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Per Lovdinger
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Joined: Jun 11, 2001
Posts: 35
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 ?
Rick Salsa
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Joined: Jul 17, 2001
Posts: 173
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,
Uday Kumar

Joined: Jan 22, 2002
Posts: 24
How about Beginning Java from Wrox press? I find it very useful.
Dan Lastoria
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Joined: Jan 30, 2002
Posts: 57
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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Joined: Jan 23, 2002
Posts: 140
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.)...

Sun Certified J2EE Architect for the J2EE Platform (Part 1)<br />Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the J2EE Platform<br />Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
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