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Beginning SCJP (keyword: Beginning!) :-)

 
Siki Rikishi
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Hi! I want to get my SCJP certification but, uh, I don't know Java. I've just bought "Head First Java" and have started this. What book(s) should I go through after this? For example, do I need more Java language books or can I begin the Bert and Sierra Java prep book? I really want to achieve this goal but I'm not sure on what path to take (what books, order of books, etc.) and I'm not sure if this is something that I'll have to put on the back burner until many years of programming. I do know how to program (C, C++, Assembly, Perl, smidget of VB) but I've never programmed professionally. I have my tech certifications (MCSE, CNA, etc.) and am doing tech support but I want to get certified in Java. Any advice? Thanks in advance!
P.S. This is a GREAT site! :-)
 
Ralf Rottmann
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Hi Siki (I hope this is your first name :-) ) and welcome to JavaRanch - it's in deed a great site, I personally believe it's the best out there when it comes to sharing Java knowledge and getting your questions answered.
I'm just in the same situation as you are. I started with Head First Java (the BEST book to begin learning Java) and then got along with "Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)" from Kathy and Bert.
I also read "Head First EJB" and "J2EE Developer's Handbook" (Paul J. Perrone) and found these 4 books providing me with everything I need.
I am now facing certification... :-)
Keep my fingers crossed for you and let us now how you progress, please.
 
Ransika deSilva
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Hello Siki Rikishi,
I am also preparing for the Exam. Will be doing it next Month. My story is a little bit different. I have done so many programs earlier, before even thinking about the Exam. Any way what I feel is that, you should buy a study giude and study it well. All the chapters and every thing.
Then when you are ok with the theory parts, try doing some mock exams. Even at Javaranch there is a mock exam. The more you practice the more you get familier with the concepts. If you forget some concepts, try out some small programs with that concept.
I am confident now to do the exam, but who knows what will happen. Any way good luck for the exam and everything.
 
Siki Rikishi
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Thanks for the QUICK replies!! :-)
I guess my question is how good of coder do you have to be in order to pass the exam? For example, I've gotten technical certifications and you simply get the exam prep books and go from there. With this, I would think that you can't do this. For example, I would think that you'd have to learn how to code and once you're good enough then you can think about studying for the exam. I simply don't know how good you need to be or what "good" means in this case. Again, all of this is speculation on my part and it may be a matter of reading my Java book and then moving on to the Java prep book ( I hope!!) :-)
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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Moving this to the SCJP forum...
 
JR Hayes
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HI,
You might want to look into comparing C++ and Java.
I learned programming with C++ (college) and taught myself Java. If you are familar with C++ then Java theory should be easy to understand. I've been spending most of my time learning the syntax.
http://www.javacoffeebreak.com/articles/thinkinginjava/comparingc++andjava.html
 
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