Recently, I changed careers from HP Openview Administrator to Oracle Developer at an urban University in Detroit, Michigan. I get all of the PL/SQL I can eat . . .I mean type, but, I am greedy!! I have a novice Java background, but no place to exercise it on a daily basis. And, I see how much you Java Guru's are making . . . I want in too!
I figure that I could start quickly with Oracle, SQL, and Java. I just need an intro into where to start. Please direct me to a good site/tutorial/book/etc.
The Java books by DEITEL are readable, comprehensive (cover network programming, jdbc, xml, jsp/servlets, and other somewhat advanced java tools).
I would recommend getting their latest book and start reading through the chapters and doing some of the chapters' exercises.
Once you start getting comfortable with Java, you may want to consider spending a month or two to study for the Sun Certified Java Associate exam, which is fairly easy and, although it isn't exactly 'sought after' by employers, it will show you have some rudimentary understanding of the language and an initiative to learn more. Even later down the road, you could study and sit for the Sun Cert. Java Programmer exam, which demonstrates you know the real nuts and bolts of the fundamentals of the language. Although this isn't all related to PL/SQL per-se, you still need to understand these fundamentals.
*make sure you understand that foundations of object-oriented language (inheritence, polymorphism, encapsulation, etc), basic Java syntax, and some of the fundamental classes and data structures before looking at the lecture PDF's on that site, though.