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which would you suggest i get? i would love to get them all, but have limited time/funds. i am a beginer, more or less. i am trying to use java as much as i can, but some of the finer points still are cloudy to me. any help would be appreciated. thanx.
 
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Hey Eric
You could download the Java Tutorial from Sun which will help bring you up to speed before embarking on finer points of Certification with a study guide.
What's more the tutorial is free!
http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/?frontpage-spotlight
I know with Mughal and Rasmussen, they stress some background in programming (but this is not to say you can't get Certified without writing some Java code but it helps)
All the best Jim
 
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Try looking here for some reviews on Certification books
http://www.javaranch.com/bunkhouse/bunkhouseCertification.jsp
 
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thank you!
 
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For a general introduction to programming with java I recommend this tutorial..
For a good combination of hands on and certification study, I recommend A Programmers Guide to Java Certification by Khalid Azim Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen.
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You may want to check the excellent Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel
at http://codeguru.earthweb.com/java/tij/tij_c.shtml
You can read it for free.
 
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Me thinks RHE is the best for the test prep.
You probably want to use "Java Tutorial" if you need to study some topics, RHE is for the test.
I have used Mughal as well, but I still believe RHE is better.
- Manish
 
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Originally posted by Manish Hatwalne:
Me thinks RHE is the best for the test prep.
You probably want to use "Java Tutorial" if you need to study some topics, RHE is for the test.
I have used Mughal as well, but I still believe RHE is better.
- Manish


For pure test prep, I couldn't agree more. I think Mughal is better for getting the overall understanding of java.
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Could you explain what is RHE?
 
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Hi,
I believe both Mughal and RHE(Java Certification Study Guide, by Sim Roberts and Heller).. are very good books..
If you have time constraint.. go for RHE... It will be good for you.. I have finshed studying RHE. Now i am preparing Mughal, if you have time dont miss this book....
Really wonderful book...
regards,
Suresh
 
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Nancy RHE is a acronym for the book The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide by Simon Roberts Phillip Heller and Micheal Ernest.
Simply the first letters of the surnames of the authors.
 
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I would have betted on Khalid Mughal's "A Programmer's Guide To Java Certification"....
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Muhammad Ashikuzzaman (Fahim)
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
--When you learn something, learn it by heart!
 
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thanks for the imput!
 
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Dont forget JCHQ tutorial, freely available and focused tightly on the exam objectives.
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Java 2 Exam Prep, 2nd Edition by Bill Brogden and Marcus Green
http://www.jchq.net Mock Exams, FAQ,
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