Originally posted by arch correa:
let me introduce myself. my name is archana and i've been a silent spectator to
the discussions at javaranch. i came upon this grrrreeaaaat site by chance, and
boy, am i glad i did !!!
i passed with 71% today. not a great score as some we see, but not bad either.
what say ??
ok, now about the exam itself.
it wasn't too tough. i'd probably rate it around 7 (with 10 being toughest)
like every1 b4 me said, the language is good, no tricky stuff. it's also quite
similar to marcus green's mock tests.
time is more than enuf, i finished in 40 min (i am a voracious reader, so my speed is real good, even otherwise) and then took another 25-30 min to review and scratch my head over some thread questions. i still had time to spare, but i ended the test
with 20 min to spare, coz i couldn't think any more.
there were lots of questions on threads, io, overloading/overriding, loops, etc
here is the breakup of topic wise questions
declarations and access control - 4
flow control & exception handling- 6-7
garbage collection- 1
language fundamentals- 7-8
operators and assignments- 7-8
overloading, overriding....- 8-9
in threads, most of the questions were related to synchronization (wait, notify)
threads was my weak point (just 57%)
in IO, you definitely have to know the constructors very well. i studied this
from Complete Reference (Patrick Naughton), and i got 80%
i got 100% in awt and overloading/overriding.
in awt, you have to practice lots of codes, like add components using 1 layout, then change the layout (check some mock tests like abhilash's, they have very good questions on awt)
overloading/overriding questtons, language fundamentals, declarations, etc
i found to be very basic, and hardly took any time to finish these sections.
for loops, if u can crack the stuff in jawroski's applet, then the test will be a breeze.
util questions were very basic.
gc has just 1 question which i got wrong !!
another thing i noticed too, the questions come in the same order as the objectives.
so it's better to finish the first few sections as fast as u can, coz u're definitely
going to need time for threads and io
total prep time - 2 months (average 4 hrs a week, coz i'm married, and also working as a project lead on a java project, so lots of overtime + household chores to boot)
+ 3 days intensive prep b4 exam (approx 6-8 hrs daily for 3 days)
books i used :
1. RHE - i think this is sufficient
2. after 2 rounds of RHE, started with Complete Reference. this goes a lot deeper.
3. lots of notes i collected from the internet (Marcus Green, Jyoti Krishnan,
Raji Swami, Desboro, Dylan Walsh, Kai)
4. JLS (this is a must !!) made some of my own notes from JLS. i can post this if anyone needs it.
5. i did about 25 mock tests from maha anna's page. of these, about 17-18 in the
last 3 days b4 the exam. scores kept rising towards the last few tests.
6. for threads, i went thru the discussions on maha anna's page, the sun tutorial
(this is good too), and Complete Reference.
7. i played the rules round up at javaranch 3 times yest and once today and got 97% avg. it's the cutest way for a fast review of concepts!!
I wish to thank everyone at javaranch for all the help i got.
and I am really really grateful for having the sweetest in-laws, esp, my mom-in-law, who encouraged me a lot. my husband too is a s/w professional, but not a java guy.
he's more into VB and microsoft technologies, and we have a lot of fun debates on
java vs microsoft. i actually understood a lot of concepts clearly during these sessions, bcoz he kept asking me so many questions which i wouldnt even think of.
tmrw, i'm going to be joining my next job !! i'm going to be working on wap, wml, ejb, bluetooth.
i dont know if i should go for the developer or architect exams.
actually i dont know much about the architect exam. also, i heard sun has some sort
of certification for enterprise dev. can someone help me here ??
i hope my long long story is useful to atleast a few people.
thanks again everyone.
please feel free to ask any questions/doubts and if any1 needs my notes on JLS,
i'm off to celebrate !!