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Programmers Guide to Java Certiffication A Comprehensive Primer













By Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen

Publisher : Addison Wesley
Pub Date : August 04, 2003
ISBN : 0-201-72828-1
Pages : 672




To pass the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform 1.4 exam (SCPJ2 1.4) you need this book. It is written for any experienced programmer (with or without previous knowledge of Java) interested in mastering the Java programming language and passing the SCPJ2 1.4 exam.

A Programmer's Guide to Java(TM) Certification, Second Edition, contains detailed coverage of all exam topics and objectives, helpful code examples, exercises, review questions, and several full practice exams. In addition, as a comprehensive primer to the Java programming language, this book is an invaluable reference tool for the reader.

This new edition has been thoroughly updated to focus on the latest version of the exam (CX-310-035). In particular, it contains more in-depth explanations of the syntax and usage of core language features that are now emphasized on the exam. The accompanying CD contains a version of the SCPJ2 1.4 Exam Simulator developed by Whizlabs Software, which includes several mock exams and simulates the exam-taking experience. The CD also contains the complete source code for all the examples, and solutions to the programming exercises.

What you will find in this book:

Extensive coverage of all the objectives defined for the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform 1.4 exam

Easy-to-follow structure with chapters organized according to the exam objectives as laid out by Sun Microsystems

Summaries that 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 SCPJ2 1.4 exam, and a guide to taking the exam

A complete mock exam with new questions (not repeats of review questions)

Numerous exam-relevant review questions to test your understanding of each major topic, with annotated answers

Programming exercises and solutions at the end of each chapter

Copious code examples illustrating concepts where the code has been compiled and thoroughly tested on multiple platforms

Program output demonstrating expected results from running the examples

Extensive use of UML (Unified Modeling Language) for illustration purposes

An introduction to basic terminology and concepts in object-oriented programming

Advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in mastering the language and taking the exam

Platform-independent coverage--platform-specific details are provided where relevant

Information about the SCPJ2 Upgrade exam

Copyright
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Examples
Foreword
Preface
Writing the Second Edition
About This Book
Using the Book
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises
Book Web Sites
Request for Feedback
About the Authors
Acknowledgments (First Edition)
Acknowledgments (Second Edition)

Chapter 1. Basics of Java Programming
Section 1.1. Introduction
Section 1.2. Classes
Section 1.3. Objects
Section 1.4. Instance Members
Section 1.5. Static Members
Section 1.6. Inheritance
Section 1.7. Aggregation
Section 1.8. Tenets of Java
Review Questions
Section 1.9. Java Programs
Section 1.10. Sample Java Application
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 2. Language Fundamentals
Section 2.1. Basic Language Elements
Review Questions
Section 2.2. Primitive Data Types
Review Questions
Section 2.3. Variable Declarations
Section 2.4. Initial Values for Variables
Review Questions
Section 2.5. Java Source File Structure
Review Questions
Section 2.6. The main() Method
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 3. Operators and Assignments
Section 3.1. Precedence and Associativity Rules for Operators
Section 3.2. Evaluation Order of Operands
Section 3.3. Conversions
Section 3.4. Simple Assignment Operator =
Review Questions
Section 3.5. Arithmetic Operators: *, /, %, +, -
Review Questions
Section 3.6. The Binary String Concatenation Operator +
Section 3.7. Variable Increment and Decrement Operators: ++, --
Review Questions
Section 3.8. Boolean Expressions
Section 3.9. Relational Operators: <, <=, >, >=
Section 3.10. Equality
Section 3.11. Boolean Logical Operators: !, ^, &, |
Section 3.12. Conditional Operators: &&, ||
Review Questions
Section 3.13. Integer Bitwise Operators: ~, &, |, ^
Section 3.14. Shift Operators: <<, >>, >>>
Section 3.15. The Conditional Operator: ?
Section 3.16. Other Operators: new, [], instanceof
Review Questions
Section 3.17. Parameter Passing
Section 3.18. Passing Primitive Data Values
Section 3.19. Passing Object Reference Values
Section 3.20. Passing Array References
Section 3.21. Array Elements as Actual Parameters
Section 3.22. final Parameters
Section 3.23. Program Arguments
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 4. Declarations and Access Control
Section 4.1. Arrays
Review Questions
Section 4.2. Defining Classes
Section 4.3. Defining Methods
Section 4.4. Constructors
Section 4.5. Scope Rules
Review Questions
Section 4.6. Packages
Section 4.7. Accessibility Modifiers for Top-level Classes and Interfaces
Section 4.8. Other Modifiers for Classes
Review Questions
Section 4.9. Member Accessibility Modifiers
Review Questions
Section 4.10. Other Modifiers for Members
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 5. Control Flow, Exception Handling, and Assertions
Section 5.1. Overview of Control Flow Statements
Section 5.2. Selection Statements
Review Questions
Section 5.3. Iteration Statements
Section 5.4. Transfer Statements
Review Questions
Section 5.5. Stack-based Execution and Exception Propagation
Section 5.6. Exception Types
Section 5.7. Exception Handling: try, catch, and finally
Section 5.8. throw Statement
Section 5.9. throws Clause
Review Questions
Section 5.10. Assertions
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 6. Object-oriented Programming
Section 6.1. Single Implementation Inheritance
Review Questions
Section 6.2. Overriding and Hiding Members
Review Questions
Section 6.3. Chaining Constructors Using this() and super()
Review Questions
Section 6.4. Interfaces
Review Questions
Section 6.5. Completing the Type Hierarchy
Section 6.6. Assigning, Passing, and Casting Reference Values
Review Questions
Section 6.7. Polymorphism and Dynamic Method Lookup
Review Questions
Section 6.8. Inheritance vs. Aggregation
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 7. Nested Classes And Interfaces
Section 7.1. Overview of Nested Classes and Interfaces
Section 7.2. Static Member Classes and Interfaces
Section 7.3. Non-static Member Classes
Review Questions
Section 7.4. Local Classes
Section 7.5. Anonymous Classes
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercise

