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A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification

A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
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A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
by Khalid Azim Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen

Paperback: 688 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.58 x 9.26 x 7.41
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co
ISBN: 0201596148; 1 edition (August 19, 1999)

Book News, Inc.: The preparation guide for the Sun Java 2 platform exam (SCPJ2) teaches experienced programmers sound Java programming skills, the core language, and all the major APIs. Topics include using threads, building GUI with AWT and Swing components, rendering graphics, implementing applets, handling I/O streams, and generating documentation using Javadoc. -- Copyright © 1999 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR All rights reserved Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Book Description: Sun Microsystems' Sun Certified Programmer exam (Sun CJPE) allows programmers to validate their valuable Java programming skills and provides the IT industry wth a standard to use when recruiting professional. A Programmer's Guide to JavaTM Certification prepares readers for the CJPE by teaching them sound Java programming skills and covering the core language and all the major APIs. Requiring minimal Java experience, a Programmer's Guide to JavaTM Certification is the surest way to accomplish the exam. In addition, it is a comprehensive primer providing coverage of additional topics that every Java programmer should master to be proficient in this field.

From the Back Cover: "We have written A Programmer’s Guide to Java Certification to allow the reader to master the Java programming language. Mastering the language should naturally culminate in the practical goal of passing the Sun Certified Programmer for Java‘ 2 Platform exam. In addition to preparing the reader thoroughly for the exam, this book also provides comprehensive coverage of all the essential Java features and core APIs that every proficient Java programmer should master."

What you will find in this book:
• In-depth coverage of all the important topics, in particular, extensive coverage of ALL the objectives defined for the Sun Certified Programmer for Java TM 2 Platform exam (equivalent to Level 1 in the new Certification Initiative for Enterprise Development).
• Easy to follow structure with chapters organized according to the exam objectives as laid out by Sun
• Summaries which clearly state and differentiate the exam objectives and the supplementary objectives to be covered in each chapter
• A list of Sun’s objectives for the Programmer exam, and a guide to taking the exam
• Numerous exam-relevant review questions to test understanding of each major topic, with annotated answers
• A complete mock exam with NEW questions (not repeats of review questions)
• Programming exercises at the end of each chapter, with solutions
• Ample code examples to illustrate concepts, which have been compiled and thoroughly tested on multiple platforms
• Screen shots which illustrate how the examples would look when run
• Numerous illustrations which use the standard diagramatic notation, UML
• An introduction to basic terminology and concepts in object-oriented programming
• Advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in mastering the language
• Platform independent coverage - platform specific details are provided where relevant

Additional but relevant topics are also covered, such as using threads, building GUI with AWT and Swing components, rendering graphics, implementing applets, handling I/O streams, generating documentation using Javadoc and much more.

The accompanying web site includes a mock exam engine; complete source code for all the examples and solutions for the programming exercises; links to important resources (web browsers, Sun’s JDK, and integrated development environments for Java); updates; and more....

Written for anyone with previous programming experience (although not necessarily in Java), this book’s comprehensive coverage of the basic and the advanced features of the language make it as useful for experienced Java programmers aiming at certification, as for programmers learning Java for the first time.

About the Author: Khalid Azim Mughal, the principal author, is an Associate Professor in Informatics at the University of Bergen in Norway. He has been teaching programming languages at the university for 18 years. Since the emergence of Java, he has designed and taught numerous courses on programming in Java and Java-related technologies, aimed at students and IT professionals.

Rolf Rasmussen is a Java programmer who has also been involved in planning, developing and evaluating courses on introductory programming in Java at the University of Bergen. He is responsible for developing the review questions and answers, the programming exercises and solutions, and all the practical aspects relating to taking the SCPJ2 exam.

Customer Reviews
Must have for SCJP, December 17, 2001
Reviewer: Bradley A. Perkins from Atlanta, GA United States

A lot of elbow grease went into this book. I think I found one error in the whole book and even that was minor. Mughal explores the dark corners of the language and you end up the wiser for it. File I/O was huge on my exam so make sure and read ch. 18. Threads are probably the most challenging piece to wrap your head around and Mughal does a good job of coaching through the growing pains. The source code is very available so make use of it. I read the reviews here and got this book and I wasn't disappointed. I had less than a year's experience with Java... you really don't need any. *But* you will learn the language regardless. Balance this with Bill Brogden's book and your golden.

Excellent Book to Prepare for Certification, April 5, 2001
Reviewer: Mr GE Stainer from New Zealand

Some months ago I purchased "A Programmers Guide to Java Certification". Working through it in preparation to take the Sun Programmer Certification exam, I have found this to be an excellent book, very well-written, very readable, very thorough and with excellent program code examples which illustrate the subtle points really well. I cannot praise it highly enough.

I'm 50 years old, with 20 years experience of COBOL programming and should point out that I have not read any other similar books and haven't actually taken the SJPC exam yet, so cannot comment on how well it prepared me for this. However, with no commercial Java programming experience, this book has made me confident about taking the exam - an exam which Sun Microsystems says cannot be taken without programming experience.

Prior to starting the book, I had completed course M874, a postgraduate course on Java, with the Open University in England. This Java 1.1 course only covered the language basics however. The book provides the rigourous, no-nonsense, complete story on each aspect of the Java language syntax. It repays close attention to the code examples.

Note however that not all of the book is relevant to the exam, so you can leave some chapters (Swing, Graphics, etc) until after the exam. There is an appendix to cross-reference the exam objectives to the relevant chapters, but please note that since the first edition, the Programmer Certification exam objectives have changed, so that chapter 18 Files and Streams is now relevant to the exam.

Thus the book not only covers all of the exam objectives, but also has chapters which cover other essential aspects of Java.

Beyond criticism, May 28, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from London, UK

Superb book!
Without this book I could not have passed the exam.
Very well-written and clear.

Keep up the good work guys

Really PERFECT book. Only you need for SCPJ2 exam., May 17, 2002
Reviewer: Deniz TATAR from North Cyprus

I prepared for the exam with only this book and I am sure it is enough. Because today (17.05.2002) I passed "Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform" exam with 79% score.

This book contains lots of review questions which same as the real questions. And also a hard moch exam. I think if you pass this mock you can pass the real exam.

Many thanks to authors. They deserve this.

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