Other books out there are overly large. They prepare you for the exam, but in a time-consuming way that you don’t really need... if you have some previous Java experience, what’s the point of reading twenty pages about operators?
…it hasn’t really had that big an impact on my career. On the other hand the impact on my knowledge of the Java Language was immense.
I took the programmer exam and found it a worthwhile exercise, because it covers all aspects of the language, even those that you usually avoid / code around / get right but don’t know why / use seldomly.
I found it a very positive experience… when I had to study for the certification exam, I dug into the language details far more deeply and comprehensively than I ever would have on my own…
If your Java experience is weak, certification is likely to be a significant help in getting a Java job.
Job opportunities, promotions, improving your Java skills... know the potential benefits that are reasonable to expect from achieving this certification and also (and perhaps even more important) what you shouldn’t be expecting from it
Hi! I’m a 40 year old dude from sunny Spain, where I’ve been working as a Software Engineer since 1999, doing all kind of stuff but mainly as a Java Programmer and Technical Project Manager.
To be honest, I’ve actually been programming since I was eleven when dad brought home an Amstrad CPC 6128 computer. That’s when it all started: programming languages, computer graphics and homemade video games!
I really enjoy programming and learning new stuff every day. Let’s say I win the lottery today. Tomorrow I would wake up and would like to spend my day coding… well, you’re right: I would take a few weeks to travel and all that, but you get the point.
I don’t consider myself a Java guru. However after all this time working in the IT world and having studied for some of the toughest certifications (Sun Java Designer, Project Management Professional and Oracle Java Programmer) what you could truly say about me is that I’ve become certified on getting certifications, and I really hope all this experience will be helpful to you.