Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Too big, too bulky, does not contain enough *important* info
am 3. Februar 2000
I just passed the exam today with 80%.
DO NOT USE THIS BOOK *ONLY* FOR YOUR PREPARATION.
If you do, and you feel you understand everything in the book, the actual exam is going to be a big shock like it was for me for the first time when I took the exam. Like expressed by other reviewers, this book gives you the *false* feeling that you are ready to pass the exam - even if you read the whole thing. Repeat, if you feel you know everything in this book, you are most likely going to score an average of 50-60% on the real exam, which is not yet a passing score. Its lengthy style is very comprehensive, but you are much better off using your time wisely if you are trying to use this book only to *complement* the Java 2 Exam Cram by Bill Brogden. This book is particularly missing important elements and required knowledge on:
. Constructors . Inner classes . Interfaces . Utility classes (both old and new) . Java IO . Java Event Model . Casting and converting
All of the above are critical to pass the exam. Somehow this book strikes me as a book written by class instructors, not programmers (this is even mentioned in the "Introduction"), so a lot of Java hands-on experience is missing for me from it. There would be a lot more (perhaps one line) code snippets in the book to illustrate right and wrong concepts, valid and invalid lines. Sometimes this book fails to shed light on some class/interface hierarchies your will have to *know* (not just understand) to pass the exam. The book is not updated enough from Java 1.1 to Java 2. Also, do not even waste time on CD-ROM. It only contains low level questions already in the book.
I believe if you take the certification exam, you should have some Java programming experience. Write a small, but real application. This book - falsely - tries to lull you into the feeling of having that experience by explaining everything in lengthy, comfortable detail. This is NOT what is required of you at the examination: you will have to be able to answer test questions quickly and accurately.
Here's the method that worked for me after trying and failing the exam with this book only: Buy the Bill Brogden Java 2 Exam CRAM book. Make notes of it as you read it cover to cover, complement your notes with some of the AWT implications from this book, use Java 2 API documentation on GridBagLayout and the new Collection and Map interfaces which do come up in the real exma. Then learn your notes *by heart*. (There is a lot of stupid method signatures you will have to remember, some of which are not documented in either book, only in the Java2 API.) Make sure you download all the mock exams available on the internet and use Jxam (a freely available testing tool with hard enough questions, none of the others I found were hard enough compared to the real one) to test yourself. Write small example programs to grasp the concepts behind test questions. Modify and understand why and how they can be modified still to compile and run (and not to compile and/or not to run). If you can score about 80-90% with Jxam, you are likely to pass the real exam. Good luck.