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which book is better

patrick tang
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Joined: Dec 16, 2001
Posts: 44
hi all
i'm considering to buy a certification book, but i dont know
which one is better: a programmer's guide to java certification
or the complete java 2 certification study guide. any advices?
(because of tight budget, i only want to buy one of them)
Jim Hall
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Joined: Nov 29, 2001
Posts: 162
I have 3 certification books. Mughal, RHE, and Exam Cram. If I could have only bought one, it would of been Mughal I guess. It is the most complete.
Jeff Taylor
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Joined: Dec 08, 2001
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If you want to buy only one book I'd advice you to take Mugal, because it covers "basic java" the best and it can be useful even after certification.
/JT
Valentin Crettaz
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Have a look at Javaranch's bunkhouse:
http://www.javaranch.com/bunkhouse/bunkhouseCertification.jsp and read the reviews. They may help you choose the book that suits you.
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patrick tang
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Joined: Dec 16, 2001
Posts: 44
thanks all for your advices
actually i already have thinking in java, core java i
and java in a nutshell. i also finished a java course
in school.
but back to certification books, i really dont know
which book is better. i did read bunkhouse couple of
times and still cant decide...maybe both books...
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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Well I read both complete java 2 certification study guide and Mike Meyer's and I find them very good. I didn't read Mughal's book but I heard a lot of good things about it... Don't know anything about exam cram...
HIH
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Jim Hall
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If you can get more than one, that is what I would recommend. It is always good to get many different perspectives on the objectives/topics of the certification as possible. I am happy with all three of my books. The same goes for taking the mock exams. I would recommend taking as many as you can, from many different sources. Each author will present concepts in a slightly different way. One author might explain a particular concept, and you might still be scratching your head , while another may present it in a much clearer form.
Vikrama Sanjeeva
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If it was the situation with me, then i obviously go for Khalid Mughal.
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Fei Ng
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Originally posted by patrick tang:
thanks all for your advices
actually i already have thinking in java, core java i
and java in a nutshell. i also finished a java course
in school.
but back to certification books, i really dont know
which book is better. i did read bunkhouse couple of
times and still cant decide...maybe both books...

I really really think u dont need a cert guide book.
You have Thinking in java , core java and netshell. They are more than enough for you to pass if you finish these books.
All the Objective are cover by them.
Marcus Green
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I strongly recommend getting a Certification specific book in addition to general Java books.

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Rick Salsa
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Joined: Jul 17, 2001
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I strongly suggest the Mugal book as well. I also have RHE and find the Mugal book to be much better. It has a lot of practice questions and programming exercises. Useful tips as well.
-rick
patrick tang
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Joined: Dec 16, 2001
Posts: 44
thank you all for your advices
i'll probably go with mugal's first, then see if
i need any others
you know what? when i began to study java,i first
tried to read thinking in java online and even
bought the book but found it's hard to understand.
then i bought nutshell and soon found it's not the book for
novices. then came core java (textbook) which (finally)
is very clear and understandable to me...
but this time with you guys' help i can probably
get the right certification book at first time...
 
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