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prashant anand

Joined: Sep 03, 2008
Posts: 2
helllo my name is prashant anand

i ma from india .i am hungry for a job. so i am planning to ba an scjp. i have some doubts which iam sure that someone here will answer.

1) should i take java 1.4 or 1.5
(considering that iam totally new to java and have a background of c++)

2) which book shoul i refer ...khalid mughal or Kathy sierra.

3) is 1.5 difficult from 1.4.

4)what about 1.6?

i am waiting for reply.thanks in advance.
Ankit Garg

Joined: Aug 03, 2008
Posts: 9465

Well 1.5 is far ahead of 1.4. It has many advanced topics such as Generics and I/O which are not in 1.4. 1.6 and 1.5 are mostly the same...

In terms of Books, Kathy Sierra is better for beginners.

Which one should you take....Everyone here will say 1.5 or 1.6. But I myself am confused. I am confused in generics and I am planning to give SCWCD as soon as possible so I am also confused between 1.4 and 1.6. If you can understand I/O and Generics then definitely you should go for 1.5 or 1.6...

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Jimmy Harrington

Joined: Sep 02, 2008
Posts: 3
I would do 1.6. For 1.6, it has Console, NavigableMaps, NavigableSorts are extremely simple and can be picked up in a few hours. For 1.5, along with 1.6, it has generics, which is a bit annoying at first, but if you understand the concept of C++ templates, it's not that.

I would recommend Kathy Sierra.
camilo lopes
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Joined: Aug 08, 2007
Posts: 202
I recommend you do scjp 1.6, because is more actual

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