This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Most of the credits go to K&B. I bought the SCJP 1.4 version of the book late Jan as Amazon did not have the SCJP 5.0 book on stock. I studied it for few days. I liked the book a lot!!! Amazing!! I just couldn�t think anyone could have written this good a book for the exam study guide. Then, I came to know that Amazon has the SCJP 5.0 book. I ordered it and got it in my hand on the first of Feb. Excellent again!! Its just amazing.. Two weekends with the book.. in all about 40 hours.. I didn�t get the time to try the mock exams.. I am sure, if I would have done it, I would have scored better.. Still, I am happy for what I got out of the time I invested.
The best thing about K&B is, all the questions that creep up while reading the first paragraph is always answered in the very next paragraph. It looks like they know what the readers are thinking.. and answer the questions that we think of asking..
Anyone wanted to pass SCJP with minimal effort, should definitely go for K&B. I don�t think there can be any book better than that for SCJP exam prep.
The SCJP 5.0 book appeared to be less humorous than the SCJP 1.4 one. I think that is one of the reason I liked the SCJP 5.0 book more. It had a perfect balance.. Too much of humor can be boring some times.
I registered for the SCJD exam on Monday. I got the assignment yesterday. It�s the URLyBird 1.3.2. I hope to have lots of fun working on that. This time, I think I will use the javaranch much more. It�s a very good forum.
Thanks for your kind words Srikumar, and congratulations!
You are one of our brave early adopters, and we always kind of hold our breath waiting to see if a new book is working for people or not. So it's really great to get early positive feedback like this! Of course, if there's negative feedback we need to get that too.
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