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New Java 2 Certification Guide

 
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I just got my "Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide with Cdrom, 2nd Edition" in the mail.
It was only released this September for publication. So it is literally hot off the presses. I really don't know the differences between this one and the 1st edition, but I had a $10 off coupon for B&N so I used it.
Sorry about not buying from one of our sponsers and supporting the site. I do that whenever I can, however, I did have that coupon. It's too bad we don't have something with Barnes&Noble, they have an excellent selection of technical books.
Anyway, I've put off certifying long enough. There will never be enough time, so bite the bullet and make it happen! That's what I say.
The CD, that comes with the book, has an interactive practice test program on it. Haven't used it yet, but I'll let you know how it looks.
We're getting ready to start using new technologies in our shop and I want to be ready to use Java. It will be hard to introduce without some level of competence in the skill set.
 
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Barnes and Noble says that if we go with them, then we can go with no other. Pretty snooty!
 
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The big boys like to play that way. My way or the highway!
I also have noticed they're the only one with this book offered, and I placed my order months ago knowing it wouldn't publish until September. Amazon still doesn't have it. I wonder if they (b&n) snagged exclusive distribution for it. I've heard they're using that tactic to squeeze out Amazon, leveraging their retail chain's buying power to strong arm publishers into only selling to them.
Sounds a bit like Microsoft's modisoperandi. (sp?)
That's the way of big business it seems... kill everyone that can eat you, eat everyone you kill.
 
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When the new Harry Potter books came out a few years ago, didn't amazon do some of that?
 
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Originally posted by Ray Marsh:
That's the way of big business it seems... kill everyone that can eat you, eat everyone you kill.


i thought microsoft's modus operandi was 'eat everything and then rebrand the regurgitated result'
 
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Amazon does have the book listed now. Maybe they just added it, but I'm thinking I saw it a few weeks ago. Note that it's just listed as "Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide" -
they don't include "with CD-ROM" as part of the title, but the book description does mention the CD-ROM, and the picture is the same one that Barnes & Noble uses. I'm guessing it was listed all along.
 
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I was only able to find the 1st edition, the same one we have in our bunk house.
Now I see the new one. Maybe we should add it to the book list. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0782128254/o/qid=971120074/sr=8-2/ref=aps_sr_b_1_4/103-8058495-4071820
 
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The preface to the second edition stated that the SCJP2 exam was completely re-written, mid 2000, no doubt due to dis-honest people sharing real test questions. It also stated that the composition of the test stayed the same. I'd heard rumors of the objectives changing slightly to include some questions from other categories, but the book made no reference to that. Just that all the quetions are new.
I don't know if that makes this 2nd edition more valuable or not. Seems to me that if you understand the concepts and know the rules you'll be OK.
The CD does have a 150 questions that can be randomly mixed in groups of 50 to resemble a real test. That sounds interesting. I'll wait until I've covered some more ground before I grind my techno-geek ego to a pulp!
 
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