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Should I go for Head First Java

Srikanth Raghavan
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Joined: Oct 31, 2005
Posts: 389
Hi All,

I am planning to take SCJP in the next 2 months, well this is what i said 4 months ago... But this time I am more serious.

I read Khalid Mughal's book once completely and after that I was suppose to take the exam but failed cause of various reasons...

Now, when I open the book I am feeling really boring to read it all over again... But, I have to read it for the sake of myself to pass the exam... Though I program in java everyday at work, I need to prepare for the certification.

One book which I can read without getting bored is "Head First Java"... But, I want to know whether it is suitable studying for the certification exam. Otherwise, I'll have to go for Khalid Mughal again...

Thank you!
pradeepa venigalla
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 17
Did you try Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates book...
Tat's the good one.. You never feel bored..
I don't know much abt Head First Java..
By the way are you planing to take SCJP1.4 or the upgrade version..
Firas Zuriekat
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Joined: May 09, 2006
Posts: 144
I strongly suggest reading it....

It's so visual that sometimes I feel I don't have to "write many small programs" to practice Java. I know many authors say to pass the SCJP you should write many small programs...

I mean it's so interactive and visual as if you are writing your programs with the compiler.

It also covers the new SCJP new additions. For many other reasons I also recommend it.
Srikanth Raghavan
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Joined: Oct 31, 2005
Posts: 389
I am already reading 'Head First Servlet and JSP' everyday... Head First is one of a kind and I love it too like many others... 'Head First Servlet and JSP' is also for SCWCD...

But, I just wanted to know whether 'Head First Java' is also a certification book.

And, I am planning to take the SCJP 1.4 exam itself and not the upgrade exam...
Marcus Green
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Joined: Sep 14, 1999
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I just took a look at the Amazon description of the book Head First Java and the 122 user comments to see if I could find the word certification anywhere.


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Tony Thompson
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 06, 2005
Posts: 14
Head First Java is not a certification book. K & B have a cert book found here:
SCJP book
It's light-hearted, similar to the Head First book.
Srikanth Raghavan
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Joined: Oct 31, 2005
Posts: 389
Hi,

Thank you all for replying

I just want to know whether this book: "Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide - by K & B." is available in India.

Thank you.
Gerardo Tasistro
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Joined: Feb 08, 2005
Posts: 362
Srikanth, I have both. The Head First is a real ice breaker, but it doesn't go so deep as the other. If you want just one book get the SCJP one and not Head First. There are a few things Head First doesn't go into too deeply: bit manipulation, String immutability, assertions and enumerations among others. It is really good to break some class, thread and deployment issues. Actually I think Head First explains deployment much better. Yet it lacks in some important certification points.
marc weber
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"Srikanth"

Please revise your display name to meet the JavaRanch Naming Policy. To maintain the friendly atmosphere here at the ranch, we like folks to use real (or at least real-looking) names, with a first and a last name.

You can edit your name here.

Thank you for your prompt attention!

-Marc


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Mainak Goswami
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Joined: May 21, 2006
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Read K & S certification book. Too interesting....and lucidly explained.


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Srikanth Raghavan
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Joined: Oct 31, 2005
Posts: 389
Thank you all,

And thank you Marc I changed my display name. I hope you are not the formula 1 driver Mark Webber Anyways, thank you for letting me know.
venu gopal rao
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Joined: Feb 19, 2006
Posts: 7
go for kathy sierra and bert bates its very intresting
peter cooke
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Joined: Mar 16, 2004
Posts: 314
Originally posted by Srikanth:

One book which I can read without getting bored is "Head First Java"... But, I want to know whether it is suitable studying for the certification exam. Otherwise, I'll have to go for Khalid Mughal again...

Thank you!


I cannot testify if the "Head First Java" book is suitable for the exam. However Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra have an excellent exam prep book. I would say if you are peparing for the exam, then the exam prep book is preferred. If you are learning java....

F.Y.I. MZ's stuff on the study guide list is always good.

I.M.H.O. The exam is knowing about knowing what the compiler and runtime will do.


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