This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Hi guys. Some time ago, I had the intention of getting my SCJP cert, but for several reasons I had to stop studying after the first month. Now I'm again interested in taking it, but now a doubt has grown inside me. Should I take the SCJA exam first?
I'm not a complete noob with Java. I'm a CS major and most of the programs I have made through school and professional career were written in Java. My analysis and design skills are fairly good, but some more UML would be nice. So, from what I can tell, I could use some polishing on some of the objectives (e.g. parts of sections 7 and 8 ) tested on JA, but overall the stuff is not new to me.
So, what do you think? Is it worth taking the JA exam first or should I go directly with JP, even when that's gonna take more time and effort to accomplish? What specific advantages/disadvantages you see from doing it first vs skipping JA?