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beside monhouse's book... do I need other non-scjd java books?

armando fonseca
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Joined: Apr 03, 2009
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Hi, Since I passed the scjp, I don't know what is the next thing to do for programming. I felt that the SCJP didn't fill my hunger for software development. Personally, I don't like languages in particular but I like the challenge of building things and I think the SCJD can fill that enjoyment. Currently, I'm in my final semester and I'm sharping my C++ skills ( I got a job offer after graduation and they don't use JAVA at all) on my free time so I don't think taking the SCJD is an intelligent idea, but my heart is telling me to take it...(difficult dilemma, haha)... anyways, If I take the SCJD challenge, besides the monhouse's book and the K&B-SCJD-pdf book,
What other books should I get?
I have little-to-none experience using GUI, RMI, locking and all the foreign keywords that I find in the SCJD. (At school, I was never exposed to those technologies, just CS theory, mathematics, and general programming).
I'm little bit afraid of the SCJD but I know that I can do it with the help of some java literature books.
SO, can anyone recomend me a list of good books beside the monkhouse's SCJD preparation ?
I tried to find the list in the forum, but almost everyone points to the monkhouse's book. I'm going to get that book, but you all guys are experts, I'm just a newbie , so I think I might need some other books as well.


Roberto Perillo

Joined: Dec 28, 2007
Posts: 2271

Fala Armando (your name really looks brazilian )!

Champion, I'd say this book is pretty much everything you need to have. You can also take a look at this RMI Tutorial, this Swing Tutorial and this Concurrency Tutorial. I'd say this pretty much everything you have to know. Take a close look at the Threading part, which is the most difficult part of this challenge and the one with the biggest mark.

Cheers, Bob "John Lennon" Perillo
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Anne Crace
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Joined: Aug 29, 2005
Posts: 223
Roberto gave you pretty good advice. I used the Monkhouse book heavily in addition to its previous edition. I did draw some information from the Exam Cram book by Allan Trottier (I think that's right). I got most of what I used from the Monkhouse book and right here on this forum. Good luck!

Fernando Franzini
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Joined: Jan 09, 2009
Posts: 489

Hi Armando

Like everybody told should read Andrew's book and after that'll (by yourself) know if you'll need to another specific material.

Fernando Franzini - Java Blog
Roel De Nijs

Joined: Jul 19, 2004
Posts: 8412

Hi Armando,

That book and this forum will guide you successfully through the process of becoming a SCJD

Good luck!
Kind regards,

SCJA, SCJP (1.4 | 5.0 | 6.0), SCJD
Chris Bicnal
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Joined: Aug 17, 2005
Posts: 80
Yeah, echoing everything everyone else has said, Andrew's book is pretty much all you need (aside from a few of the Sun tutorials around Swing/RMI etc...).

Good luck!

armando fonseca
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Joined: Apr 03, 2009
Posts: 49
Thanks everybody, all the friendly tips are convincing me even more to take the challenge... I want to do the SCJD so deadly... but my future position wants me to become a C++ guru, plus full time school is hard to manage time to start working with the SCJD....
The SCJD seems a lot fun comparing to the SCJP... either way, Thanks again.

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