Hi,There I want to take the SCJP,but I don't know how to prepare it.From the website,I know many presons got hight marks.Could you tell me how to find good books? Could you tell me that what are RHE, Khalid and JLS ? Thanks Mack
<shameless-plug>Buy the Java 2 Exam Cram book by me! But only if you are pretty familiar with Java already and just want to cram for the exam.</shameless-plug> Seriously - take some of the many mock exams to evaluate how close you are to being able to pass the real exam. Bill
Mack, Here is my recipe for SCJP. Step 1 - Read more details about certification program from Sun's website. You will also get information about how to register. Step 2 - If you are an experienced Java programmer, read one or two certification guides. The Bunk house has a list of books also covering a couple of Certification guides. You can also use the Search facility to read older messages about other popular certification guides. If you are new to Java, you should first read a couple of Java programming books before diving in. Also get Java Language Specification(JLS), JDK and Java API Documentation from Sun's website.They are free Step 3 - Come here often. Try to answer questions posted by others. Get a feel for your strong and week areas. Get inspired by dozens of people who get certified every day. Listen to their experiences and valuable tips! Step 4 - Take the Mock exams. They are free!. Java Ranch has a List of mock exam sites and here is another excellent list compiled by Chitra. Step 5 - When you start scoring consistently above say, 85% take the exam. Ofcourse, if you want to score a very high percentile, see that you reach there when you do the mock exams.
Hope this helps, and Good luck! Ajith
Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Mr. Brogden, why SO MUCH errata in the book? Did you proof it before final release? (Mistakes both silly and major!) Also considering how the Roberts-Heller "Java 2 Certification Study Guide" is definitive in terms of items tested on the exam, why does your book include additional info not covered in Roberts-Heller's? I mean Mr. Simon Roberts after all led the team that developed the questions for the exam and one would think that HE would know what's on it, yes? Considering how we, the customers, catch so many of these errors, should we not be entitled to a rebate of sorts? You know, like a proof-reader's discount?
Well, if you're going to compare to Roberts and Heller, you should at least take a look at their errata. William's list doesn't look quite so long now, does it? At least he's being diligent about posting the errors - it's not as though Jaworski and Boone don't have any mistakes, but you won't find an online list of them anywhere. Don't make William regret putting the list up - it's useful. The truth is, most all technical books have a lot of errors that never get caught. Brogden and RHE just have a large pool of beta testers diligently pointing them out. Now, I don't have a copy of Exam Cram myself, so I can't really address questions of its quality relative to RHE. But it seems to me that it's targeted at a different audience - those who already know Java pretty well, and just need a quick refresher before the exam. RHE on the other hand is a thicker book, which is good if you need more work on the fundamentals, but more tedious if you already know the simpler stuff. Plus, the author is here giving out high-quality help for free. Why give him a hard time?