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hello Developer:nx

Erwin Bredford
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i just passed scjp1.4
and i would like to do the developer
i would like to know
how difficult it is.
and how marketable in the u.sit is cos
over here in nigeria scjd is not that marketable
cos few companies can pay for it .most people
are into V.B(cheats)
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Chinedu,
Congratulations on passing the SJCP.
I cannot answer your second question as I am not from the USA.
The first question - it is quite challenging, however as long as Sun do not force you to buy both the assignment and the exam simultaneously (this seems to very from country to country) you can just get the assignment and complete it at your leisure (there was one person recently who had taken 3 years to work on the assignment). So you can do the bits you are comfortable with, and then learn up on the bits you aren't comfortable with. And you can take time off to work on other topics if you want to.
The things you are likely to need to know for the assignment are:
  • GUI design, particullarly Swing.
  • Network design, either RMI or sockets
  • Threads, and concurrent locking of records

  • As well, you will have to be able to follow someone else's (Sun's) coding standards, and you will have to be able to write clear, maintanable OO code.
    It is recommended that you know and use some design methods (e.g MVC) (although people have passed with good scores without this).
    You can get heeps of help in this forum, so you can easily start the assignment, and ask for help whenever you get stuck - depending on what you ask, you may get pointers to the next step, right through to code critiques.
    Good luck if you decide to do this.
    Regards, Andrew
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