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SCJD confusion and clarification..

 
Saheed Adepoju
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Hi all
I just passed my SCJP today with 72% and i am very pleased to say i wuld like to move up to this forum ASAP. I am presently in my final year so i dont wanna mix SCJD assignment with school work..(Pls let me know what u guys think.. i hear there isnt any deadline on the assignment..). I had done Java for about a year and i know about the following topics:

1) GUI designs(Using swings.. and manually setting components that is i dont use any of the layouts)..

2) JDBC: I know how to connect and retrive result sets from Databases.
3) I know how to work with file and some other things...


My question
a) Do i go ahead and buy the voucher and download since it doesnt expire and work on it while less busy @ school?

b)What are the GUI designs like? JMenus and stuff like that included?
c)Is JDBC part of the assignment(Sun's website confuses me about that..)
d) Locking and .. others i dont seem to FULLY understand..

Pls anyone that would clear my confusion on my questions on SCJD wuld highly be appreciated.. and explain things a lot clearer than the sun site..plzzz. Thank u all.

Saheed.
SCJP 1.4
 
Jared Chapman
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Hi Saheed,

Congratulations on passing the SCJP!

To answer your questions (IMO):

1. GUI designs - the requirements are the use of Swing components, and a JTable. I would recommend getting used to the Layout Managers - they are very useful when you get the hang of them.

2. JDBC - you are not allowed to use JDBC in this assignment. Your database interaction will be performed using a RandomAccessFile (that's what the majority of people seem to be using).

3. If you have the money and want to download the assignment now, then go for it! But I would not personally recommend it. I know that when I was a computer science major at the University of Wisconsin (not too long ago), I would've never had the necessary time to spend on this certification. If I were you, I would buy a copy of "The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4" by Mehran Habibi, Jeremy Patterson, and Terry Camerlengo. This book is an invaluable resource while preparing for the exam, and IMO is the only book you need to buy. Max Habibi himself often participates in this forum!

I know how tempting it is to run out and download the certification and jump right into it - that's exactly what I did. But you will save yourself a lot of time and headaches in the long run if you properly prepare yourself for it, first. Buy the book. It explains everything you need to know about the test, and even provides an entire example program.

Whatever you decide to, good luck!
 
Inuka Vincit
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I definitely recomend that you download SCJD and learn as you go. I am working on my MS. thesis as I am working on SCJD as well. Once you get going, and figure out the design its not that difficult. Whats hard about SCJD is not realy the coding, its breaking the design down and then testing it. So make sure you get your design patterns and software engineering stuff brushed up because it definitely helps.

b)What are the GUI designs like? JMenus and stuff like that included?
The design is completely upto you the only thing you must have is a JTable. Using layout managers are highly recomended since it makes a good GUI design

c)Is JDBC part of the assignment(Sun's website confuses me about that..)
no, sorry not short cuts

d) Locking and .. others i dont seem to FULLY understand..
Honestly I learned the most by downloading the assignment and reading this forum and past threads. Whenver you come across a problem search the older discussions or post a new thread if you cant find the info your looking for. I learned more by doing that than any of the SCJD books out there(I have Max's book).
[ October 27, 2004: Message edited by: Inuka Vincit ]
 
peter wooster
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Its great to get started on this, but beware, it's close to a full time job for several weeks, maybe months, depending on just how much of a perfectionist you are.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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