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A real novice...needs help !!

divyasheel sharma
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Joined: Feb 15, 2001
Posts: 19

Dear Friends,
I am a real novice to Java, rather to programming itself.
I want to take JCP exam, so need to prepare. On surfing I found out useful books and have bought Thinking in Java and Robert Hellers JCP guide. Also I need from where can I find questions to write programs...any good book , for such a practice, where I can have a number of problems and can check my hand at coding?
Also, how much time does it normally take to prepare for JCP ( I am free 24 hrs daily..and have an engineering background).
Thanks,rgds,
Divyasheel
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Elisabeth Van
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Joined: Feb 09, 2001
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If you haven't started on the cattle drive, get going! I've been learning Java via books for several months, but the feedback that I'm getting by doing the exercises on the Cattle Drive has been the best help yet!
As far as books with exercises, one of my coworkers has been working through "Java How to Program" by Deitel & Deitel. I've looked at it a bit and it seems to have more exercises than most other books I've seen.
divyasheel sharma
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Joined: Feb 15, 2001
Posts: 19
Thanks Elisabeth!
I am reading Thinking in java and Robert Heller,and will log on t o CattleDrive and try Deittel book.
What do you think is a good strategy to prepare for JCP exam?
Regards
Divya
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Cindy Glass
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divyasheel,
The JCP guide that you so cruelly state is by Robert Heller was co-authored by 3 guys (RHE) the E stands for Michael Ernest, who hangs out at JavaRanch alot, so we wouldn't want to hurt his feelings. (The other 2 have popped in on occasion, but Michael is actually HELPFULL).
Please DO try and give all three of them credit OK?
Maybe some day Michael will answer a question for you (then you KNOW that you are getting the right answer!!)
[This message has been edited by Cindy Glass (edited February 16, 2001).]


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niraj singh
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Joined: Feb 07, 2001
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Hi divya,
Java Reference is also a good book, if you don't have a programming background. Thinking in Java is a good book and I am using it too. Bruce Eckel has provided the source code on the net, so you can download it. You save time, when playing around with the code. Thinking in java requires you to have some programming knowledge before you read the book. In that respect The Java reference is better. I am also using Java in a Nutshell by O'Rielly. I like it because it gives a summary and is a good reference when you really start coding on your own.
You can also download tutorials from the sunjava site. If you are in India, these magazines like Chip and PCQuest carry a lot of Java stuff and tutorials on the CD's, which too i have found quite helpful.
Hope this helps you out.
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divyasheel sharma
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Joined: Feb 15, 2001
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HI Cindy !!
I shall take care of the fact! and all respects to all the authors from me, and I am thankful to them that their book is helping me prepare a lot!!
Rgds
Divya
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divyasheel sharma
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Joined: Feb 15, 2001
Posts: 19
Hi Neeraj!!!
Thanx! I shall check up the magazines too.
Rgds,
Divya
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rexjonathan
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Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 12
divya
send me your e-mail id,i'll mail you tutorials
rex
Cindy Glass
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rexjonathon,
We have had this conversation before. PLEASE re-register with a proper user name. It needs to have 2 names separated by a space. We REALLY would like to get to know you professionally, so we would like to know your REAL name. Thanks, Cindy.
michael giordano
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Joined: Feb 28, 2001
Posts: 4
another great book is 'java,java,java' by raplh morelli. gives great insight for beginners.
 
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