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Planning to get certified

 
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I am planning to get myself certified as a Java programmer. I have started with Marcus Green tutorials on jchq.net.I am working on Java and related technologies.
Please let me know which is the best way to study for this exam. Wht period of time shd i study before i give this exam.
There are lot of resources on the net.Hence i am confused.Let me know the names of five best sites for material to study for this exam.
Thanks for all the help!!!
Jayashree
 
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Do a search on this forum ( or browse around the site) and locate Maha Anna's excellent compilation of mock exams and study strategies. Also look through the forum and find links to teh FAQ about certification study.
 
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Hi Jayashree,
How long you study is up to you ...
IMO the easiest way to learn a java is the following:
1. Get a good book (maybe more than one!)
2. Get your favorite editor
3. Download the JDK from Sun
4. Program, program, program. Try out every example from the book. Run it, change it, anything to understand what is happening ...
5. Take mock exams found on Web
6. Get certified if you want to
7. Live a happy and successful life!
Web sites are full of mis-information and mistakes. Books have been through editing procedures that will have found most misleading mistakes. At least the book will have some errata fixing the errors.
If you must use Web sites, you should make sure about the validity with forums such as Mock Exam Errata here at the Ranch.
Maha anna has a very good list of mock exams:
http://www.javaranch.com/maha/_Mock_Exams/_mock_exams.html
Regards,
Manfred.
 
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Jayashree
Here are several links that are well worth checking out:
certification books
certification FAQ

Marcus Green’ site

maha’ pages
mock exams
SCJP Objectives
as far as study time goes that is entirely dependent on you and your knowledge, your study habits, your ability to retain information, ....
Sun says you should have 6 months of programming experience before taking the test...
There are plenty of mock exams out there to test your readiness too - try JQ+ it is actaully harder than the real test when you consistently get above 75% on that then you are probably ready.
Like the previous post mentioned there have been plenty of discussions on this already, do a
search on preparation or something similar and you'll get a whole slew of threads to read.
good luck
 
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My son,
Three point denotes for future.
1.Three books consults1.patrick Nauthton c/r
2.Text book in sjp
 
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RHE, KM and Bruce Eckel's Thinking in java
RHE:Robert/Heller/Ernest
KM: Khalid/Mughal
RHE: easy to read for beginner and understand
KM: goes deeper into each concept/topic. Complements RHE very well.
Thinking in java: not a first book on java. book is for further grasping the concepts in java.
and ofcourse when in doubt always refer to JLS.
JLS is a reference, not for learning purposes. ie concepts and language rules that you would need careful scrutiny.
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