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Preparation - Java Tutorials

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Oracle is maintaniing the various java certifications that were created by Sun at There's a Learning Paths page at

Prior to actually studying for the exam, I need to learn the language. My first thought is that I should complete all of the following Learning Tracks:

New To Java
Getting Started
Learning the Java Language
Essential Java Classes

Building On The Foundation
Packaging Programs In JAR Files
JavaBeans – The Java platform's component technology.
The Extension Mechanism

But I'm not sure if (a) all the tutorials are neccessary, and (b) if any of the other tutorials listed for client or server support are useful.

So the questions are:
Should I go through all the tutorials listed, or are any of them not related to the exam?
Are any of the other tutorials on the tutorial page pertinent to the exam?

(After I complete the tutorials, I planned on going through the Certification tutorial (, then getting a decent book -- probably Sierra / Bates -- and then taking the test.)

I do have programming experience, just not in Java.
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A lot of the topics from the list are not on the exam like internationalization, reflection etc. You can check the ScjpFaq to know what topics are covered on the exam (search for SCJP objectives). For a beginner I would recommend that you actually learn java through a book. You can try Head First Java or Java for Dummies...
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