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Did anybody proved one don't need to buy a book to clear these certifications, YET?!

 
Sree Va
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I (most of we) would like to know:


With availability of Java Tutorial at the source, people around the world answering your questions, assuring your understanding, some free books, some free tutorials, free excerpts, many mock tests,..........
Is it possible to clear these certifications without purchasing a book?
Does it serve the purpose of certification by just reading A book and getting certified?!
 
Barry Gaunt
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Of course you can pass the test without buying a book and using free material on the web. Book discussions belong in our Bunkhouse forum. Follow the link at the top of this topic...

Please continue the discussion in the Bunkhouse.
 
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Books are only one media for transferring information from one head to another head. Books can help to manage the vast amount of very distributed information about Java. They can act as a filter to discard irrelevant information or they can enrich the information. So a good book, although not essential, is a great help to a examination candidate. Take a look in your local library or book shop there are some fine books available. Choose one with the style you like - academic style or more one of those based on cognitive psychology.

But if you want to pass an exam, any exam, without reading a book, there are, as you quite rightly remarked, excellent alternative resources to be found on the internet and elsewhere.

The certification forums are mainly populated by those who are studying to pass an examination rather than who have already passed one. Peruse our Sun Certification Results for candidates who have passed their exam but have mentioned that they used no books.
 
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Yes you can pass the exam without buying a book, but why make life hard for yourself, why not buy a book that is explicitly designed to help you pass the exam?.
 
Ilja Preuss
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What it comes down to is that there is a wide range of resources to learn from - whether for a certification or some other goal. Some people like to learn from books, others prefer other resources. For some, the costs in terms of money is an important criterion, for others other reasons will prevail.
 
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Imagine that someone who's going to save the planet needs to learn Java in pursuit of this goal. If the appropriate book saves her a hundred hours in her learning, then I'd say that's a great use of resources.

In other words, good resources can save a lot of time. If a candidate has a lot of time then perhaps piecing together the required resouces with which to study is a good call. On the other hand, for a lot of people, their time has value, and if investing in the proper, focused resources can save hours of time, the investment is a good one.
 
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