I have the sierra book, its over facing and although good - reading from cover to cover for certification and learning the language all at once - how likely???!!! Considering TigerTamer - what do you think and wnat advice can you offer me please/ Thanks
Their book is good, and I strongly suggest that you read it (from cover to cover) if your planing on taking the SCJP exam. Write lots of code while you are reading it - it's through the process of preparing to the exam that you gain most. The paper in it self is (in my opinion) not that important.
I dont know anything about taming tigers - so I cant help you there
Originally posted by rachael carr: I have the sierra book, its over facing and although good - reading from cover to cover for certification and learning the language all at once - how likely???!!!
Why not? It's a very good book, that will help you not just to get certified, but also to effectively learn and understand many (somewhat obscure) aspects of the Java language, in a very easy-to-read and pleasant way.
The only book that I had (partially) read before buying Sierra/Bates SCJP book was Bruce Eckel's "Thinking in Java". Years later, these two books are still the only J2SE programming books I've ever read. And Sierra/Bates is the only J2SE programming book that I read "from cover to cover", and I did it twice.
Fortunately (or not ), I can learn a lot only from reading, I don't really need very much hands-on experimentation.