Hi, I'm studying at a community college in Kansas City. I am picking up the material very well. I want to take the SCJP to boost my resume, but I don't know how much experience or knowledge I should have before thinking seriously about this exam. What level of programming knowledge do I need?
It's hard to say how much time you have to spend in Java before you should study for certification. Most people I know that are working towards SCJP have been programming in Java for a least a couple of years, but you certainly don't have to wait that long.
I'd say if you flip through an intermediate Java book and feel fairly comfortable, then you're probably ready to start studying for certification. Grab a certification book and see if it makes sense. If things aren't clicking, then it might be a good idea to spend some time working through The Java Tutorial and then come back to the certification book when you think you've got your bearings.
i think there is a difference between a gud programmer and SCJP exam certification . For instance its considered a very bad design pattern to hide the fields in an inherited method but it is an impt concept for SCJP exam
I think (if u have no experience with programming) u shd start with the java tutorial at the sun site or u can start with java 2 the complete reference by herbert schield . if u have some C++ experience then u shd try thinking in java later u can try SCJP specific books .