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Hi all, I`m new on this forum so be gentle

I`d like to take a SCJP, but I don`t really know what version would better for me - I mean, the SE5 or SE6.

The SE6 is the newest, as I see from the SUN website. But I can`t find any certification guide book that focuses on this version.

The most updated certification book that I can find, is aimed to the SE5, thus the question, should I better prepare myself for a scjp SE5 - and eventually do a later update ?

At the moment I�m studying on the good Bruce Eckel book �thinking in java� 4th edition. It covers java SE5/6. It�s a good book, but perhaps a bit too vaste for the certification.

On the other side, the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Certified-Programmer-310-055-Certification-Guides/dp/0072253606/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213954943&sr=1-1
seems good - as mentioned in this forum - and is aimed to SE5.

So instead of reading the 1450 pages of Thinking in Java, could I make a better use of my spare time reading something more concise and focused on the certification ? But here again the question, which book and which certification (SE5 or SE6) ?

I`ve searched the forum already to see if this puzzle was already answered, but could not find one. Please forgive me if it was an obvious question.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Sergio.
 
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Use the SCJP study guide for java 5. You can then read the extra topics for java 6 using online resources. The extra topics for SCJP 6 are not organized in any form yet. You will have to read bits and pieces and get to know the other topics.

Take the SCJP 6. Its the latest and will last for a while
 
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Ok sorry, the name has been modified right now - but it does not still appear in the topic starter.

Thanks for the reply so far. It seems that I may better follow the certification books for version 5 and then integrate it with other resources.

But at this point, wouldn`t better take a scjp on se5 ?

Sergio.
 
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But at this point, wouldn`t better take a scjp on se5 ?



That is your choice really. The SCJP 5 and 6 are equally challenging.
 
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At this point I'd advise Java 6. The two exams are almost identical, only the Console class and Navigable Collections were added, and only System.gc() was removed. You can find what you need on these new topics in the API.

FWIW, our new book should be available in the next month or so, and while it does include coverage of the new topics, and a new mock exam, I would recommend it only if you don't have the current book AND you were planning to buy it anyway. In other words, if you've already got K&B 5 - we really DON'T recommend that you get K&B 6 - not that much changed.

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I can reiterate what the previous poster has said: the updates to 1.6 are small and therefore I would recommend doing this version as your certification will be less "out-of-date" in the future when Java is updated.

The book written by Bert Bates and Cathy Sierra is excellent and well worth the money. If you want practice questions for both 1.5 and 1.6 you could do much worse than go to javabeat.net . They have a number of free questions but also offer a pack of 300 mock questions for just $10 which is superb value. I've used them myself to prepare and I have to know as I run workshops in certification.
 
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I too recommend scjp 6. I did that exam today and got 93%. I studied for Java 5 (K&B study guide, whizlabs) and spent only few hours for newly added Java 6 classes. Actually I got only 2 or 3 questions from those areas.
 
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Originally posted by Gayan Sadeep:
I too recommend scjp 6. I did that exam today and got 93%. I studied for Java 5 (K&B study guide, whizlabs) and spent only few hours for newly added Java 6 classes. Actually I got only 2 or 3 questions from those areas.



Congrats !
 
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Thank you all for the wise suggestions.

So I�m going to order the K&B study guide version 6. It has not been printed yet, but as I read, it will be available at the end of July 2008.

In the meantime, I keep going with �thinking in java� from Bruce Eckel - even if it is, as said, quite vaste.

But I really wonder if I should do otherwise. I mean, from what I�ve read so far, it would be better to prepare the certification on - at least - two different books.

So, in case of SE6 certification, is there some book I should really read, in order to integrate the K&B study guide ?

Sergio.

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@Gayan, you�ve got a private message.
[ June 23, 2008: Message edited by: sergio rossi ]
 
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