- Hardcover: 851 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (16 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071591060
- ISBN-13: 978-0071591065
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide (CX-310-065): Exam 310-065 Hardcover – 16 Aug 2008
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Written by the developers of the Sun Certified Programmer for Java exam, this study guide covers various official objectives on the release of the SCJP exam. It includes more than 250 of the practice questions. It is accompanied by a CD-ROM that features a practice test engine with two free practice exams.
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It's a pity, because the dead tree version of the book is very good, but the publisher of the Kindle edition has done a disservice to the authors and readers.
If you are familiar with the content then the Kindle version is a bargain as a revision aid as long as you keep your wits about you. If you are new to the material, buy the paper version.
The book is split into chapters covering different objectives, end with a summary, a 2 minute drill (which normally take 5 minutes) and then a test on the subject. The answers are then explained in detail so that you learn when you get questions wrong. The book has little exam watch tips and also on the job advice which are useful.
The general tone of the book tries to keep you interested and there are a few jokes dropped in which I appreciated at least.
Note that some topics covered are no longer needed for the OCP ( I think serialization is gone but it's useful to know).
The CD with the book contains some exams to do which are good as they give you an idea of the format of the exam.I found the question in this book and the accompanying practice exam book (which is recommended) were both more difficult than the real exam. The cd also contains pdfs of the book and (confusingly) some stuff needed for SCJD.
What would I like to see that it perhaps missed, is maybe a summary of the API that you should know for the exam. It tends to be dotted around the book so there's no one list to know. Even without this, this book is a no brainer to buy if you want to pass.
Chapters are easy to read and understand spiced with a lot of figures making the learning process a good experience.
The included CD was one of the main reason i bought this product, because it contains a comprehensive testing system and exam simulator-like software which i can test myself with before i go for the offical Oracle certification exam.
The book itself can serve as a reference guide as well for every Java programmer regardless of their knowledge level.
It is not only useful because it teaches all the required basic principles in order that you can call yourself a Java programmer, but it will help you become a professional, because the book contains a lot of tips and tricks to avoid common mistakes, to be more productive.
I highly recommend this book everyone interested in Java.
Note for starters:
Starters should have a minimal knowledge of the Java programming language fundamentals. The book doesn't cover the Java language fundamentals, but theres no need of it since the book is about preparing for the offical exam.
But regardless of the "note for starters", the book contains invaluable material for them too, because once you learned the language fundamentals, this book will be your main interest if you decide to move forward in your learning curve and become a professional.
Some small topics are covered on several pages, presenting the same information over and over in an excessive manner, while some bigger and more important topics are covered in a tiny space where it's easy to skip them and not to understand properly.
I think sample questions and answers are not presented in the most convenient way: first there is the question and possible answers, then separately the same question, possible answers, and the correct answer, not optimal, while answer explanations are not always great.
Overall mixed feelings, although helps to get Java knowledge.
I must warn that the book is quite voluminous but it's quite helpful if you have got time to prepare for the exam
As a Linux & OS X user I'm disappointed that the resources on the CD are for Windows only. Sure you can find the PDF version of the book with a little digging but the authors could have done a lot better considering their impressive credentials.
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I thoroughly recommend it.
There is not much else to say, really other than it's the definitive guide.