Originally posted by Quintin Stephenson:
You could pass, but don't count on a great score. Though I would not recommend it at all. My question to you would be how you would gain a feel of how things work (behavioral stuff that can only be gained by trying the code/principles out), their advantages and pitfalls for functionality in the java 5 specification only e.g. generics, enums, enhanced for loops etc.
You can have more that one JVM installation on you machine, so why not ask who ever (your boss, university admin people, system administrator) is in charge of the machine where you do have access if you/they can install java 5 to help you study and practice. If you can't gain access to a java 5 JVM then go for the java 1.4. As far as I'm aware all the other java exams after the SCJP don't require a prerequisite that the SCJP must be of a specific version.
Use this site and get a book or 2 like the one used by most of members on this site called 'SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5: Study Guide Exam' by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. I used 'Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide ' by Philip Heller and Simon Roberts only because I got the book before I found out about this great site, but is equally good.
Cheers and good luck
[ June 06, 2007: Message edited by: Quintin Stephenson ]
can you tell me one thing, just reading concepts in the books working 2-3 hours for 5 days in a week on the system is enough?