I'm a SCJP 2 (1.3). The new exam I understand covers 1.4. Is this a required exam to remain keep certification "current"? And if so, what new books do the ranch hands recommend for study and review? Thanks, Tim
Timothy Stone, MIT, SCJP
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Howdy, With the release of the new 1.4 exam, there *is* another much shorter version -- an 'upgrade' exam -- that you can take if you already have an earlier SCJP certification (so it's made just for folks like you : ) However, certifications are considered current for two years, so if it's been less than two years since you received yours, you don't have to take the 'upgrade' exam yet. And since you are already certified, there is *no* reason to take the full exam, except for fun ; ) The upgrade exam covers a range of key things from anywhere in the full exam objectives (just to make sure you've still got your overall java chops) and then covers the new stuff, which in this case is pretty easy: assertions, more on Collections, a bit stronger on hashCode and equals. Everything you'd need for those new topics is either somewhere on javaranch or on Sun's site (or the API), so you shouldn't have to buy a new book. However, there *is* a lovely new certification book for Java 1.4, which looks quite smart on your bookshelf, so if you're just dying for a place to spend that Amazon gift certificate... Find out more in the Book Review forum Cheers, Kathy [the fact that I co-authored that book has absolutely no bearing on my recommendations. no, really. seriously.