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Vim Shir
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Hello,

Could you please recommend me some books to study for the developer's exam.

Appreciate your response!

Thanks.
 
Saheed Adepoju
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The book by Mehran Habibi. My one and only recommended reading material. Good luck and DONT forget to read past threads on this forum. Good luck.
 
Jeff Bosch
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Beware that the Habibi book is FULL of errors. Good book as long as you're on your toes.

I would recommend instead Beginning Java Objects: From Concept to Code by Jaqui Barker, in which you will learn to take a requirements document (such as your assignment), analyze it from the OOP paragigm, then build the code. This book also has a fair number of errors, but they're more like typos in the body of the text, rather than the coding and other more-important errors in the Habibi book.

If you can afford both, the investment may be worthwhile.
 
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Thanks for your responses.

How about this book? Is this book more for programmer's study guide or does it also include the complete developer's exam study guide.

"Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates"

Thanks again!
 
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That book is geared MUCH more toward the SCJP. It is an excellent book, but not for the developer exam. It does have a good chapter on javadoc if you are not familiar with it though.
 
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Hi everyone,

Vim - you might want to look at the JavaRanch SCJD Reading List for some ideas.

I strongly recommend The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4. This will take you through all the concepts and techniques needed for the assignment.

The Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 is mainly geared at the SCJP candidates, with several chapters at the end for SCJD candidates. Kathy & Bert's book is not aimed at teaching how to complete the assignment. Rather, these chapters attempt to explain the reasoning behind different areas of the certification, and give you plenty of things to think about when doing the assignment (including some things you might not have thought of).

Originally posted by Jeff Bosch:
Beware that the Habibi book is FULL of errors. Good book as long as you're on your toes.


Personally I haven't noticed that many errors. There are instances where the book deliberately deviates from the assignment (as all such books must). And there have been discussions in this forum where various alternatives have been discussed to the solutions presented in the book (as is always the case when several programmers discuss any issue).

There is an errata page for this book (one of the nice things about Apress books is that they require an errata page from their authors).

I am sure Max would love to hear from you if you feel that there are more errors. Any errors can be added to the errata page and help future readers.

Regards, Andrew
 
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Hi Vim,

For comments from the authors of the two books you asked about, you might want to look at the topic "Is Max Habibi's book enough?"

Regards, Andrew
 
Jeff Bosch
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From Andrew:
There is an errata page for this book (one of the nice things about Apress books is that they require an errata page from their authors).

I am sure Max would love to hear from you if you feel that there are more errors. Any errors can be added to the errata page and help future readers.


I downloaded the errate page and corrected my printing accordingly. However, I found about 50 additional errors. I'm not talking about "I'd do it differently" errors, either, because I don't count that type of thing as an error. I reported about half of the errors I'd found, none of which were on the errata sheet, using A-Press's errate reporting requirements. I never heard back from them.

Maybe Max would appreciate hearing about the errors, but apparently either A-Press or their system would rather not. I'm still using the book, but I confirm anything important before I believe it.
[ February 01, 2005: Message edited by: Jeff Bosch ]
 
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Originally posted by Jeff Bosch:


Maybe Max would appreciate hearing about the errors


I really would Jeff: can you send them to me, or post them here?

Thanks,
M
 
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By the way, Max, when will your cert. book SCDJWS release?

Lots of people are interesting in your upcoming book, including me even I passed the exam already.

Nick
 
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Hi, Max -

It's been about six months since I posted my list and I've since changed jobs. I'll have to look through my archives to see if I can find the list. If I can find it I'll send it to you or post it; if not, I'll try to reconstruct it but quite honestly I'm up to my ears in projects. I know the level of errors varies by printing so it's possible that others have reported the same errors and that they were fixed in subsequent printings.
 
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Originally posted by Jeff Bosch:
Hi, Max -

It's been about six months since I posted my list and I've since changed jobs. I'll have to look through my archives to see if I can find the list. If I can find it I'll send it to you or post it; if not, I'll try to reconstruct it but quite honestly I'm up to my ears in projects. I know the level of errors varies by printing so it's possible that others have reported the same errors and that they were fixed in subsequent printings.


As they say in the seafood biz "Fish or cut bait".
 
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