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.
Joined: Oct 28, 2008
thanks Aditya.. but I have one more question. Is it advisable to take exam on the latest version 6 or older version???
Joined: Mar 12, 2009
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.
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!
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!
Joined: Oct 28, 2008
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
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.
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