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Arno Reper
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Hi,
I was normally planning to do the scja cert but people told me its wasn't a good idea because i already am a scjp...so i was asking me if scjd could be reachable for me. I mean, im an it-student and i 'only' made some java games lol
Could you resume me what scjd exactly is?
I read a bit on sun site but you are studying it, so you are the best for answering me.
thx
arno
ps: soooo warm, hot, burny, ... today...
[ July 19, 2006: Message edited by: Arno Reper ]
 
Barry Gaunt
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Hi Arno,
this is from our "Frequently Asked Questions":

The current assignment provides you with a data file, an interface you must implement in order to work with that file, and some software specifications telling you what your application must do.

To complete this assignment you must:

* Write a class which implements the specified interface - this will give you (and Sun's automated testing programs) a way of accessing and modifying the database.

* Write a server application which will provide remote access to this data file. This must be written using either RMI or Serialized Objects over Sockets.

* Write a GUI client which uses JTables and other swing components to provide a way of updating an individual field in the data file.

* Provide both user documentation and programmer documentation (javadoc) for everything you submit.

If you are doing all this everyday in your normal job then you may find this a very simple exercise, and may be able to complete it in under a month full time.

Very few people do every single one of those tasks every single day, so it is more realistic to look at a minimum of 6 - 8 weeks of work at 40 hours per week.

Most candidates use this assignment as a learning exercise, picking up techniques and using APIs that they do not normally deal with. They also take the time to try different ways of accomplishing a given task to see which one works better / is easier to understand / is easier to maintain / is more interesting. This is the way that I would recommend people approach this assignment - it will prove more interesting, and you will get more out of it. But then you may find that doing the assignment may take longer as you explore different facets.

A few candidates are only doing the assignment for the certificate at the end - sometimes a requirement for a job. It is not unheard of for such a person to get the bare minimum done in a couple of weeks (and get a very low pass mark).


It would be an ideal project for a student given you have enough time to spend on it.
 
Arno Reper
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Hi,
Whats the best book to read and to study, i mean to have an 'avant-gout', an idea of what it is? Andrew's one?
nice FAQ's , very helpfull...
ps: thx for your answer

[ July 19, 2006: Message edited by: Arno Reper ]
 
Barry Gaunt
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Yes, Andrew's Book would be ideal (I really did buy a copy myself). Take a look at this Sample Chapter.

I would advise you to get the book before ordering the assignment from Sun. If you decide it's going to be too much for you, then you can always sell the book, but you cannot sell the assignment like you can a voucher.

But, on the other hand, getting the SCJD certification as a student will certainly "wow" some prospective employers.
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Arno Reper
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wow...lol but do you think a student could handeld that? i 'll buy this book then but i won't sell it after ( im like a book maniac... )
 
Jeroen T Wenting
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Students certainly have enough time to put into it between beers
 
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