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Beginner in java and planning certification

 
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Hello Everybody

I am starting java from scratch now and I bought the following books:

HFJ 2nd edition
Java Dummies for Java 6(all in one)
SCJP 6 by Kathy n Bert

My goal is to learn java ,practice simple programs and do a very small project which would help me understand concepts better and then go ahead with SCJP 6.
All this in around 5 months or so.Would this be possible or I should change any of my steps in plan for certification i.e SCJP 6.

I had done a mini project around 4 years ago and lost touch completely with java,and moreover I could not improve or test my programming skills during the commencement of project as it was a group with only 1 person programming all the time.I had no much chance to do proper programming even at a beginner level.So, What do you suggest me with the above plan,because I want to complete SCJP 6 by 6 months with some proficiency in java before joining university,so I can carry on my projects with less hassels and less dependency.


Would appreciate your help n thanks a ton
ashwathi
 
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With you having some experience, I suggest try to finish HFJ asap. From there it takes around 2 months of hardwork. K&B is good enough as a book to prepare for the exam.
 
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I agree,

you'll need at least 2 months to complete the book (K&B). And this period will really be a hard time, trust me.
 
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Don't forget about mock exams along with K&B . You can get a list of free and paid mock exams here ...
 
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Best is reading book througly ..
You can do chapter wise mock test . Then you can idea about every chapter.
There are several mock test and sets available to attend free

 
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Thanks a ton to all of you ....what do you suggest regarding a small rather a mini project before I start preparing for SCJP6? well I just thought of improving and getting better and then go ahead with SCJP...all I for sure know its painful process .....any suggestions OR is it better to do normal practice alongside for small programs and go straightway for SCJP6? Which all of you think is a better choice?

Thanks and appreciate your help
ashwathi
 
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If you have some basic knowledge in java, such as objects, strings, arrays, packages.threads, collections etc. I wud say start reading K&B. Whenever you have questions on some topic in the book, try to solve it in your system first. If that doesnt work, post questions here. Once you are done, you can start taking mocks.

For detail information..please refer to FAQ link on top of the page.

Good luck
 
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