This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I passed yesterday with 88%. Actually the test was harder than I expected - maybe 20% harderd than the practice questions in Kathy and Berts book - and much more on threads than I would have liked (62%) Observations: I have been learning Java (self taught) for 5 months and studying Kathy's book for 3 months. No real IT experience other than HTML. The book makes it very easy to pass IF you learn everything in it. Do I know Java - yes. Can I develop a decent app - no. That is the next thing for me to move on with. Before I get flamed for not having 2y exp with java before getting my cert - I did this to get a foot in the door with an IT job. I don't think that SCJP should be used as a measure of one IT prowess - simply that one knows the core fundimentals. To me it is like learning German grammer - I can now speak the language but that doesn't mean I can write poetry. Dave, SCJP
Good going, Dave! Don't worry too much about what others say. What you have done is put yourself at the head of the line for entry-level Java jobs, which is excellent. If I were reading your CV with an eye to hiring a newbie any SCJP's would go right to the top of the stack. It's a helluva lot of work, and shows discipline and knowledge.