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Jamie Martel

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Recent posts by Jamie Martel

Hi Andy,
Did you run your test? I'd be interested in your findings :-)
Hi,
I had a look at the first chapter. I love all the visuals! It is very entertaining and as interactive as a book can be. We need more I.T. books like this, rather than some of the drole, serious stuff that is produced. Why not make learning as fun as possible?! Most refreshing!
Cheers,
Thanks Kathy,
I agree. Being an active learner, for me, exercises are the best way to learn. I'm glad that's it's your philosophy too - the book should be good!
Cheers,
Hi,
I'd like to hear from anyone who has already taken the SCBCD exam, and of their experience of it, the resources they used, what was helpful and what wasn't.
Thanks,
To Kathy and Bert,
Will your new book cover everything necessary for this new exam? Or are there other recommended sources for preparation too? I've heard people say that the Hanumant book for the SCWCD exam was complete in itself, and got them through the exam with high scores. Is this book similar?
Thanks,
By the way Rob,
you may want to use a different download site, depending on where you are - the one in my last post points to Australia.
Just go to www.eclipse.org
Minnie
SCJP
16 years ago
Hi Rob,
I too develop on the mac (OS X) using Java. I've just started using eclipse, which seems to work quite well. Give it a go and see what you think:
http://eclipse.planetmirror.com/downloads/
Minne,
SCJP
16 years ago
Hi,
I know exactly what you mean, as I too came to programming from a different background (I used to be a Mathematics Teacher).
The best advice I can give you is to build up your confidence by actually trying out programming exercises. When you're new to programming, the more "hands on" experience you can get, the more it will help your understanding.
I found the tutorials on the sun website very helpful.
http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial
also, the following book: "Teach Yourself Java" by Joseph O'Neil (Osborne books) is great for beginners, as it cosolidates your knowledge regularly with lots of short examples and questions.
Don't rush - you may have to cover things a couple of times. Once you have mastered a book like that, work your way through something more thorough and detailed, geared towards the Sun Java Certified Programmer Exam - there are some good recommendations on this website.
As to how long it will take you before you're ready to get a job in Java - it's such a personal thing, and also depends on the job. Sometimes the learning doesn't really begin until you start doing your first real job. I started off by working my way through the book above, and then applying to various companies as a junior Java Programmer, letting them know that I had taught myself, and that I was keen and able to learn. Don't get disheartened too soon.
Hope that helps,
Minnie
SCJP
16 years ago
Has anyone used either of these on a Mac (OSX)? If so, I'd be interested to know about your experience.
Minnie
SCJP