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 used 1 & 2 for my preparation. HFSJ was the easiest to understand. Note however that the Head first style may not be suited to everyone. If you prefer something a bit more like a traditional text book I'd recommend the manning version (2) - It covers the JSP section very well. Bear in mind however, that this book appears very much to be a revision of the 1st edition of their book. Consequently it seems to spend a lot of time on some topics which were heavily tested in the 1st SCWCD exam, but not tested as much in the 2nd version of the exam.
Consequently it seems to spend a lot of time on some topics which were heavily tested in the 1st SCWCD exam, but not tested as much in the 2nd version of the exam.
The book says "Complete update for the new exam", which is a lie. They forgot to update most of the book, leaving people digging into the specs to make sure that everything is correct. I've printed a lot from the specs and put everything in the book. Just look at the forum of the book, and you'll understand why people like me are angry about it.
subject: Which of these 3 books do you consider the best?