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Mike Meyers' Java 2 Certification Passport
by Cindy Glass, Kathy Sierra, Margarita Isaveya, Jane Griscti, Ajith Kallambella
Paperback: 450 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.00 x 6.08
Publisher: Osborne McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0072193662; Bk&Cd-Rom edition (October 26, 2001)
Book Description: Mike Meyers, the industry expert on professional certification, brings you this concise, affordable, and portable study tool for Java certification exam 310-025. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass the test plus practice exam software on CD, this Certification Passport is your ticket to success on exam day.
From the Back Cover: From the #1 Name in Professional Certification
Get on the road to becoming a Java 2 certified professional programmer with this concise, affordable, and portable study tool. Certification guru Mike Meyers and his selected trailblazers will guide you on your career path, providing expert tips and sound advice along the way. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass the test, this Certification Passport is your ticket to success on exam day.
In Each Chapter: Itinerary--List of official exam objectives covered ETA--Amount of time needed to complete the lesson Travel Advisories--Expert advice on critical topics Local Lingos--Concise definitions of key terms and concepts Travel Assistance--Recommended resources for more information Exam Tips--Callouts of common exam pitfalls Checkpoint--End-of-chapter review with questions and answers Career Flight Path--Career options mapped out to maximize the return from your IT journey
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About the Series Editor: Mike Meyers is the best-selling author of three editions of the #1 A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and several other computer books. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world and a member of CompTIA.
Disappointing, May 21, 2002
Reviewer: Steven W. Bucey from Lancaster, Ohio USA
I purchased this at the last minute, more than anything else for the practice exam on the CD. I was immediately disappointed as the test on the CD had significant and fatal errors as other reviewers have pointed out (I was able to run it, but the questions were missing text, had the wrong interface for answers, etc). When I contacted the publisher to express my issues they told me that this was a problem only with the first print run, but when they didn't immediately offer me a replacement CD I expressed my opinion on that to them also. By the time they offered me a solution (in the form of a download from their web site with a secret login), I had already passed the test and didn't need their help anymore.
I did try to use the book itself to try to cover a couple of topics I was not sure about before I took the test, and found it difficult to follow and gave up. Others seem to like it, so maybe it was just me. I found the "Java 2 Exam Cram" to be far more useful and actually plan to keep that book as a reference, while I threw out the "Passport".
Good book for quick preparation and review before exam, April 30, 2002
Reviewer: Rakesh Chauhan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I pass the exam this morning with 83 %. From total time I spend 70% time reading this book. This book is good if you have limited time to prepare for SCJP. It doesn't have boring description. The authors have done excellent job to extract out core concept from exam point of view. However, there are some typos and cds is not useful. I couldn't able to access what is inside cds. Anyway it was worth Canadian $ 55 investment. I did refer Khalid Mughal book to clear some of the funda and practice examples.
A comedy of ERRORS, February 22, 2002
Reviewer: Robert Douglass from Germany
Multiple authors with differing styles is OK. The information is mostly well presented and targeted for the exam. But the sample test questions are a disaster. They are awful. About 10% of the questions in the book and on the practice CD are woefully wrong. Examples abound and range from questions that don't list any correct answer as an option, due to a type-o (p. 211 #2), to questions on the software exam that say "select two" and then give radio buttons, thus making multiple selections impossible. If you are looking for a second or a third book to read to prepare for the exam, you'll be able to extract enough good from this to merit the purchase. Plus, debugging the [messed] up questions is good practice! But if you are looking for one book with which you hope to prepare, avoid this one. Much better is that from Roberts, Heller and Ernest (Also has some errors, but there is an errata list on the website). The folks at Osborne also have an errata page, which doesn't mention this book...
As series editor, blame must fall squarely on Mike Meyers, who says "I love every aspect of this book you hold in your hands". Next time, better look at all the aspects of a book before sending it to press.
Just the stuff that you need, February 1, 2002
Reviewer: janlynnc from Ky
In addition to liking the easy reading it was nice to stick to JUST the stuff that I need to get through this exam. YES there are books out there with more expanded explainations of all these areas, and YES you need to know that to perform a programming job, but TODAY I just want to get my certification, thank you. This book does just that.
The reading was clear and to the point. The tips and stuff were great.
The CD is a bit flakey though.
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