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Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) [Paperback]

Katherine Sierra , Bert Bates
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1 Dec 2002 0072226846 978-0072226843 3rd Revised edition

Revised and updated by one of the co-developers of the (310-035) Programmer exam, this edition offers complete coverage of the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 exam objectives and newly added, complete coverage of both portions of the Sun Certified Java 2 Developer's exam. More than 250 challenging practice questions have been completely revised to closely model the format, tone, topics, and difficulty of the real exam. An integrated study system based on proven pedagogy, exam coverage includes step-by-step exercises, special Exam Watch notes, On-the-Job elements, and Self Tests with in-depth answer explanations to help reinforce and teach practical skills.

Praise for the author:

“Finally! A Java certification book that explains everything clearly. All you need to pass the exam is in this book.”

—Solveig Haugland, Technical Trainer and Former Sun Course Developer

"Who better to write a Java study guide than Kathy Sierra, the reigning queen of Java instruction? Kathy Sierra has done it again—here is a study guide that almost guarantees you a certification!"

—James Cubeta, Systems Engineer, SGI

"The thing I appreciate most about Kathy is her quest to make us all remember that we are teaching people and not just lecturing about Java. Her passion and desire for the highest quality education that meets the needs of the individual student is positively unparalleled at SunEd. Undoubtedly there are hundreds of students who have benefited from taking Kathy's classes."

—Victor Peters, founder Next Step Education & Software Sun Certified Java Instructor

“I want to thank Kathy for the EXCELLENT Study Guide. The book is well written, every concept is clearly explained using a real life example, and the book states what you specifically need to know for the exam. The way it's written, you feel that you're in a classroom and someone is actually teaching you the difficult concepts, but not in a dry, formal manner. The questions at the end of the chapters are also REALLY good, and I am sure they will help candidates pass the test. Watch out for this Wickedly Smart book.”

-Alfred Raouf, Web Solution Developer, Kemety.Net

"The Sun Certification exam was certainly no walk in the park but Kathy's material allowed me to not only pass the exam, but Ace it!"

—Mary Whetsel, Sr. Technology Specialist, Application Strategy and Integration, The St. Paul Companies


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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072226846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072226843
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,356,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The authors have written this book for those preparing to take the Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer Exam (310-025). It's structured around the exam topics with each chapter providing objectives, exercises and--among other details--self-test exercises. They discuss the exam question types, their level of difficulty and also provide tips on studying for and taking the exams.

Each chapter concentrates on a particular aspect of Java as it relates to the exam. As you'd expect, there's discussion of Java language, implementation issues, usage, best practice and alternative approaches, but the structure is somewhat eclectic and unfocussed. Sections end with a set of multi-choice self-test questions with the answers and explanations at the back of the book.

