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Sun Certified Java Programmer for Java 6

I recently passed my Sun Certified Java Programmer for Java 6 exam. Although I am already a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect and I had already taken the 1.2 version of the Programmer exam several years ago, I thought it would be good to get a refresher. Although it is always good to go over the basics of Java again, I think this is the last time I will take it. My biggest gripe is that a lot of the material covered is something I’d simply check the Java API docs for in my your day to day work. But perhaps that is a necessary evil and it has forced me to learn some of the topics I hadn’t been paying enough attention to including Generics, Enumerations and Assertions, as well as reviewing older material such as threads and inner classes. Also it never does any harm to go over the fundamentals of OO again: encapsulation, polymorphism, inheritance and coupling/cohesion.

I have put together some thoughts on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of SCJP.


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