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I am in the Java Field for over 6 years and keep on thinking to take the certification exam but somehow couldn't do it. Atlast I starting my certification path today. The messages posted in the JavaRanch motivated me to start today. Thanks to JavaRanch

This is my plan for this year: Start with Programmer, then proceed to Web Component Developer, then Business Component Developer, then Architect.

Any tips or suggestion will be very much helpful to achieve this goal.

Please let me know what book I should buy for Programmer (for Java 1.5).

Thanks
Thanigai
 
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Hi Thanigai,

I'm in much the same boat as you - been a developer for 10 years (lived in the Microsoft C++ world for the first 6), and have been a Java developer for the last 4-5 years. This year I finally decided to do the SCJP, principally as a methodical approach to rounding out my understanding of Java 5 and the new bits and pieces. (OK, a pay rise might be nice too!).

I've found the Study Guide written by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates combined with this forum have been an excellent way to study for it. One of the suggestions early on in the book is to write lots of little programs. I'm half way through the book and have written dozens - mainly just to try things out, especially variations on what's in the book. Each chapter gets it's own package. I can't recommend this technique highly enough. If you're not sure about something, try it out, experiment.

As for this forum, it's is one of the friendliest I've been involved with. Practically devoid of any of that attitude you so often get on other forums. Dunno how they does it, but I know they does it!

Of course, I haven't taken the exam yet, so take this with a couple of grains of salt, otherwise, I hope this is helpful.

Cheers,

Tim
 
Thanigai Venkatesan
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Thank You very much for your response Tim. I just placed an order at Amazon for this book SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5 Study Guide (Exam 310-055) by Katherine Sierra, Bert Bates.

Wishing You Good Luck and All the Best for your Certification Exam.

Thanigai
 
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