Hi, I'm starting off with Java today. Been programming in Assembler, Cobol, Cool:Gen etc. before (yes you may laugh) ! Where and how is the best place you would say I need to start off. Books etc ? I need to certify myself in 4 and a half months. Is it possible ? Cheers
I am currently learning java (been programming in cobol for years!). I did a course where we used a book that was useless, but there are plenty of free ebooks on the web. However for the certification, the best book was by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, i studied completely from this book and got a very good score on SCJP.
Also am currently using Sams teach yourself Java in 21 days and finding it useful. As well as Java in a nutshell - which is very good for reference
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Hi Sharon, Thanks for the reply. How long did all of this take you ? Do you have the book's name you used please? I'm using Beginning Java 2 by Ivor Horton and also Complete Java 2 Certification by Philip Heller and Simon Roberts. Cheers
I would think for someone with previous programming experience it would certainly be posible to get Java certified in the time you have if you work at it. I always think two books are better than one as that will give you some perspective and different explanations of a concept when you get stuck, but mainly I learn't from the Java in 21 days book which was OK but I wouldn't say exceptional. There's also a lot of material on the web of course, maybe a good starting point is Sun's own tutorial?
In addition to Sierra & Bates' certification book, try "Head First Java" before the cert book. Gives you the background in a fun, interesting, and palatable, yet rigorous, way. Good luck and how refreshing to hear from someone who will take months to get your cert rather than the "I got my cert in 2 weeks with no prior experience and a 99%". I, like you, will take some time so that everything will "soak in" and I can actually program in Java while I'm preparing.