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all i can say is that I'm 19, and for me passing the SCJP2 at this age, I'm proud enough.
BTW, congrats on passing at 14. Impressive!
19 years ago
Suprisingly, it only took two weeks to the day!
I went to the post office box, wanting it to be there, but figuring I needed at least another week or two, and there was a slip saying something was too big to fit in the mailbox.
Im so glad that it was the Certification, and not some big document from the IRS. lol
Travis B.
19 years ago
Oh yes I know this. (Love the pin BTW)
I plan on filling out the logo permission form tonite!
Thanks for clearing up that problem Corey
Travis B.
19 years ago
Hey all,
I just got my certification in the mail.
I'm just checking to make sure that we DON'T get a Membership card or SCJP2 card like you get with MCPs or OCPDBA right?
If we do, that's great, but I didn't recieve one.
Travis B.
19 years ago
void won't work like that. One of Java's rules that have changed since C++.
if you call a method
b.method(void)
compilier will throw Invalid Term
if you put it in as argument like you want, the compiler is still looking for a argument. But when I put (void g) in the method declaration, it threw an error saying argument cannot be type void.
So apparently, it has great difference between leaving it blank (), and putting in void (void g)
Hope this helped,
Travis B.
19 years ago
Hi,
Even though Im a Java head, Im looking into some Microsoft certs as well. I noticed that the test 70-216 is linked to every M$ cert. MCP, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSA, MCSE, blah blah blah.
anyways, I said to myself, "Self, one test counting towards 5 certs seems like a good deal"
But after doing a little research at work and online, I find that the 216 is called the "Beast" due to it being the hardest M$ test out there. It's also been compared to be harder than CCNA tests. But no one has compared it to any Java test. hmmmm......
My question is for anyone who's taken both of these tests. 216 and SCJP2. It doesn't matter if you passed them or not, I just want to know your opinion of which was harder.
All help is appreciated,
Travis B.
19 years ago
Val's mock is wonderful, but its much tougher than real exam. I still recommend it, but if your looking for the best mock that is closest to real exam, I and many others stick with the Marcus Green tests (3 of them).
Travis B.
if your having a bad time just understanding or remembering Java concepts, check out "Learn Java 2 in 24 hours" or "Learn Java 2 in 21 days". They won't be enough to get you certified, but it is a wonderful book for beginners. It sets you in stages.
Hope this helps,
Travis B.
19 years ago
Hey all,
well after about 6 months of hardcore studying, and failing the test on May 1st by ONE POINT!!, I have finally passed the SCJP2 exam with 77% by far, more than I expected or hoped for. I'd been happy for 61% after that torture two weeks ago. But I'm totally happy with 77%. Im just don't know what to say(even though I've said alot already)
I'd like first thank all the people here at the Ranch, who without your help and advice, I'd been lucky to get 40%. Specialy thanks to Marcus Green, Valentin, Corey, Rob, and all others who've given me advice.
Since I didn't use JQ+ I can't really sing its praises, but I know it helps many. But the thing that helped me these final weeks was Vel's notes and Valentin's mock. I printed them both out and went over them alot.
Now for the exam breakdown:
I panicked within the first 20 questions because about 10 of them were IO, which I studies less on.
But I was well prepared this time for the attack of Thread questions.
Test Analysis:
Declarations and access control = 75%
flow control and exception handling = 100%
garbage collection(Just one question. I figured I missed it)= 0%
Language Fundamentals = 77%
Operators and Assignments = 85% (was 57%)
Overloading, Overidding, etc, etc = 71% (was 48%)
Threads = 71% (was 42%)
java.awt = 100%
java.lang = 100%
java.util = 100% (was 0%!!!)
java.io = 40%
To people going for exam, focus on your Threads/IO first, then goto Overloading and the collections. then everything else just fits together.
Well I'll be around still. Not sure where I'm going, but I'll be going in style!
Travis B.
19 years ago
Hi,
I'm taking my test in approx. 4 hours. Im trying to pull out all the stops.
Can anyone tell me how hard the test you took within this last week.
Also, did you pretty much understand it or was it alot of ambiguous questions?
More thread or IO?
These are the things that haunt me just hours before the test. (yay.)
All help is appreciated,
Travis B.
19 years ago
well if you have no experience to show for it, then which would you think would be better chance at getting foot in door.
Saying you've studied java for some odd months and you are looking for your first job, or a certification that says you KNOW java enough to be an elite member in the IT field, and you are looking for your first job.
Experience is a great thing to have, and possibly better than a cert. But if you have neither, best chance is to get the cert, to get the experience.
Hope this helps,
Travis B.
I agree with you on the fact about checked exceptions, but that is an IF case. IF it happens, then you need try/catch.
I think D was just testing you on your knowledge of if try exist withour catch.
Anyways, this question,wherever it was found. I deem it too ambiguos for my studying habits. The question could have (and should have) been laid out much better. As far as asking for one answer, Karen, does it actually ask for just one? many mock exams, including Marcus Green, will not tell you how many to choose. You must decide that for yourself.
Hope this helped,
Travis B.


