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SCJP java 6 or head first for java

divya anand
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hi all,

Im learning java and would like to take up the java certification exam. I jus want to know which one of the two, headfirst java or scjp java 6 is good to start with..

Regards,
Divyaa
Adi Kulkarni
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If you are planning for the exam , please go for the SCJP book by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. It will be immensely helpful.

Also concepts have been wonderfully dealt with in the book.

~Aditya
SCJP 1.5


SCJP 1.5
divya anand
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thanks Aditya.. but I have one more question. Is it advisable to take exam on the latest version 6 or older version???
Adi Kulkarni
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Ideally .. its always better to give what is latest. I'm not sure whats the difference between 1.5 and 1.6 but heard that theres a very little difference.
Someone who has given 1.6 might be of greater help.

~Aditya
Benny Mueller
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Hi Divya,

I've got the very same objective like you. I decided to get both books. I think you definitely need the SCJP Java 6 for exam preparation. I started with the Head First to refresh my java skills before starting to learn for the exam. Head First Java is a great book for starters. It gives you a good start for java syntax and object orientation. And it is very funny to read! I like this book!

Yours,
Benny
Saifuddin Merchant
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If you already know java and are just planing for the exam - it doesn't matter.
If you don't know java and are planing for the exam - Head First Java.



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Campbell Ritchie
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divya anand
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thank you all for your suggestions..

cheers,
divyaa
Paolo Dina
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divya anand wrote:hi all,
Im learning java and would like to take up the java certification exam. I jus want to know which one of the two, headfirst java or scjp java 6 is good to start with..


It depends on how much time do you have at your disposal AND how much you already know about Java. I think that to GTFC (get the fine certification :-) study the scjp java 6 guide is a must. If you are not at least a bit confident with the language it's a very good choice to start from the beginning, headfirst Java. I say that because too many times I found myself looking here and there trying to gather information on basic concepts (time wasted) that a beginner book would have surely treated.

Hope this help, good luck!
divya anand
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Thanks Paolo.

I found a book in Amazon for SCJP 6, which is " SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates". Is this the one or "SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5 Study Guide (Exam 310-055) (Certification Press Study Guides) by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates ". Im bit confused because the second says "study guide", though it is for java 5. Please help

Cheers,
Dhivyaa
Bert Bates
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My two cents

Head First Java has basically nothing to do with the SCJP certification. It was written for people who know a little bit about programming and want to learn Java.

The K&B certification book was written for people who have some Java experience and want to study for the SCJP exam.

If you don't know anything about Java I think the K&B book would be a difficult first Java book - it's not intended for that purpose. If you already know Java then you probably don't need HF Java to study for the exam.

hth,

Bert


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Himalay Majumdar
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Bert Bates wrote:My two cents

hth,

Bert


Everytime you replied, I use to think

String hth = "head to head";

Wiki says its an internet slag that may stand for:

"Hope This Helps",
"Hope That Helps",
"Happy To Help",
"Hit The Hay", or
"How The Hell?"


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rewati raman
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Hi Divya
There is a lot of difference between java1.5 and 1.6. If you have programing back ground then direct start with scjp1.6 otherwise start with HF
 
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