hi i have only four months.i know only the basics of c and c++..new to java.i want to do scjp.how to start with??? i have head first java book and khalid mughal book.will it be possible to pass the exam with in 4 months as a beginner.whether to refer any other books .please help me.i dont have confidence if i see all the questions that are asked in this forum.all looks new to me.
>>>> "......i have head first java book and khalid mughal book."
First finish the head first java book and then start Khalid mughal.
>>>"...will it be possible to pass the exam with in 4 months as a beginner."
It depends on how much effort you put on? 1/2 hr, 1 hr or 2hrs a day?
>>>"...whether to refer any other books."
I guess those are enough, but K&B book also good one to refer.
>>>"...i dont have confidence if i see all the questions that are asked in this forum.all looks new to me. "
You only said that you "know only the basics of c and c++.." So, if you see the SCJP questions, definitely you will be scared. Don't do that.. first learn the subject then look into questions.
>>>>"...i have only four months."
Its enough to learn java and take certification if you are serious about it.
i feel if you really put your mind in the subject, i think you can pass. 4 months is enough.
i dont know how other people study, but this is how i studied and in next 10 days i am taking SCJP and i am pretty much confident i will pass. (and i have only taken 3 months)
1.Since i have studied C in my graduation, i had pretty much idea of programming concepts. But when i started learning java, i found it very difficult to digest OOP. So first thing i did was run to the nearest book store and buy "Beginning Java Objects: From Concepts to Code - JACQUIE BARKER", which makes you think everything in object oriented way and puts a very solid foundation in OOP. of course it also gives some java fundamentals to start with. So after completing this book when you see a block of code in java you know what is all about(in terms of OOP). i took 1 month for this.
2.Next i bought 2 books "1.Java-A Beginner's Guide-Herbert Schildt" and "2.Sun Certified Prgrammer Guide-K&B". Instead of first finishing "Java-A Beginner's Guide" and then going to certificaton guide, i started with K&B directly.
3.In K&B, first i checked begining chapter and its objectives - go through once, just to feel what all they have covered, without much concentration - and then go to "Java-A Beginner's Guide", study only those objectives deeply, practice sufficently on PC - come back again to K&B, and try to memorize the rules you have to remember - take tests - and move to next chapter. this way you dont have to waste too much time on every page & every concept in foundation book before even toucing K&B. (took 2 months, and almost near to finish)
4.Take suffecient mock test and keep visiting this thread and try to solve every problem users post.
Of course this brings the BIG question - Is it worth learning java this way?
Of course not,you can only pass certfication - but to get good grip on java you have to work on real life pojects.
Its like "I have very solid English grammer - but i cant speak in English neither i could write a novel in English"
It OK for me, because my employeer has asked me to proove that i have learned Java by taking SCJP certification, so that he can put me in java project as junior programmer without effecting coordination of pros already working on that project.
Best of luck...
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