Original post by Eduard Manas:
D is FALSE because if you have a code that throws an exception then you must have catch to catch that exception. You cannot replace it with a finally block.


You can do that OR just put "throws" in the method declaration.
But You can however have a try/finally block that is lacking catch{}
public class TryMe {
public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
try {
int i = 0;
}
finally {
System.out.println("No catch needed");
}
}
}
also you can do it without the throws
public class TryMe {
public static void main(String args[]) {
try {
int i = 0;
}
finally {
System.out.println("No catch needed");
}
}
}

It can be try/catch, try/catch/finally, or try/finally.
D was stating that it can never be just try alone, which is true.
Hope this helps,
Travis B.
Alright guys. This thread was almost dead, but I'm bringing it back to life to say something.
Its Round 2 of Travis vs. SCJP2 exam on Tuesday.
All seats (just one, mine) are sold out. There is no Pay-per-view. It's just man versus compiler.
I intend to bite it's ear off!
Wish me well,
Travis B.
19 years ago
Hi Brock,
welcome to JavaRanch. great choice on new skill.
I, like you, came from the Web Development field before entering Java. I had been designing sites for about two years. Programming experience was limited to a month of trying Visual Basic (I hated it)
I wanted to start studying for the exam right off the bat too, but before studying you have to learn it. I recommend picking up Thinking in Java like Jose said, but don't limit yourself to just one book. Heck no.
Go get Sams Java in 21 days, Beginning Java 2, and the Complete Guide to Java 2 Certification(which on this site we refer to it as the RHE)
This should take you from two months, to however long you want to learn it. It can be quite facsinating. Then move on to a more advanced book like A Programmer's guide to Java Certification (Mughal's Book)
After you get you hands dirty with that, then start studying for the test. Pick up an Exam Cram by Bill Brogden.(if you can find one. The company that makes them went out of business) Also, invest about $18 i think in a JQ+ mock test software. I haven't used one, because lack of funds (ok im dirt poor) but I hear they are the way to go. I wish I had one. Most people here will sing its praises. Don't forget the mock exams in all of the books you pick up.
Then just take free mock tests up the ying yang until you take the real exam. Free mock tests that I personally recommend is Jxam, Mughal's mock, the 3 Marcus Green mocks, and of course, Val's Mock. (don't be mad if you do bad on JQ+ or Val's mock. JQ+ is harder than real exam, and Val is like a human compiler. Much Respect Val)
Anyways, to make a long story longer, the road to the SCJP cert can be very tough. But if you can stick with it, and don't give up, you'll make it.
Oh, and of course your road will go much more smoothly if you use this site. You won't find another site anywhere like it. The people are helpful, we are all looking to know more, and Java Ranchers stick together! (applaud now!)
Hope my babbling helped,
Travis B.
P.S.> JavaRanch! Pray to the Java Gods! I take SCJP test tuesday the 21st! Burn some Microsoft book to appease the Sun Java Gods! lol