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Hi all,

I got the SCJP 1.4 Certification, and now I would like to know EVERYTHING about 1.5...is Head First Java 1.5 enough?

For the SCJP I studied from K&B, should I buy Head First Java 1.5 or is there something cheaper or smaller that covers ALL the differences between 1.4 and 1.5?

Thank you in advance!
Giovanni
 
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hi there,
your mentioned scjp 1.5...is it new java test--> java 5.0 test???

i only heard of scjp1.2 and scjp1.4 plus new java 5.0 test.
 
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No book is going to tell you EVERYTHING about an entirely new version of a language. However the Headfirst books cover a lot of material, but more importantly they cover it in a way that many people find is easy to absorb. So it is possible that some other book might be more comprehensive, but if you are looking for something to learn from, rather than a reference book then headfirst could be a very good choice. Note that as far as I am aware the headfirst books are not aimed at people studying for the Programmers exam, although they would make a good companion source.
 
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Hi Marcus,
I am already SCJP certified, what I need is a good reference to catch up with the new stuff that comes with Java 1.5...I know about the Head First Series, I own a copy of Head First Servlet & JSP.

Anything like a detailed summary of the changes brought by Java 1.5?

Thank you.
Giovanni
 
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Sure - check out New Features and Enhancements from the JDK 5 Documentation. That's about as complete as you're going to get, and written for people who are already familiar with previous Java versions. That's how I learned most of what I know about Tiger.

There are also a couple books I know of which target this market: Java 1.5 Developer's Notebook and Java 2 v5.0 (Tiger) New Features. I haven't read either one, so I can't say how good they are.
 
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Thanks Jim!
That's exactly what I was looking for!

Giovanni
 
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Giovanni,

It sounds like you are posting like you think Head First Java is a certification book and it is not. Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates also have a certification book for SCJP, but it is not HFJ. I'm pretty sure the new version is not published yet.

Originally posted by Giovanni De Stefano:
Hi Marcus,
I am already SCJP certified, what I need is a good reference to catch up with the new stuff that comes with Java 1.5...I know about the Head First Series, I own a copy of Head First Servlet & JSP.

Anything like a detailed summary of the changes brought by Java 1.5?

Thank you.
Giovanni

 
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Hi Carol,
I don't think I ever wrote that Head First Java is a Certification book...Head First Servlet & JSP IS A CERTIFICATION BOOK THOUGH...and more I used K&B to study for the SCJP Certification.

I was not looking for a SCJP Certification book but simply for something that could show me the differences between 1.4 and 1.5.

Jim gave me the answer I was looking for and I actually just bought one of the books he suggested, Java 2 v5.0 (Tiger) New Features.

Thank you all,
Giovanni
 
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OK, my mistake. Glad you found what you were looking for.
 
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My two cents / update:

- The old "K & B", book is for SCJP 1.4
- We're working on an update to "K & B" for Tiger - we'll be looking for volunteers to tech edit our mocks very soon... don't apply just yet, I'll start a new thread soon

- HF Java, the new, Tiger edition is NOT a certification book, it is also not a complete coverage of Tiger features. Remember HFJ is meant to be a beginner's book, and lots o' tiger features are way past the beginner's stage.

HTH,

Bert

p.s. HF EJB is a cert book, and HF Servlets is a cert book - they are also meant to be intro books, even if you don't want to take the exam.
 
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Hi Bert,
What an honor to have one of my favorite authors in one of my threads!

It's weird to see your name BOTH on the cover of the book I am reading right now (Head First Servlet & JSP) AND here... :-)

I believe I am NOT a beginner anymore... ;-) I used K&B for the SCJP, tonight I bought HF Design Patterns and HF EJB...I wish there was an HF XML...but I had to buy Professional XML, 2nd Ed.

You guys are doing an outstanding job with your HF series...I have never had this kind of fun reading a programming book! For a change, my friends now think that I am even more of a computer freak than they used to think!!! :-)

Back to the book...
Giovanni

P.S. BTW I started this thread only because I want to know the changes that came with Java 1.5 (or 5.0 whatever!), Jim kindly told me everything I needed, I also bought one of the books he recommended...and it seems to cover everything.
 
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