't get enough reading on that. I found a few good pdf files online about jtables and design patterns in general as well. I don't have the links for these anymore and there is no reference to them within the files (that I could see). I just went to google.com and did searches on "jtable" and "java design".
Good luck.
Dave
 
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