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Which study guide to use?

 
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I have an old certification guide called "The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide" by Simon Roberts, Philip Heller and Michael Ernest which is more for the 1.2 exam than the 1.4 exam. I just want to know if it's necessary to buy a new guide.
 
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Welcome to the JavaRanch Kathy.
If your employer is willing to pay for a new book then I would say that it is necessary. If you have to pay for the book yourself, then I would say that it is optional. A lot of people passed the 1.4 certification before any of the new study guides were available. I'm sure that you can also. Just ignore the chapters on AWT and IO.
The difference between 1.2 and 1.4 is as follows.
The 1.4 exam removes the AWT and IO topics but adds assertions and a couple new classes in the collections framework--LinkedHashMap and LinkedHashSet. The wrapper classes and the Object.hashCode and Object.equals methods are further emphasized in 1.4.
Everything that you need to know about assertions is available in the document Programming with Assertions.
For more information, please see the objectives for the 1.4 version of the exam.
 
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And check the JavaRanch newsletter for articles on asserions. (Sept 2002 edition, I think.)
 
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Hi Kathy
Well I also have the same book you are reffering to and I am also planning to give the same new exam. Though i agree with Dan that the old book may be good for passing the exam but if possible I would sugeest that you get your hands on the Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates book. I also bought the book and to me its its worth the price. Also do give the mock exams and i would suggest the Dan's and Marcus Green's exams would be a great help. Though Dan questions are considered a little tougher that the actual exam. But the answers are provided alongwith a good explanation.
[ May 14, 2003: Message edited by: Anupam Sinha ]
 
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Thanks to everyone for the input.
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