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Per Lovdinger
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Hi,
I plan to do the "Programmer Certification".
I've been programming java for three years.
I thought of bying 2 books one focused on the
certification and the other one focused on
java topics.
Right now I'm thinking of these 2 books:
- The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide
- Core Java 2, Volume 1: Fundamentals 5/e
Does anyone have a better idea ?
...Per
 
Rick Salsa
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Take a look at A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification. It is by far the best book out there IMHO
If you already know the language, I'd recommend now getting the Core Java book. If you don't, then get Core Java, go through that, then work through A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification.
I also have The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide, but the I find the other book to be far superior and more in depth.
Just my two cents,
/rick
 
Uday Kumar
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How about Beginning Java from Wrox press? I find it very useful.
 
Dan Lastoria
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Just DON'T buy "Mike Meyers Passport to Java Certification". There are so many errors in that book it's ridiculous. Including erros throughout the practice exams that will have you off on a tangent for awhile. Also, don't buy the Sybex CD based practice exams, they're awful and the software is really buggy.
I liked the Corolis Exam Cram book and the JQ+ mock exams. You should do well with those two.
 
Ricardo Cortes
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I agree with Rick. I read "A Programmer's Guide To Java Certification" cover to cover save the chapters that were not covered on the exam (i.e. Swing, JavaDoc, etc.)...
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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