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Just starting to study for the SCJP 1.4 exam. I've been programming in Java for about 6 years. Took the mock exam at http://www.javacertificate.com/, and realized how much I do NOT know about Java.. Kind of humbling, so I guess I have a lot of work ahead of me.
 
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Well you've come to a great place to start preparing for the exam. There is a lot of good info here and lots of helpful people. If you poke around a bit you'll find recommendations for books to study. You might want to start with the javaranch cert FAQ (http://www.javaranch.com/certfaq.jsp).

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[ January 13, 2006: Message edited by: Mike Noel ]
 
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Hi everyone. I'm just starting to prepare for the exam SCJP as you, but SCJP 1.5.
I haven't any Java programming experience but only C, Cobol, and a bit C++.
I'm a software engineering student in Bologna University. Now I'm studying Java language fundamentals on various books like: "Thinking in Java 3ed", "Java, How to program 6ed (ita)", "Java: The Complete Reference, J2SE 5 Edition" by H.Schild, and I'm waiting to receive from Amazon the new Bates and Sierra book for SCJP 5 exam preparation.
What do u think about preparing the SCJP exams without Java programming experiences?
I think this is a fantastic forum for learning Java!

Thanks.

Barry.
 
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Well, this is what I did when I studied for the exam.

I subscribed to Safari which is an IT online library and there you can get all the java books you want for about 10 bucks a month, read them completely online and then return them.

Visit Safari first Safari Informit you won�t regret it. There you can get all the Java Books from from OReilly, QUE, Addison Wesley and all those nice publishers.

I also downloaded the Java Language Specification Third Edition which gave me very advance insight in every topic covered in the exam, actually most of the exam objectives are covered in a very profound way in this book. This is the Java Bible.

I also used the Java Virtual Machine Specification to solve some doubts, so it might help, too.

Finally, I got an Exam Simulator. I strongly recommend Whizlabs. You can download a demo to see it first, but I can tell you they are really, really good. It comes whit 10 different preparation exams, about 900 questions in different levels (beginner, intermediate and expert) a autoevaluation exam, and simulation of the final test. It has a world class interface that simulates very well the real exam interface and at the end of every exam you can see the questions you failed, why you failed and a complete explanation of the real answers.

You can also customized your own exams in order to work on your deficient areas. And it just costs about 50 bucks. But you won�t regret it.

Regards,
Edwin Dalorzo.
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go thru this
 
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