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nachiket deshpande
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Joined: Oct 06, 2000
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hi all!!
i want to prepare for certification.Yesterday i purchased a book "teach yourself JAVA" by Joseph O'Neil.I have Java 2 complete reference by Patrick.But do you think "teach yourself..." is the right choice?please help!!!
Serge Plourde
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Joined: Jun 23, 2000
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Hi Nachiket,
In my opinion those "Teach yourself..." kind of books are often superficial.
Did you have a look at the JavaRange link:

I've read a couple already now, and the best is Thinking in Java. TIJ is one of the rare books that explains the "why"s of Java. You can download it from
I would also recommend the Java Language Specifications (2nd edition).
To prepare for the exam there is the RHE ("The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide", by Simon Roberts, Philip Heller, Michael Ernest), which is the most popular.
Or "A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification" by Khalid Azim Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen, which may be the most thorough book to prepare you for the exam.
Hope this helps.
Have a good day.
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Allen Alchian
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Joined: Oct 11, 2000
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I also have the O'Neil book. It's okay for a "superficial" treatment, as Serge suggests. That alone can get you started, but you'll definitely need more. In fact, I have five different Java books, including the van der Linden "Thinking In Java" which JavaRanch recommends. I've found each book has its own strenghts and weaknesses. My suggestion: pick up several and use them supplement each other. And, good luck!

nachiket deshpande
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Joined: Oct 06, 2000
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hi all
i am a bit confused regarding books.i have RHE and Patrick Naughton.i am looking for a Java book which will help me for learning from exam point of view.I purchased core JAVA2,Volume 1Fundamentals by CAY S.Horstmann,Gary Cornell.but some how i am not enjoying reading it!can someonre suggest better alternative for this book .i find sun tutorial better than this book .Please help!!
i will exchange the book for better one.
I agree. Here's the link:
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