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Book for SCJD

 
Mike Yu
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Hi,
I am looking for a book for SCJD. There is a thread discussing Mehram Habibi's book in this forum. Can someone give some comments on Jamie Jaworski's book (Sun Java 2 Programmer and Developer Exams)?
 
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Unfortunately Jamie's book is a little dated. I personally haven't read it, but do know that it contains a lot about the 1.2 version.
One other book to consider is the RHE book. by Roberts, Heller and Ernest. It is currently reissued. However, I read the previous version and found it very helpful.
I have also read Max's book and found it very informative too, plus you learn a lot about the Java SDK 1.4 improvements. I do feel that his book is better for the current Beta exam and less for the 1.3 version currently in production. I think for the 1.3 version, the solutions that Max's book hints towards adds a little more complexity than is needed. But I still highly recommend Max's book.
Mark
 
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Hi Mark,
Thank you for your suggestion.
How do you think about Mehram's book compared with those you mentioned in your post.
By the way, Java SDK 1.4.1 is currently in production, it is right?
 
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sdk 1.4 is in production, I am not sure which build exactly, you can find that at Sun's web site.
My preference in books unfortunately is not enough for me to post it, so either Max's or RHE is good.
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Mike,
I'd just like to add that it's not always a matter of which book is 'better': It could simply be a matter of which author's voice works best for you as an individual.
James wrote a good book. So did RHE. Are those books better then mine? Yes, if you find their style of discussing ideas to be more clear to you then my style: No, if you find that my style happens to ring more clearly for you. Your choice might be different then mine(or Mark's, or the guy shopping next to you), and that's perfectly appropriate.
I suggest that you go down to your local bookstore, thumb though some certification books, and go from there.
best regards,
M, author
The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4
 
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