Sandeep Achar

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Recent posts by Sandeep Achar

Hello Ranchers,

Thanks to Kedar and Deepika for the compliments.


Deepika,

When I gave the SCJP way back in January 2004, I had also prepared from K&B. Even I did not have the CD that comes with K&B containing the final mock exam. So I guess it's OK as long as you do some mock exams.

The following are a few good mock exam sites
(1) www.javacertificate.com
(2) www.danchisholm.net
(3) www.jiris.com

You can get the complete list from Javaranch.

Just make sure you attempt as many mock exams as possible.

Wishing you the very best for your exam.

Stay cool and crack the exam...
15 years ago
Hello Ranchers,

Thanks to Meera, Bert, David and Amit for their compliments.

Amit,

I used to put in approx 6-8 hours of study per day.

Study Strategy....

I first went through HFEJB completely. Then I went for a second round reading of HFEJB concentrating more on topics I was not very comfortable with. Finally I went through Mikalai Zaiklin's study guide.

A day before the exam, I skimmed through HFEJB concentrating only on lifecycle diagrams, interfaces, etc.
15 years ago
Hello Ranchers,

Thanks to Tong, Peter, Narayanan, Sanju and Mikalai for their compliments.

Yohan,
HFEJB is the best possible book for a new comer to EJB. Go ahead and purchase the book. Believe me. It is worth it.
15 years ago
Hello Ranchers,

I cleared the SCBCD exam today. I scored 98% (69/70).

My total preparation time was 40 days.

I finished the exam in 1.5 hours. Time is not an issue in this exam.

I would like to thank Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for their wonderful book. You guys are the best...Looking forward to more books from your Head First Series.

I would also like to thank Mikalai Zaiklin for his concise and precise study guide.

HFEJB + Mikalai's notes were the only study material I referred. I think they are more than enough to get a good score.

Thanks to EJBCertificate.com for their wonderful exams. I had used javacertificate.com during my SCJP. You guys are getting better by the day.

Looking forward to some rest...

C'ya. Have a nice day. Bye.
15 years ago
Hello Ranchers,

What is the easiest way to get Mikalai Zaikin's SCBCD study guide into a format I can print without having to go through numerous html pages and printing them individually?
Hi Nritya,

After SCJP 1.4, you can opt for either of the 3 exams:

1. SCJD - Sun Certified Java Developer
2. SCWCD - Sun Certified Web Component Developer
3. SCBCD - Sun Certified Business Component Developer

SCJD will involve doing the design and implementation of a complete project by yourself and submitting that project to Sun. It will also involve a viva.

SCWCD will be a objective based test similar to SCJP. It will cover servlets, JSP etc.

SCBCD will also be a objective based test. It will cover EJB's.

Generally people prefer taking either the SCJD or the SCWCD after their SCJP based on what they are aiming for in terms of their career.

Personally I am planning to give SCBCD. I have already cleared the SCJP in January this year.

Have a nice day. Bye.
16 years ago
HI Abdullasm,
I think you got the last one wrong. It should read:
public is the least restrictive and private the most thats how they have been ordered in the sentence.
Hi Antoine,
As soon as you complete the exam, the score card is printed out and is given to you. This score card will have an objective wise split up. That is it will tell you how much percent you scored in each objective in addition to the final percentage.
Best of luck for the exam. Just remember to sleep well the night before.
Bye.
Tip 1
Here is my way of remembering which modifiers cannot go along with the modifier "abstract":

Abstract people
1. Do not like SSN numbers.
2. Do not like static (lazy) people
3. Do not like private (secretive) people
4. Do not like finals of any sport.

In technical terms it translates to

The modifier abstract cannot be used along with
1. Strictfp, Synchronized, Native
2. static
3. private
4. final


Tip 2
While preparing for SCJP, I made one simple table to remember the concept of static method overriding.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Superclass......Subclass........Compliles?......Polymorphism applies?
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Non-static......Non-static......Yes.............Yes
Non-static......Static............No................-
Static............Non-static......No................-
Static............Static............Yes..............NO
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Have a nice day. Bye.
[ March 01, 2004: Message edited by: Sandeep Achar ]
Hi Narasimha,
Layne is absolutely right. I ran the program and checked the output.
While preparing for SCJP, I made one simple table to remember the concept of static method overriding.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Superclass......Subclass........Compliles?......Polymorphism applies?
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Non-static......Non-static......Yes.............Yes
Non-static......Static............No................-
Static............Non-static......No................-
Static............Static............Yes..............NO
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Hope the above table helps.
Have a nice day. Bye.
[ February 18, 2004: Message edited by: Sandeep Achar ]
Hi Sriram,
Objects in Java are always placed on the garbage collectible heap no matter where they are declared.
Regards,
Sandeep
(SCJP 1.4)
Thanks to Dan and Swapna for their kind words.
Have a nice day. Bye.
Regards,
Sandeep
(SCJP 1.4)
17 years ago
Thanks to Vish, Thomas and Sanjay for their kind words of praise.
With regards to how I went about with my preparations, I made it a point to go through K&B thoroughly. It is a beautifully written book and is more than enough to get a good score in SCJP. However assertions is covered in much more depth in Khalid Mughal. After every chapter, give topic wise exam to measure your understanding of the topic. I used to give the topic wise exams on Javacertificate.com.
Write as much code as possible. My advice to people is DO NOT use an IDE. Take a simple notepad and start coding. Whenever you find a concept that you are not able to understand, write some code and check it out for yourself. That is the best way of preparing for the exam.
Finally after you have revised and re-revised make it a point to give Dan Chisholm's tests. There is a very good chance that you will not score above 80% in any of the tests. But do not get disheartened. Use the tests as an oppurtunity to understand the finer points of Java.
The more tests you give, the more confidence you get and that automatically translates to a good performance.
Some tips:
1. On the D-Day, stay cool.
2. Take plenty of rest the previous night. NO night outs.
3. Do not be in too much of a hurry to complete the test. Just make sure that you do not get stuck up in a particular question.
4. Do not think too much about the final score. Just take one question at a time.
5. Majority of the questions are fairly simple if you have practised well. Tell yourself this fact whenever you find a difficult question.
I think with good preparation and practice anyone can get a good score in SCJP.
Hope I have not bored you. Have a nice day. Bye.
Regards,
Sandeep
(SCJP 1.4)
17 years ago
Thanks to Yosi, David, Sriram and Bert for their kind words of praise.
Thanks David for the clarification on the Cert Manager.
Have a nice day guys. Bye.
17 years ago
Hi fellow Ranchers,
I gave the SCJP 1.4 exam today evening and scored 100% . I would like to thank the following people:
1. Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for the wonderful book
2. JavaCertificate.com for the wonderful site
3. Dan Chisholm for the thought provoking tests
I had been preparing for the exam since October 2003.
I used to study a chapter from K&B. Then give the test at the end of the chapter. And then give the chapter wise test in Javacertificate.com.
I revised K&B around 3 times.
I then gave the final certification exams on Javacertificate.com. I scored around 92%.
Finally I gave all the 20 final exams on Dan Chisholm's site. I never scored above 85% in any of them. However the tests did teach me not to get unnerved by difficult questions.
I took 1 hour and 57 minutes for completing the test. I had only 3 minutes for review.
The thread questions were dificult. I would advise people to surely take Dan Chisholm's individual topic wise exam on Threads. It was very very helpful.
I have one question here. I tried logging on to Cert Manager. However it is giving an error. Can some one please tell me why I am facing this problem.
Best of luck to all the people preparing for the exam. Have a nice day. Bye.
Regards,
Sandeep
17 years ago