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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Java2 Certification Tutorial

by Marcus Green
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 3 stars
Reviewed: Dec 01, 2003 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: This site provides a study guide and tutorial for the Java Programmer
Certification Exam. In addition, this site is a beginner's guide to developing
Java2 code. The web site provides a step-by-step tutorial for Java2
Certification.

Learning Goals: The major goal of this site is to help the student pass the Java Programmer
Certification Exam. Whether you are a new or an experienced enterprise
developer, you should find the examples and accompanying text helpful for
creating an accessible knowledge base for creating your own Java solutions.

Target Student Population: Students with a working knowledge of Java who wish to review for the Java
Programmer Certification Exam.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Students must have a working knowledge of Java (understanding of basic Java
programming skills).

Type of Material: The material is tutorial in nature to downloads and additional resources. It
includes links to practice exams and other materials describing what is covered
in the Java 2 Certification Exam.
Recommended Uses: This material is to be used by a student in reviewing for the Java 2 Competency
Exam. The best use of this material would be to practice the tutorial outside of
class time to reinforce the class assignments and lecture.

Technical Requirements: Can be used with current browsers. It would be helpful to actually download the
Java development program to try the actual programs as you go through the
tutorial.


Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Provides information helful in studying for the Java 2 Competency Exam. It
includes links to sample questions and a section for FAQ. It also contains
several tutorials that will help a student learn the Java architecture, become
acquainted with important terms and concepts, and find out how to approach
application programming, assembly, and deployment. I liked the
questions at the end of each section for learning comprehension.

Concerns: Some of the material seems to be dated. Some links were not working when I
tested the materials. In addition, this is a commercial site that has book
sales, but the material is still solid and helpful. Many advanced topics are
available on the site but a student would need previous knowledge of Java
programming.


Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This site provided information helful in studying for the Java 2 Competency
Exam. It includes links to sample questions and a section for FAQ.
Use is limited to those wishing to pass the certification test. Material
describes what is on the exam and what is not.
Concerns: Limited in scope. Dated. Not all the links worked as well as some broken
links. Home page is very busy and poorly designed from my perspective.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Describes what is on the exam and what is not. The site really is reviewing for
the Certification Exam.

Concerns: Limited scope of material. Dated material and broken links. It may not be as
helpful if you have no interest in the Exam, and just want to
learn Java.


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