The Sun Certified Associate for the Java Platform, Standard Edition, Exam Version 1.0 certification exam is meant for people who aspire to make a career in the software development industry using Java technologies.

Before taking this exam, you must practice the following:

  1. Understand the three Object-Oriented Programming(OOP) principles- encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance.
  2. Understand UML (Unified Modeling Language) representation of object-oriented concepts.
  3. Design UML diagrams for Java classes, packages, interfaces etc.
  4. Identify Java Platform Technologies such as J2SE, J2ME, and J2EE.
  5. Develop code that uses primitives such as integer, boolean, floating point etc.
  6. Develop code that declares concrete classes, abstract classes, and interfaces.
  7. Develop code that supports implementation and interface inheritance.
  8. Develop code that declares instance attributes and methods.
  9. Develop code that uses the Java access modifiers namely private and public.
  10. Identify fundamental types of statements namely assignment, conditional, and iteration.
  11. Understand the use of packages in the Java language, and the proper use of import and package statements.
  12. Identify the types of classes for the Java packages such as java.awt, javax.swing,,, java.util, etc.
  13. Understand the basic characteristics, benefits, drawbacks, and deployment issues related to creating clients using J2ME midlets.
  14. Understand the basic characteristics of EJB, servlets, JSP, JMS, JNDI, SMTP, JAX-RPC, Web Services (including SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, and XML), and JavaMail.
  15. Understand at a high level the fundamental benefits and drawbacks of using J2EE server-side technologies, and comparing the basic characteristics of the web-tier, business-tier, and EIS tier.

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