Dec 01, 2003 by
Information Technology Editorial Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
Identify Major 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).
Evaluation and Observation
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.
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
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.
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
Describes what is on the exam and what is not. The site really is reviewing for the Certification Exam.
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.