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Thinking in java as cert preparation

Michal Bazynski

Joined: Apr 12, 2004
Posts: 1
what do you all think about the Thinking in Java book?
I am finding it hard to find any references to it in java ranch.
I have a couple of years experience writing in Java and thought that all I need to do to pass the exam is read once more parts of TIJ... after reading through archives here i'm not sure anymore...
thanks in advance
VP Jain
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Joined: Feb 11, 2004
Posts: 81
Thinking in Java is a great book.
But for the certification point of view it's better to go for Certification
books .I would strongly vote for
Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide
by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.
coz the Objectives of the exam is clearly stated and every objective is
clearly explained in that book.
All the best

SCJP SCWCD SCBCD <br /> <br />what u do in life echos in eternity!
Andy Lee

Joined: Apr 11, 2004
Posts: 4
Hi Michael,
I'm using Thinking in Java as background and supplemental material for my exam preparation. I've got the 2nd edition in paper back and am using Mr Eckel's free html based 3rd edition for newer stuff like Assertions. All in all I think its pretty useful. Its certainly shored up some of the gaps in my knowledge and I like the way Bruce explains the individual topics. But you don't need to read every chapter to cover all you need for the exam objectives.
Like you I started out thinking I'd only need TIJ to pass the exam then I started lurking in this forum and changed my mind
I agree with Vijayakeerthy that you should get hold of one of the exam study guides. I'm using Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates 'Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2'. It's useful because it's focusing my attention on what I need to study and is packed full of hints and tips. Plus I've been reading a whole lot of material on the web and doing some of the free practice exams.
Best of luck with your studies.
Sanyev Babu
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Joined: Dec 18, 2003
Posts: 132
Hi Michal,
I am also using TIJ 3rd edition. Its a good book with lots of example code. But for preparation for the certification a certification book is better. I recommend the book by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates 'Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2'. Very specific for the SCJP 1.4 exam. It has all that is needed for the exam. TIJ is more general. Very good as a refference material.
Concentrate more on Mock tests once you finish the book. I'm also preparing for the exam and is planning to take the exam next month.
I agree. Here's the link:
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