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Title:
A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification
Author:
Khalid Mughal&Rolf Rasmussen
ISBN:
0 201 59614 8
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Pages:
753pp
Price:
£34-95
Reviewer:
Alan Barclay
Subject:
java
Appeared in:
14-3
This book is both a thoroughly comprehensive guide to the Java Language and an outstanding preparation tool for the 'Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform' exam. Written for anyone with previous programming experience this book provides coverage of the basic and advanced features of the language in a well illustrated easy to read text. It is a book to read and learn all about the language and core APIs but does not attempt to be a reference manual to the Java specification.

It is a relatively large book but extremely readable as it is littered with concise source code examples, tables, UML diagrams and a good number of review questions for every chapter. At the back there is a full sample exam, consisting of new questions which are supposedly close to those that can be expected on the real exam and a comprehensive answer section.

The author provides an extensive web site (http://www.ii.uib.no/~khalid/pgjc/jcbook/) consisting of a couple of sample chapters, all of the major source code examples and an errata. I would suggest that any even slightly interested person take a look at the sample chapters in order to get a feel for the quality of this title. This book does exactly what it says on the cover.

Highly recommended.