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  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne; Pap/Cdr edition (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071490035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071490030
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Liguori, SCJP, has been a Senior Software Engineer since 1996 and is currently the lead developer for several Java based air traffic management applications. Mr. Liguori has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Mr. Liguori is also the President of the Atlantic City Java User Group.

Edward Finegan, SCJP, is a Senior Java Software Developer and is currently working in the casino industry developing gaming software. He has past experience in aerospace radar data commutation and artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning algorithms. Mr. Finegan has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Rowan University, and a Masters degree in Computer Science from Virgina Commonwealth University.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Mar. 2010
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This is a book tailored to assist you to pass the SCJA exam, and in that context it is a good book: it does not waste time explaining things which are not likely to be on the exam. That makes it a frustrating read because the SCJA exam covers a vast array of Java technology but only at the surface level - but that is not a criticism of the book, which mirrors the breadth and depth of the exam.

Each chapter contains practice questions, some of which are a bit too easy. The accompanying CD contains a complete on-line copy of the book for later reference, and a reasonable on-line exam simulation. After completing the exam simulation, I would recommend purchasing and completing the official practice tests from Sun or Oracle. (At the time of writing Oracle have recently purchased Sun and the future branding is not yet clear [to me].)

Whilst you don't need to read around this book to pass the SCJA exam you will inevitably wish to do so. I found these online resources useful: Dr Dobbs tutorial on Java Beans, and the ConceptGO Enterprise JavaBeans tutorial (formerly from IBM). You may also wish to learn more about UML (though you do not need to do so for the exam) and the UML User Guide is a good choice.

The book could be greatly improved by the creation and maintenance of an online errata by the original authors. (I cannot fine one.) This would (a) help to provide the reader with confidence in the text, and (b) provide an opportunity to correct mistakes in the original text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Wright on 11 Jun. 2010
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I bought this to compliment some Sun Web Learning courses. Whilst the book itself follows a different flow/order to the online course, the topics are all there and detailed with good/clear working examples.

I'd say it's well worth a buy if you are using this to compliment other training (i.e. online).
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I bought this book a long time ago when Sun were still running the exams, and read through it once but never sat the exam. Now I've found out I'm being made redundant and decided to pass the exam as it would be good on the CV. The exam is now run by Oracle (Oracle Certified Java Associate Programmer or something). I read the book once again, and then read up on any questions I got wrong. A week before taking the exam I bought a book of sample questions by Cameron McKenzie, which may also have helped a little, but I think this book by Liguori and Finegan was probably all I needed to pass the exam.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Great Study Guide That Could Be Better 17 Nov. 2010
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This is a study guide to prepare the reader for the Java 6 exam. It is similar to earlier books by the same authors, but updated for Java 6. The updates are well worth it. Each chapter has a section of notes at the end called the "2 minute drill". Reviewing these notes is a helpful study aide, as is a quiz at the end of each chapter. One of the best things about this study guide is that it demonstrates to the reader that the certification exam is not just a Java test, but a trick question test. Memorizing rules and knowing Java 6 enough to get a program to compile is not enough. A person needs to be able think in the rules, notice tiny details and discern wrong answers that are made to look very close to right answers. A person using this guide will discover that this is not easy to do and is a skill separate from knowing Java well. A companion workbook filled with nothing but practice questions would be valuable, as would more practice questions with the book. I do have one negative criticism that is not fault of the authors. The book includes 2 mock exams on a CD. The mock exam software runs only on Microsoft Windows. This is bad enough in this day and age of more than one prominent operating system, but it is also ironic as Java is cross platform language. I was able to get the exam software to run on Ubuntu Linux via the WINE software, but I am bothered by the publishers making the mock exam software platform dependent, given the price of the book. If I didn't get lucky with WINE I would have been gyped out of a valuable study aide included in the price of the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Passed the SCJA Exam with this book 27 Oct. 2010
By M. W. Marks - Published on
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I have over 8 years of experience programming on the Microsoft .Net platform in C# and wanted to learn Java so I could program Android phones. I decided to use this book as a tutorial because it emphasizes what Sun/Oracle considers important for new Java programmers. I wasn't disappointed in my choice and am surprised at some of the negative reviews.

It was very readable and provided a good introduction and overview of the various subject areas. The two-minute drills were very helpful as well as the excercises. I did experience some minor problems compiling the source code for a few of the excercises but they were easily resolved.

Using this book I passed the SCJA exam on the first try with a score of 92%.

If you plan to use this book to study for the SCJA exam, before you start studying, I would recommend going to the Mcgraw-Hill website and downloading the errata for the book (a good practice with any programming book).
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mediocre 30 Dec. 2009
By Eli Lato - Published on
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The writing style is bloated and awkward.
Even though it would be possible to return data back from a method by using this practice, it is not considered a good coding practice.
This should be something like:
A method can return more than one value to its caller by setting attributes of an object that it receives as a parameter. However, this is a poor coding practice.

There are so many typos that you don't trust the authors.

Some of the questions are so badly worded that you don't know whether they are trick questions, or the authors simply don't know how to express themselves clearly.

It's a shame that the authors didn't get a proofreader. If they had, this book could have been excellent.

Btw, the SCJP by Sierra and Bates contrasts with this book; SCJP is well written and well proofed.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Armed with this book, prepare to fail 18 Jan. 2010
By T.S. Ward - Published on
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There are so many bad things about this book that it's hard to even look past them and attempt to find any good qualities.
(1) This book is very poorly written and at times it seems as if it was written by a first year college student.
(2) For those who don't know, the SCJA is extremely easy. The objectives of the SCJA are very basic in nature and, for the most part, only require a very high-level understanding of most items. Yet, as simple as the exam is, this book leaves out a lot. If you are new to the world of Java programming and related items such as UML, then this book will set you up for failure as it leaves a lot to be desired for what is actually on the exam.
(3) I do not know who performed the technical quality control for this book but the exercises and practice exams are ridiculous. Many of the programming exercises have very obvious errors. Many of the exam questions are WRONG. Many people use practice exams to do a quick study of key points before a certification. What good does this do if many of the practice exam questions provided with the book are WRONG?

If you want to pass this exam, do not buy this book. The SCJA is too easy to fail because of a bad purchase. If you already bought this bought this book and have some experience with Java and object-oriented principles then Google SCJA Tips along with UML overviews and you'll be fine. If you have no Java experience and you bought this book, go back to the bookstore.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great study material and Amazon got it here quickly! 27 April 2012
By Thomas1of12 - Published on
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Great product for studying for the certification and I would be inclined to continue purchasing study books written by the same author.

Again, Amazon gets my books to my super quick which does have a small effect on the greatest of the material delivered.
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