The book that you buy depends on your level of experience with Java. If you have very little experience, then the K&B book is a very good choice. If you have a little more experience and would like to do a little less reading, then the Exam Cram book will walk you through the material a little more quickly.
I just published a book last week that is intended to serve as a workbook to accompany any existing study guide. As you complete each chapter in the study guide, then work through the corresponding exams in my book. Detailed explanations are provided with the answers, so my exams provide a great learning experience. Please see the link in my signature.
Most of the content of my book is the mock exams contained on my web site, but each chapter of my book provides a preview of the topics covered by the exam that appears at the end of the chapter. If you would like to save paper, your printer cartridge, a loose-leaf binder, and a package of loose-leaf binder dividers, and if you want the additional material contained in my book that is not available on my web site, then you will want to buy my book.
If you have never read any book on Java, then you might want to start with a Java fundamentals textbook. My book also works very well as a workbook and companion to any existing Java fundamentals textbook. I have received a lot of email from people that prepared for the exam using nothing but a Java fundamentals textbook and my mock exams.
If you have already read a Java fundamentals textbook and would like to read some reviews on study guides, then please click here.
Of course, my very biased opinion is that my book is required regardless of any other book that you might have.
Dan Chisholm<br />SCJP 1.4<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.danchisholm.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Try my mock exam.</a>
Dan's advice is good, I had plenty of experience but little formal training. I started with the Exam Cram by Bill Brogden and Marcus Green, it got me up to speed pretty fast, its not noobie friendly though. I then decided to get a copy of K&B, mostly in anticipation of the SCJD project, but I found the Exam Watch and 2 Minute drills to be worth the cost of the book for the help they provided for the SCJP. I still haven't read most of the first 9 chapters. If you don't have the experience read all of it. I did the mock tests in the Exam Cram and I did half of Dan's comprehensive tests. I also did the Sun practice tests ($75 US), and some of Marcus Green's online tests. I averaged 73% on Dan's tests and got 90% on the SCJP.
Joined: Jun 13, 2004
One additional thing about the Brogden and Green Exam Cram book. The tests at the end of each chapter are very good, but unfortunately the format leaves the answers easily visible. What I did was to get some of the blue denim coloured postit notes and stick them over the first part of each answer (the yellow postits are too transparent). This made it possible to do these without being distracted by an answer right in front of me. Maybe in the next edition they will fix this and put the answers somewhere less distracting.
Hi Dan, No doubt your mock exams are cut above rest. They are extremely Useful.It is also good that the mock exams are out in form of book. Really Good news. But recent posts by you repeatedly says to buy your book. It sounds not that much good when you yourself market so much about your own book. every other post by you is about telling us to buy book. May be you can reduce that little bit. Just a suggestion no offenses please.
Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Originally posted by Anand LNU: Hi Dan, No doubt your mock exams are cut above rest. They are extremely Useful.It is also good that the mock exams are out in form of book. Really Good news. But recent posts by you repeatedly says to buy your book. It sounds not that much good when you yourself market so much about your own book. every other post by you is about telling us to buy book. May be you can reduce that little bit. Just a suggestion no offenses please.
When a book is self-published, nobody but the author will advertise it. Unlike most other Java textbooks, you will never see an advertisement for my book on Amazon.com or anywhere else. The marketing budget is zero dollars.
The printing and distribution company that I'm working with tells me that a textbook typically will not sell unless you print hundreds of copies and send them to influential people in the retail book business and to university professors, etc. I don't plan to give away even a single copy. Why? Because the marketing budget is zero dollars.
Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a bookstore you will see new books displayed near the door or in the window so that everyone will see the book? Did you know that the publishing company typically has to pay the bookstore to promote a book like that? Of course, you will never see my book on display near the door or window of any bookstore or anywhere else, because the marketing budget is zero dollars.
It is even unlikely that you will ever see my book in a bookstore, because a book retailer probably won't buy the book unless the publisher advertises it to the retailers. I don't plan to do that. Why? Because the marketing budget is zero dollars.
If I had used a traditional printing process, I would now have a thousand books in my garage that cost me only about $5.00 each. At that price, I would have been willing to use the traditional marketing methods and give away a lot of books. Instead, I'm working with a company that prints single copies in response to each customer order. As a result, I have only one copy that I received the day before yesterday. There will be no free books, no advertisements, and no books on display in the window of any bookstore and possible no copies of my book in any bookstore. Why? Because the marketing budget is zero dollars.
There won't be anyone or anything that promotes my book but me. However, if you would like to spread the word that a new book is now available, then I would greatly appreciate your help.
I recommend Dans book as well (see it's not just Dan). With a self publishing approach like Dan, a more serious part of what you pay goes to the Author, the author is motivated, he produces even more stuff. Now the magic thing about what Dan has produced is that he has had the material on the web for a long time so he had been able to tweak according to feedback. Well thats what I strongly suspect anyway ..
I am so grateful for the resources available on this website that I would not be the least bit offended if Dan were to insert a banner ad for his book. I believe Dan's reply to this post was balanced, fair, and effective.
Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Thank you for your support Marcus and Steve!
Yes, having my mock exams on-line for two years has given me an opportunity to correct the errors. Another advantage of having my mock exams on-line was that Cay Horstmann's favorite technical reviewer, Marlene Miller, became interested in my web site and then worked with me on the technical review of my mock exams and book. With the help of Marlene and the rest of the world, there is no doubt there will be very little errata in my book.