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Studying Advice for a newbie

 
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Hi Guys,

I'm a newbie in the world of Java. I took an introduction course through a collage called Intec apparently it was a waist of time and money. Oracle doesn't recognize this course.

Having enjoyed this course I would like to get qualified to enter the java job market. Being newbie that knows no Devs personally I'm here seeking advice form you guys as what to study. Should I study SE or EE (5,6,7,8), where to study, what kind of package to take ect.

If you guys need any more info from me please feel free to ask.

Thanks in advanced.

 
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Ray mann wrote:
Should I study SE or EE (5,6,7,8), where to study, what kind of package to take ect.



Yes.

In your post you did not say if you are a programmer and learning Java or you are a layman and want to get into programming, if it is the latter, then go back to college and major in programming. If it is the former, then Oracle has some great tutorials I like the "Really Big Tutorial" and there are several programming paths to take there in their other tutorials. "Head First Java" is a nice book to get a hold of and lean. Find a small project to work on in your current employment, if you are a programmer, that can apply Java so you can work into getting some experience.

Something I am seeing now, and have since before I graduated college back in the day, is you need to have 2 to 4 years of experience to get an entry level job or a Degree in Computer Science or a closely related field where schooling will substitute 1 for 1 on years of experience, so basically 4 years experience or a BS in Computer Science to get an entry level job in programming--and we expect you to hit the road running on the first day!

BTW: a Computer Science degree aces out an Information Systems degree when you are looking for programming work.
 
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Unfortunately I am not a programmer, I only program in my free time. As for collage it is not an option at this stage, I live in south Africa (different education system to that of the states ) and in order for me to do that Id have to study full time and I cant afford that at this stage.

So being a layman what are my options?
Are there some good books that will help me to grasp core concepts?

I did relatively well in the course I did I got 89%. Here is a link to the text book not sure if that helps Text Book Sample

Thanks for the reply and any further help
 
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This is my favorite tutorial for Java, it goes over just about everything.

http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/reallybigindex.html

Ray mann wrote:Unfortunately I am not a programmer, I only program in my free time. As for collage it is not an option at this stage, I live in south Africa (different education system to that of the states ) and in order for me to do that Id have to study full time and I cant afford that at this stage.

So being a layman what are my options?
Are there some good books that will help me to grasp core concepts?

I did relatively well in the course I did I got 89%. Here is a link to the text book not sure if that helps Text Book Sample

Thanks for the reply and any further help

 
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Ok very useful, great stuff. Thanks I greatly appreciate the response. so back to my first posts question.... Should I study SE or EE, what version 5,6,7,8 and I will be doing the oracle associate certification to start, once I know what version to get certified for. What is a good study guide book for the version we decide on ?

Thanks again
 
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Ok so i found the best one to study is going to be SE7 ....so can anyone suggest some good study guides to go with it?

thanks again
 
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Hey folks!

I have been study for OCJP6, but, nowadays is a good idea make this exam? or go to OCA7 and OCJP7 ?

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Romero Dias
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