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I am working my way through Head First java, I have some other books as well and I am looking to transition in to a software development type of career. I am hoping to get my SCJP eventually but I start grad school so I do not know how much time I will have. What informatoin should I know before applying to entry level java jobs and going on interviews? I have been on a technical interview but it was more on the support/networking side.
 
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One thing right off the top of my head is knowing OOP down pat. Learn it, understand it, love it.
 
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Any reading you would recommend? I currently have head first java, the java developers notebook and several SCJP books.
 
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Mark,
Once you know core java by doing SCJP, there are choices to further path.
1) Advanced core java programming. Here you will deal with multithreading, IO, Socket Programming,Reflection and stuff like that.
2) Java Swing. Here you will do user interfaces using Swing.
3) Is web development which has user interface with JSP, HTML,javascript,AJAX, XSL etc. This is big field with more competetion as well. Here you will do development in User interface + server side development using many frameworks, plus server side components like EJB, messaging like JMS, webservices, so many things.

So you will have to choose where you would like to go furhter.

What informatoin should I know before applying to entry level java jobs and going on interviews?


You should know core java ( which SCJP will cover ), some jdbc, basic queries, update, insert sql statements, Object oriented concepts. Apart from that if you know JSP, servlets it will be added advantage.
 
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-- OO Concepts
-- Language fundamentals
-- Web paradigms and key fundamentals -- for example stateless nature of http protocol, Servlets, JSPs, etc
-- Basic knowledge in SQL, XML, Database, JDBC, etc
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