As with most books designed to help you pass certification exams, the Sun Certification Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide really isn't all that useful for much else. It assumes you're already a Java programmer, and isn't a reference or a how-to book. It prepares you for an exam. The self-test questions are the most interesting part of the book. This is because the Sun exam tends to test your knowledge of less well-known operators, unusual constructions and gotchas. While this book won't help you tackle real-life Java programming projects, it may well help you get paid to work on such a project. --Steve Patient --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"High-level, in-depth yet down-to-earth. This book is great! Straightforward and conceptually sound. One of the most well written certification guides I've ever read. Lots of facts, no fluff. Focuses in on key topic areas. Sample questions solidify understanding and build confidence." Review of the 1st Edition Study Guide Simon Lee, Berlin, NH --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Passed the Exam 24 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
I can't express enough how useful this book was, absolutely spot on. I have just finished the exam and scored 95%. The authors have carefully described why things work the way they do which helps you to understand and hence remember the way things are. The sample exam and questions are also very accurate, in fact I got 95% for the test exam the night before I did the real exam. I would say the sample questions are tougher than the actual exam.
If the above is not enough to convince you, then two of the questions from my exam where almost identical to questions I got in my exam, one regarding arrays with dog names such as "Fido", etc.
By this book, read it, understand it, do the sample exam, pass the real exam, it really is that straight forward.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most efficacious � I scored 95% 4 April 2003
By TC
Format:Paperback
Review of Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) Copyright 2003 ISBN: 0072226846 (Yes, it now covers the Developer Exam too)
Having spent three weeks reading Part I (The Programmer Exam) I took the exam and passed with a score of 95%. I think that speaks for itself.
I can't comment on Part II (The Developer Exam) because I have only browsed through it, although if it's up to the same standard as the first part I'm sure it will be of great use when the time comes.
I can, however, speak with authority about Part I having read it word for word, and taken the Self Tests at the end of each chapter. I chose this particular book over its competitors primarily because it was the most recently published, and also because I got the impression that other 1.4 study guides were hastily rehashed versions of the earlier 1.2 (310-025) versions. That's not to say that I think this tome was put together any less hastily, judging by the number of mistakes I found. However on the whole the mistakes are minor and in some ways I treated them as a "did you spot the deliberate mistake" exercise. The publishers do, however, maintain a detailed erratum on their web site, to which I will be adding a few observations. Having said that, I did find the book easy to read and the Self Test questions useful. The questions supplied on the accompanying CD were very useful and representative of those on the exam. It was well worth downloading the complementary second set of questions. One slight annoyance with the Master Exam software was its inability to be resized, forcing you to scroll some questions up and down to see all of a code excerpt. In that respect it was not representative of the real exam.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent 10 July 2004
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With the intention of passing the exam I bought this book and the Sybex alternative in the hope that if I didn't understand any particular topic I would have two different descriptions to work from.
I read the Sybex book first and doubted whether I needed to actually read this book, however, once I started I found that the content was far more constructive, intuative and helpful than the Sybex book had been.
This book covers many topics in more detail than is needed for the exam but which gives you a solid foundation on all the subjects. I am an experienced Java developer but the book still pointed out intricate details which even I was not aware of.
Buy This Book !!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is not what you want if you are after a Java tutorial. It does however do what it claims, and is an excellent guide to the Java Certified Programmer exam. I had previously read Mughal and Rasmusen, and whilst that book appeared to have far more depth, this one is more readable, and presents the material in a more understandable way. That being said the style can begin to become irritating on reading the same chapter for the second or third time.
One thing that Sierra and Bates are excellent at is pointing out the "gotchas" - those tricky questions that are found on the exam.
If you get one book to study for the exam, then you could do worse that this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I looked at quite a number of books and web sites - but without doubt this was the best I found. With a bit of humour thrown in it helped to liven up what could be mainly dry facts. Very well presented and explained. I started from absolutley zero. For people who have English as a second language this book is very good for explaining things and making them as easy as possible to understand. I have three German colleagues who have all used the book to pass the exam first time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb study guide 29 May 2003
Format:Paperback
If you're serious about passing the SCJP 1.4 exam you need look no further. Where it excels is its ability to describe some of the more banal aspects of the language in a way that won't make you drop off. All of the SCJP objectives are covered in clear detail, without over-elaboration ofter found in other guides.
Buy this book, sit the practice exam questions, and you will pass the real exam with ease.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 29 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
Highly recommended. A great study guide for the exam and a handy reference book for the fundamental parts of Java. It helped build my confidence and knowledge level to a point where 95% was a slightly disappointing result.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not the only book 16 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be pretty useful for my Java 2 exam but it should not be the only book to be referred for the exam. Also the companion CD is not worth it and has many bugs. Java IO is not mentioned in the book though I had 2 questions from that topic. Java awt and event handling has not been discussed in detail and any future user of this book should take care of reading more about them. Overall this book was a great starter but need extra resources and efforts to actually pass this exam. So the moral of the story is do not depend on this book only refer to other java resources like Java docs on the web site and Java programming language book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book available to prepare for the SCJP exam
Hey, guys I've got 90% on the exam after just reading this book. It is very friendly and it's humour just keeps your mind running when you are already tired from your... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2005 by Alexander Kolesnikov
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book for those wanting to pass the exam
An Excellent book which helped me pass the exam with 91%. Having already developed Java apps for over 5 years, this book helped strengthen my weak points.
Highly recommended
Published on 5 Aug 2005 by "asif_akhtar"
2.0 out of 5 stars very poor
This book has all that is needed to pass the exam. This is its only positive point.
I am a student and therefore probably don't know near as much about Java as alot of the... Read more
Published on 8 July 2005 by Westen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Just passed the Java Programmer's exam, I used this Book as my main Study material.
I'd like to say a big thank you to Kathy & Bert for breaking down all those Java concepts... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for passing, not a great reference book
I used this book as my main study guide for taking the programmer exam. The book has a few silly comments and the authors try to be funny, however it does help the book to become a... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an enjoyable book
I am not enthusiastic about this book, but this might derive from wrong expectations on my side.
I bought this book for the same reason why I want to take the exam: to achieve... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2004 by Alberto Gemin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an enjoyable book
I am not enthusiastic about this book, but this might derive from wrong expectations on my side.
I bought this book for the same reason why I want to take the exam: to achieve... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2004 by Alberto Gemin
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly suggested
I have used this book to study for the SCJP 1.4 exam.
I found it an excellent resource: it is written in a very understandable and rigorous manner. Read more
Published on 26 May 2004 by Massimo Manfredino
3.0 out of 5 stars Wordy
In my opinion, this book epitomizes bad style on a technical subject. Coming at the exam from the perspective of an experienced Java programmer wanting to get certified, this book... Read more
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