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Hi,
I am a C Programmer.I am planning to take up the Java Programmers Certification.To start with i have read a couple of chapter from the following books.
1)Head First Java by Cathy
2)Core Java 2 Vol 1 by Cay
I just want to know as to how i should go about with the studying?Does one have to master both the Vol 1 & 2 of the book "Core Java 2" to take up the exam.Which is the best book to learn & master Java ?
I am kind of lost on deciding on which book is best.So do advice me on how to go about in the process of getting the java Certification.
Thanks in advance for all the help.
 
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Prestep:
Learn about Object Oriented Analysis and Design.
I would suggest that you read
1. Java in a NutShell (Oreilly Book, get the 1.4 edition) has some chapters about the differences between java and C/C++.
2. Thinking in Java By Bruce Eckel (3rd edition)
3. Do the example programs and assignments.
4. Design a project that uses Swing, Threads, and I/O classes.
5. Implement the project
6. Get the Java Certification book by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.
I suggest steps 1-5 first because it will make studying a lot easier. When you get to step 6 there won't be so many suprises. The key thing is java is to learn about the rich set of classes that are offered.
There are other books to get. I highly recommend this one:
Java Collections John Zukowiski
Take your time to absorb the material in this book.
 
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Hi Preethi,
If you want to be strong in Java, I prefer Reginald's way.
If you just want to have Java certification, get the book in 6 specified by Reginald, read it couple of times, do sample code, take maximum mock exams possible given in the links here and there you are ready for Certification.
Good Luck.
 
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I am scheduled to appear for SCJP on 11th of this month. Just wanted to share my exp. with you.
I bought two books. K&B (item # 6 in the first post) and Exam Cram.
K&B is very descriptive and explains the concepts brilliantly.
Whereas Exam cram can be considered as the jist of K&B (for that matter any certification book).
SO i used to read Examprep for each chapter (used to take 1-2 hrs) and then read the same chapter in K&B. So this way i used to have basic understanding of the chapter before starting in K&B.
I strongly believe these two books are good enough for the concepts. Besides, there are so many mock exams available on the net.
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