This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Wow!! Great response Well, the best book to study is the one written by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates (K&B). But, it needs some working knowledge of Java to start with. Just stick to it. I know..I know..we always tend to look for other books and its mainly because of our nature. So, strictly..STICK TO THIS BOOK.
Wow!! Great response Well, the best book to study is the one written by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates (K&B). But, it needs some working knowledge of Java to start with. Just stick to it. I know..I know..we always tend to look for other books and its mainly because of our nature. So, strictly..STICK TO THIS BOOK. Yup, I agree there are some other books as well..but none is much better to this. Believe me! Get it at this moment..and start reading it..right NOW! Any questions? Let us discuss them. I appreciate good information while posting your questions because it will be easier to understand and answer promptly! Lets call our group SMART group. Simple, Managable, Attainable, Reliable and Time oriented. So..smart group..smart goal..smart people! ; Kick off!! Cheers.. PS: Any ideas/suggestions are welcome! And yeah..people that are entirely new to Java speak out..you would get good information how to start with.
Hi Folks, I am Srinivasan. I wish you all pass SCJP in distinction. I am about to take the exam on 25th of Feb. I would like to share some hints for preparation of SCJP.
1. i feel its more of a Memory test, so practise and revision is a must to remember well. (First five chapters everything is a RULE. they demand Some of your brain's act like a ROM with all rules burnt into it) Why because, 1.1 we need to remember which access specifiers apply to general class, inner classes(all types), constructors, methods, fields. 1.2 Coming to overloading brand new rules to practise and remember with introduction variable args, and Autoboxing. 1.3 coming to data types, type casting rules. Like when implicit type casting will be done. when promotion is done. and Wrapper class functions for primitives need a look.
2. Collections: Brand new complie time type checking needs more practise to digest.
3. Threads if you catch them ok. otherwise lost in "Matrix". we need to through list of what is guaranteed and what is not guaranteed
4. Some classes from io package like Readers and writers , Strings, util Date related stuff need practise.
Hi am lakshmi,will be taking scjp 5.0 around 4th week of march.I would too like to join your friends study circle.As of now am with k & B.Also bought whizlabs SCJP 5.0 preparation kit but unfortunately its not getting activated on my system.Any suggestions and advices? Thanks in advance
Oops..forgot to solve your Whizlabs issue.. If you purchased it, you must contact them and surely they will help you. Do not forget to include the error message as well as your computing environment details.
Rajesh Goud kumar
Joined: Nov 29, 2006
Hello ranchers, In SCJP5.0 and SCJP1.4 the topics are same? I already bought SCJP5.0 books, may I prepare for SCJP1.4. Some of my friends said recently SCJP5.0 exam is more difficult then SCJP1.4. Is it correct?
Hey! Go for the latest because the world looks for the latest. Java 6 is on the way..so Java 5 has already become older! Don't think about tough/easy. Just care about SCJP - moving ahead of others - living in the latest!
My name is Chaya. I want to join the study group.I was planning to take SCJP5.0 sometime in April. But today i was told to take exam by mid of March. I havnt yet started to prepare for exam. I have basic knowledge of Java. My confusion is should i start reading K&B Book or read book on java first like Head First Jave..and then read K&B..Guys pls help...
Rajesh Goud kumar
Joined: Nov 29, 2006
Hello, you better to read first Head first JAVA. It's a good book for Java, and after that you start with K&B for SCJP.
All the Best!!!
Joined: Oct 11, 2004
Its better to first read head first java and then K&B. But since you have less time if you are familier with the basics of java, you can directly jump to K&B. Its a great book for SCJP
I too am preparing for and will take the exam in Mid March ... I have some experience with Java and have just started the KB book. Its great to see that so many others are taking the test too! Look forward to reading the comments and questions of all of you Java Ranchers!
I'm in the same boat as y'all and plan on taking the exam in late March/early April.
I studied Java for 4 years in college and have been a professional Java web developer for 4.5 years.
I have spent about 3 months studying the K&B book for at least 13 hours a week. Yeah - sounds like a lot. I'm going for more of a complete understanding of the material rather than memorization. I believe this will make my job easier and my next certification less painful.
I've found that during my web development in Java - I've lost touch with (or have taken for granted) many of Java concepts.
Good luck to all of you who are taking the exam in March!
"...it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. <br />If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!" <br />~ Through the Looking-Glass