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Michael Dykstra
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Hey Guys,

So Ill be straight up front, Im am not an IT guy, lets just say computer dumb. I haven't been in the past nor do I think I am wired that way. However, I REALLY want to change that!
BLUP (Bottom Line Up Front) I have an opportunity in front of me and I really want to take it.

In my previous job I joined a start up (a dream of mine) which focused on building our own application. I was on the business side of things for the most part. Until, I was handed the wheel for developing our UI for the app. Long story short I became a Project manager of a 3 man UI development team and was learning something new EVERY day and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, we lost funding and my job became a hobby, which doesn't at all pay the bills. My wife and I got the news 2 weeks after the birth of our first child. Needless to say I have been searching for a full time job like a mad man!

With everything that I learned with the start up, it only fueled my desire to know the nuts and bolts of why things tick even more. A friend of mine got me in touch with a guy who thinks I would make a good fit for "his" company, however he needs me to be java certified (requirement) to bring me on board. This is where I need some MAJOR help and am at the mercy of the Forum!

I know I need to get the certification through Oracle, but thats where it stops (I wasn't lying when I said computer dumb...). I have no idea what else is needed. Where to get classes, what type of computer do I need (currently borrowing my wifes Mac), how long should I plan on studying before taking the test, how much should I budget for all the course work (remember, I'm unemployed). Any and all classes, information, tools, substance you guys can help me out with would be great. Remember I am wanting to learn from the Ground up, so starting with NO previous knowledge. Imagine a baby learning to speak, thats me, but with Java! I need a step by step list of this is what you need, and this is how you do it. If anyone of you could help me, it would mean the world to me and my family.
 
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The thing with Java is that it runs on any platform, so your Mac is fine.

There are several free Java courses for complete beginners on udemy that walk you through everything.

The books written by the authors here are invaluable, worth every cent.

Take the courses, study the books, take the practise exams that come with them and practise writing Java programs.

Finally, take the Enthuware practise exams--don't even schedule a real exam until you can hack those.

This is what I've been doing (but I'm not new to computers or programming) and I'm taking the OCA this month.

How much time you need depends on how focused you are and how quickly you absorb new information.
 
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Here's what I would do:
  • Look at the Oracle Java Tutorials.  I never looked at them as a rank beginner, but give it a try.
  • Get a copy of Head First Java.  It is an old book and only covers Java up to version 5 (it's on version 8) but it's a good starting place.
  • Purchase the mock exam software Enthuware.  It will give you a good idea of what you need to know to get certified.
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    fred rosenberger
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    I believe you can get a free, legitimate electronic copy of Bruce Eckel's "Thinking in Java" from his website.  Note that this is NOT the best book (in my opinion) for an absolute beginner, but it is free...
     
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    Michael Dykstra wrote: A friend of mine got me in touch with a guy who thinks I would make a good fit for "his" company, however he needs me to be java certified (requirement) to bring me on board.

    Ask your friend what certification the company requires. There's theJunior Associate which I don't think you should take. Then there's the OCA and OCP. There's also the old OCJP for Java 6. Knowing which exam you have to pass to get the job will ensure you study the right version of Java and for the right exam!
     
    AsifM Sheikh
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    Hi Michael,

    If that certificate is OCJP(SCJP) then i can help you as i am OCJP certified with 100% score.
    You can post all your doubts. i will guide you with my Experience.
     
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