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Mehul Sanghvi
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Joined: Feb 04, 2002
Posts: 134
Hi Guys,
If someone can suggest me a good book/site from where i could prepare for SCJP.
To give a little idea about myself/my java knowledge :
I have self learnt core java... so it has not been very systematic. My sources while learning were
Complete Reference JAVA 2 --and--
Core Java Volume-1.

I just attempted a mock exam at following site and barely managed to achieve 73%
http://www.javaranch.com/maha/_Mock_Exams/JohnJuntMockExam.htm
Also please let me know any other suggestions to transfer my learning into more systematic approach.
Thanks in Advance.
Regards,
Mehul K. Sanghvi.
Rob Ross
Bartender

Joined: Jan 07, 2002
Posts: 2205
As far as I have seen, this IS the best site on the web to study for the SCJP!
Welcome.


Rob
SCJP 1.4
Mehul Sanghvi
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 04, 2002
Posts: 134
Thanks Rob, , for the welcome.
But I would really appreciate if someone could suggest me as to how to transform my java knowledge (whatever little i have) into a good career proposition.
Thanks again,
Regards,
Mehul K. Sanghvi
Rob Ross
Bartender

Joined: Jan 07, 2002
Posts: 2205
Ah, well that's a broader issue ;P The job market is really soft all over. But I'm sure it will pick up in time, so learning as much as you can now will prepare you for that time.
There are many different ways of studying for the SCJP. Usually, people do the following
1) Buy a study book or two. There are many good suggestions, but the most popular is probably Complete Java 2 Certification, by Roberts, Heller, and Ernest. Everyone just calls it RHE around here.
2) Take lots of practice tests. There are many links on this site to practice tests. There's the java rules roundup, which tests your understanding of basic java syntax.
3) When you get a test question wrong, post a question about it here. Or search this forum for the answer; chances are someone has already asked the same question.
4) WRITE LOTS OF JAVA CODE! You can only learn programming by programming, so take a little time each day to write sample code to go over the issues you are not clear about.
That's pretty much the standard routine, but other people may have a different strategy.
Good luck!
Valeri Ivanoff
Greenhorn

Joined: Jan 23, 2002
Posts: 1
Hi Ranchers,
I will try this exam too! How can I estimate my percentage ?
Best Regards,
Valeri
Rob Ross
Bartender

Joined: Jan 07, 2002
Posts: 2205
First read this faq:
http://www.javaranch.com/certfaq.jsp
mock exams:
http://www.javaranch.com/mock.jsp
http://www.javaranch.com/maha/_Mock_Exams/_mock_exams.html
Good luck!
Holmes Wong
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 18, 2002
Posts: 163
I have same problem. But now I am really confused,
it seems more java people got fired lately around me. I have basic knowledge for java, and I still love it. But I don't know if a certificate plus 2 years experience will help me. Or I just need to pursue other things? BTW, I heard Mrcus Green was just got fired...
[ February 20, 2002: Message edited by: Holmes Wong ]
Matthew Phillips
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Joined: Mar 09, 2001
Posts: 2676
As Rob said, you have to write code. That is probably the most important thing to do. Not only will it help you pass test, but it will give you the skills that employers are really looking for.


Matthew Phillips
 
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