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Exam Objectives of SCJP 1.4

This section provides exam objectives of Sun's JavaTM 2 Programmer's (1.4) certification exam. These are taken directly from Sun's site and are included here for reference purposes. The objectives for 1.2 are also available at Javaprepare.

  • Write code that declares, constructs, and initializes arrays of any base type using any of the permitted forms both for declaration and for initialization.
  • Declare classes, inner classes, methods, instance variables, static variables, and automatic (method local) variables making appropriate use of all permitted modifiers (such as public, final, static, abstract, and so forth). State the significance of each of these modifiers both singly and in combination, and state the effect of package relationships on declared items qualified by these modifiers.
  • For a given class, determine if a default constructor will be created, and if so, state the prototype of that constructor.
  • Identify legal return types for any method given the declarations of all related methods in this or parent classes.
  • Write code using if and switch statements and identify legal argument types for these statements.
  • Write code using all forms of loops including labeled and unlabeled use of break and continue, and state the values taken by loop control variables during and after loop execution.
  • Write code that makes proper use of exceptions and exception handling clauses (try, catch, finally) and declares methods and overriding methods that throw exceptions.
  • Recognize the effect of an exception arising at a specified point in a code fragment. Note: The exception may be a runtime exception, a checked exception, or an error (the code may include try, catch, or finally clauses in any legitimate combination).
  • Write code that makes proper use of assertions, and distinguish appropriate from inappropriate uses of assertions.
  • Identify correct statements about the assertion mechanism.

  • State the behavior that is guaranteed by the garbage collection system.
  • Write code that explicitly makes objects eligible for garbage collection.
  • Recognize the point in a piece of source code at which an object becomes eligible for garbage collection.
  • Identify correctly constructed package declarations, import statements, class declarations (of all forms including inner classes) interface declarations, method declarations (including the main method that is used to start execution of a class), variable declarations, and identifiers.
  • Identify classes that correctly implement an interface where that interface is either java.lang.Runnable or a fully specified interface in the question.
  • State the correspondence between index values in the argument array passed to a main method and command line arguments.
  • Identify all Java programming language keywords. Note: There will not be any questions regarding esoteric distinctions between keywords and manifest constants.
  • State the effect of using a variable or array element of any kind when no explicit assignment has been made to it.
  • State the range of all primitive formats, data types and declare literal values for String and all primitive types using all permitted formats bases and representations.
  • Determine the result of applying any operator, including assignment operators and instanceof, to operands of any type, class, scope, or accessibility, or any combination of these.
  • Determine the result of applying the boolean equals(Object) method to objects of any combination of the classes java.lang.String, java.lang.Boolean, and java.lang.Object.
  • In an expression involving the operators &, |, &&, ||, and variables of known values state which operands are evaluated and the value of the expression.
  • Determine the effect upon objects and primitive values of passing variables into methods and performing assignments or other modifying operations in that method.
  • State the benefits of encapsulation in object oriented design and write code that implements tightly encapsulated classes and the relationships "is a" and "has a".
  • Write code to invoke overridden or overloaded methods and parental or overloaded constructors; and describe the effect of invoking these methods.
  • Write code to construct instances of any concrete class including normal top level classes, inner classes, static inner classes, and anonymous inner classes.
  • Write code to define, instantiate and start new threads using both java.lang.Thread and java.lang.Runnable.
  • Recognize conditions that might prevent a thread from executing.
  • Write code using synchronized wait, notify and notifyAll to protect against concurrent access problems and to communicate between threads.
  • Define the interaction among threads and object locks when executing synchronized wait, notify or notifyAll.
  • Write code using the following methods of the java.lang.Math class: abs, ceil, floor, max, min, random, round,
  • sin, cos, tan, sqrt.
  • Describe the significance of the immutability of String objects.
  • Describe the significance of wrapper classes, including making appropriate selections in the wrapper classes to suit specified behavior requirements, stating the result of executing a fragment of code that includes an instance of one of the wrapper classes, and writing code using the following methods of the wrapper classes (e.g., Integer, Double, etc.):
    • doubleValue
    • floatValue
    • intValue
    • longValue
    • parseXxx
    • getXxx
    • toString
    • toHexString
  • Make appropriate selection of collection classes/interfaces to suit specified behavior requirements.
  • Distinguish between correct and incorrect implementations of hashcode methods.

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