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bob dapaah
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This a reply I've recieved from a person at Sun in response to a question regarding the use of the 1.4.1 SDK. I realise that this subject is also discussed in other threads but there is a lot of ambiguity and contradictory quotes from Sun. Some show Sun supporting 1.4.1 and others not. Here is my respose from Sun UK:


Looking at the info on the US site for certification wrt developer it states
that the candidate must be certified to Java 1.2 status this would imply that
the developer certification does not yet embrace Java 1.4.x Thus Assertions,
NIO etc are out.


Has anyone got a more iron-clad answer to this question?
 
Brian Blignaut
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My spec states that you can use any production version of the JDK. Which to me means that you can use the 1.4 JDK. It also states that you must put which version of the JDK you used in your README.txt file. To quite honest though, I don't see the need to use any of the 1.4 features in the assignment.
 
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Well, if you can't use 1.4 then people who bought "The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4" are gonna be Very Unhappy. Seriously, I doubt that APress would publish the book is they hadn't chaeked with Sun about the use of 1.4 for the current exam, since that's the topic of the book.
 
bob dapaah
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Ordinarily I would agree but the posts I've seen from people whoo have contacted Sun seem to disagree on this point. Sun seems to change i'ts position on this constantly (if the number of contradictory posts is to be believed).
 
bob dapaah
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Just got this from sun:

I have received another reply to you question -
The assignment includes specific instructions about the version of JDK
an assignment must run with. We don't care what you write it with, but
it must run under a reasonably current production version of JDK. If
you're going to test it on something recent, you might as well write it
with something recent.
>
> There are currently no restrictions on what "libraries" you may use,
but I know that the examiners will find it easier to mark if people use
the longer standing, more familar, features. Of course, making it
easier to mark will not affect the final grade, but suffice to say that
you probably shouldn't add any kind of complexity or unfamiliarity
without a reason.
There are no formal restrictions on use of new APIs like NIO.

 
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Read the FAQ in the link above, it has already been addressed. Max's book is fine
Mark
 
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Just to clarify: here is what the Senior Director of Sun's Educational services has to say about the matter.
All best,
M, author
The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4
 
bob dapaah
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Thanks for all your answers. I'm finally convinced
I've bought the SCJD book written by Max Habibi(which is very good) and was concerned that I might not be able to use some of the 1.4 related features described there.
Thanks again.
Bob
 
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