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SCJP for Non programing Background

 
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Hi all..Its been great to be on this site since the last week.
I saw some very Joyous messages of passing the exams with different scores.
I am an Architect by profession and have been spending some time on and of for the last 6 months to study java programing. I attempted the exam about 2 months ago with a lot of theory knowledge and after reading books and tutorials.
Would like to those people who come from backgrounds other than IT..and share my feelings.
Now I feel much more confident in Java..but still have no practical experience and have nothing like programing or IT going on in my work environment.
Good luck to all of those who are on this track.
And look forward to share the experiences.
thanks
Nasir
 
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1. take your time
2. read "thinking in java.
its free at www.bruceeckel.com
3. Read " thinking in C++ " chapters on loops, statements
and expressions because it is 99% similar to java!
4. Focus on 1 book for the SCJP. exam cram, Roberts heller
or khalid mughals book.
5. After the test. You must know and understand UML and Data
Structures and Algorithms and design patterns.
2 of the best books that are written in plain english are:
Data structures and Algorithms in java by robert lafore.
Developing software in UML by Oestereich.
Java in Practice: design styles and Idioms for effective java
by warren and bishop.
All 3 books are written in plain english and not cryptic techno
jargon! They are much better the the UML books by the 3 amigos
(inventors of UML) and the gang of 4 ( Writers of the first
book on design patterns which has examples in smalltalk and C++.)
College Text books on Data Structures are extremely math heavy
and math ( trig, cal. stats etc...) are not used in programming
much ! unless you make computer games ( the 3d engines
have tons of physics code, trig, cal. geometry etc...)
http://crystal.linuxgames.com/

this is a free C++ open source 3d engine.
 
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Thanks Erich..
It was really nice of you to guide me..
As you saw in my first post I have a very vague idea of how things work in a programming environment..I mean who is doing what and what is the scope of work of a progrmmer. I mean what is he actually given a as raw material to work on.
I have found out that Sun has a joint cerification track now with IBM and some other companies..How is that track..
Thanks
Nasir
 
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