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I am using Dietel's Java (TM), How to Program, Sixth Edition for my SCJP5.0 Certification. I don't know if this is a good idea.
 
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What do you guys think? Is it a good reference for the exam? Thanks to all.
 
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There are a few books for the exam, one from Paul Sanghera, one from Kathy Sierra. They have cost me 30 and 50 euro. The exam will cost you about 300 euro. The effort to get prepared for the exam would be say 160 hours. 160 times the salary per hour would be 160 times, say 50 euro is 8000 euro. The profit you will get from having the certification in the job market is probably a few dozen times the cost of the exam. So...

Why the heck would you want to save yourself 50 bucks not buying the right book?
 
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Dear Marc Wentink,

You definitely have a point. This is not my problem though. I don't attempt to save money. However, my problem is actually quite different. I don't have a visa card so e-commerce is quite difficult for me. I am living in Saudi Arabia and these books you talk about are not available in libraries here. I have tried bank transfers and they never reach. So, I am quite stuck actually.

I just wanted to know before just resorting to extreme measures if what I have is enough.
 
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Well I once did a totally different exam, Borland CORBA Visibroker for C++, with only the description of the features I had to learn, and such a thing is really difficult to do. For this exam there was no commercially available book that contained everything.

If you have any means to get the right book, try to obtain it. Otherwise you have to grasp and pluk all the information from different books and sites, like I did with the CORBA exam, and you will still not know if it enough or not.
 
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Thanks man. A friend of mine is coming from the states and I told him to get me Kathy Sierra's book. Thanks again for your advise.
 
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