Chapter 8. Object Lifetime
Section 8.1. Garbage Collection
Review Questions
Section 8.2. Initializers
Review Questions
Chapter Summary

Chapter 9. Threads
Section 9.1. Multitasking
Section 9.2. Overview of Threads
Section 9.3. Thread Creation
Review Questions
Section 9.4. Synchronization
Review Questions
Section 9.5. Thread Transitions
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 10. Fundamental Classes
Section 10.1. Overview of the java.lang Package
Section 10.2. The Object Class
Review Questions
Section 10.3. The Wrapper Classes
Review Questions
Section 10.4. The Math Class
Review Questions
Section 10.5. The String Class
Review Questions
Section 10.6. The StringBuffer Class
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Chapter 11. Collections and Maps
Section 11.1. The Collections Framework
Section 11.2. Collections
Review Questions
Section 11.3. Sets
Section 11.4. Lists
Review Questions
Section 11.5. Maps
Section 11.6. Sorted Sets and Sorted Maps
Review Questions
Section 11.7. Implementing the equals(), hashCode(), and compareTo() Methods
Section 11.8. Working with Collections
Review Questions
Chapter Summary
Programming Exercises

Appendix A. Taking the SCPJ2 1.4 Exam
Section A.1. Preparing for the Programmer Exam
Section A.2. Registering for the Exam
Section A.3. How the Examination Is Conducted
Section A.4. The Questions
Section A.5. Moving on to the Developer Exam

Appendix B. Objectives for the SCPJ2 1.4 Exam
Section 1: Declarations and Access Control (Chapter 4)
Section 2: Flow Control, Assertions, and Exception Handling (Chapter 5)
Section 3: Garbage Collection (Chapter 8)
Section 4: Language Fundamentals (Chapter 2)
Section 5: Operators and Assignments (Chapter 3)
Section 6: Overloading, Overriding, Runtime Type and Object Orientation (Chapter 6, Chapter 11)
Section 7: Threads (Chapter 9)
Section 8: Fundamental Classes in the java.lang Package (Chapter 10)
Section 9: The Collections Framework (Chapter 11)

Appendix C. Objectives for the Java 2 Platform Upgrade Exam
Section 1: Declarations and Access Control
Section 2: Flow Control, Assertions, and Exception Handling
Section 3: Garbage Collection
Section 4: Language Fundamentals
Section 5: Operators and Assignments
Section 6: Overloading, Overriding, Runtime Type and Object Orientation
Section 7: Threads
Section 8: The Collections Framework

Appendix D. Annotated Answers to Review Questions
Section 1. Basics of Java Programming
Section 2. Language Fundamentals
Section 3. Operators and Assignments
Section 4. Declarations and Access Control
Section 5. Control Flow, Exception Handling, and Assertions
Section 6. Object-oriented Programming
Section 7. Nested Classes and Interfaces
Section 8. Object Lifetime
Section 9. Threads
Section 10. Fundamental Classes
Section 11. Collections and Maps

Appendix E. Solutions to Programming Exercises
Section 1. Basics of Java Programming
Section 2. Language Fundamentals
Section 3. Operators and Assignments
Section 4. Declarations and Access Control
Section 5. Control Flow, Exception Handling, and Assertions
Section 6. Object-oriented Programming
Section 7. Nested Classes and Interfaces
Section 8. Basics of Java Programming
Section 9. Threads
Section 10. Fundamental Classes
Section 11. Collections and Maps

Appendix F. Mock Exam
Answers to Questions

Appendix G. Number Systems and Number Representation
Section G.1. Number Systems
Section G.2. Relationship between Binary, Octal, and Hexadecimal Numbers
Section G.3. Converting Decimals
Section G.4. Representing Integers

Appendix H. About the CD
Section H.1. Whizlabs Exam Simulators
Section H.2. Items from the Book

Single-User License Agreement
Impotant Terms of Agreement
Tenure of the License Agreement
Limited Warranty Under the License
Remedies Provided Under the License
Liabilities Under the License
Other Limitations Under the License
General Note

Index


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