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Hi all,
Is Thinking in Java 2nd Edition updated for Java 2. Please let me know if we have a new version if 2nd edition is not updated for Java 2. I have the PDF of 2nd Edition. Let me know.
And, for Certification, everybody is mentioning that we have to remember the constructors for classes, But should we also remember the syntax for some of the frequently used methods in those classes. I am asking this because there are numerous methods in all the classes. How to do. Let me know
thanks
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Hi Chandra,
Yes, Thinking in Java 2nd Edition is written for Java 2. It is an excellent book.
In regard to your second question...I think it is a little more important to know all of the constructors and their arguments as these come up most often (for I/O in particular), although for some classes, like Math, you will want to know the types that the different methods take as arguments and what they return.
It IS very important to know what the major methods for the classes covered do and when they should be used (all methods used with Threads, for example), and to be able to recognize which methods are available for which classes (for example, that the reverse() method is in the StringBuffer class but not in String...), even if you don't have all of the argument and return types in your head.
You will see as you do mock exams which ones come up a lot.
Hope that helps!
--liz
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Thinking in Java is an excellent book, I highly recommend it. It's not aimed at certification and you should have additional books for that purpose.
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That book is a masterpiece.
However the truth is not in a unique dream. Thus you could find interesting the online chapters of Inside the Java 2 Virtual Machine at artima.com.
 
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I posted a link to this thread in the "Book Review" forum, so others can see your opinions.
 
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Hi all,
It is great to see the replies of great people. I am very happy.
I have the following books for certification.
1. The Complete Java 2 Certification study guide (RHE)[ ofcourse old version]
2. Programmer's Guide to Java Certification (Khalid's book)
and
3. Java 2 Exam Cram ( Bill Brogden's book)

I also have some General books which I read previously and have as a reference.
1. Java 2 The Complete Reference
2. Java 2 How to program ( deitel)
and many books on specific and advanced topics.
I just wanted to know whether Thinking in Java is updated for Java 2 so that my reading won't go waste and I can ask questions on it. After posting my question I didn't want to hear somebody saying that it is not updated for Java 2.
I already know that it is an excellent book. But didn't have so much time to read it in addition to all these books. But I am referring some specific topics in that book.
Now my question( a very simple one).
In "Thinking in Java" the author in Page #105 in a tablular form,gave the list of primitive types and the size they occupy.
According to that table 'boolean' size is empty.
But in RHE( old version)page #8, he gave it as '1' bit as representation size. Which one of them is correct.
though in khalid's book he says it is empty.
Do you recommend new version of RHE for cert study.
thanks
Chandra!
 
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Watch out using old versions! The exam has changed since your version of RHE was printed. This will start to put doubts in your mind and distract your study if you find you are not studying the current objectives (eg working on applets instead of io!) In my opinion get the most up to date version.
Mughal & Rasmussen's is very thorough and detailed. I feel its put me in a position to finally to do the exam - however there are lots of errors (the book has been worked through in great detail by many paople studying for the exam so I suppose thats why all the errors have been picked up...) You'll need to download the Errata and take a while to correct your edition
All the best for your study
Jim
http://www.ii.uib.no/~khalid/pgjc/jcbook/errata.html
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Hi chandrashekar,
Sounds like you've got yourself a pretty decent Java library
Sun doesn't assign the 'boolean' type an integral value, it can only hold a 'true' or 'false' boolean literal. No 'size' is given for these and they do not correspond to 1 and 0 as they do in other languages.
Obviously, the literals must sit somewhere in memory so I'm not sure it's right to describe their size as 'empty'; more likely 'undefined' or 'no prescribed size'.
See JLS §4.2.5
RHE has an errata site site as well.
Hope that helps.
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Hi Chandra, my experience is a little bit identical to urs as reference to ur post....
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Chandra,
I am just curious, are u from UT-Arlington.
Kishore.
 
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Hi,
Kishore, I am not from UT-Arlington. sorry.
Ashik Uzzaman, cool dude. I see you all the time posting replies and clearing doubts. Keep up the good work.
Jane Griscti, thanks the errata. By 'empty' I meant blank. I didn't know it could be misleading as some keyword or something else.
I have two questions. As far as I have seen in the most recent edition of RHE, On page # 7 in the table 1.2, in the Effective Representation Size(bits) column, he gives the value for 'boolean' is '1' which according to our discussion and all other standard books is not correct. If that is incorrect, they must enter this detail in their errata. I checked the errata. It wasn't there.
While I was making corrections, I 'guess'[because I haven't seen the example clearly] I found one more 'typo'.
On page # 275 they mentioned one error on their errata page. But on the same page we have one more. On line # 2 of the code, there is no semicolon ';' at the end of line for
Map map = new TreeMap()
I am not sure if that I am pointing it out right. Because I didn't work on it. Thought one of you might have already seen it. So just asking if you can clarify this one also.
thanks
Jim Petersen, thanks for suggestions and info.
Marcus Green, thanks for your wholehearted work and encouraging all of us. I haven't done your mocks or read your tutorial yet. But will soon do it. I see the praise that everyone gives you.
thanks a lot.
Elizabeth Lester, thanks for the info.
Jose Botella, thanks for introducing me to a new site. I find it interesting.
Cindy Glass, thanks for your and all the Javaranch people out there for all your efforts.

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thanks
Chandrashekar!

[This message has been edited by chandrashekar munukutla (edited October 04, 2001).]
 
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