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What to do after the basics?

Jon Manson
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Joined: Oct 31, 2009
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Hi all,
I have just finished a course in Java fundamentals and read a beginner Java book.
I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation as to what to do after mastering the basics?
David Newton
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Joined: Sep 29, 2008
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Write some code?

I mean, this is a pretty open-ended question. What do you *want* to do? What kind of Java programming do you care about, if any?
Jon Manson
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Joined: Oct 31, 2009
Posts: 10
I am aiming to take the SCJA exam in the future. I am currently at college in England,
taking a programming course. I was just wondering if there was any material you
would recommend after a beginners book?

p.s College in England is an optional 2 years after High School, leading onto University.
David Newton
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Where to head next really depends on what type of programming you want to do--but there's no reason to not dive further into Java. Have you read the JLS (Java Language Specification)? Any SCJP books? You could start learning about the JVM ecosystem, which IMO is arguably more important anyway. Things like Spring, Guice, varous libraries, etc.
Jon Manson
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I have read no other books, I'd like to become a programmer in the future, probably doing web programming.
Embla Tingeling
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Jon Manson wrote:I have just finished a course in Java fundamentals and read a beginner Java book.
I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation as to what to do after mastering the basics?


Practice makes perfect. Write a substantial application.
Campbell Ritchie
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If you are at what we laughingly call College (what was 6th form when I was your age) you want to apply for a University course. You will want BSc after your name, if not MSc.
Janeice DelVecchio
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:If you are at what we laughingly call College (what was 6th form when I was your age) you want to apply for a University course. You will want BSc after your name, if not MSc.


You sound old.....


When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
Campbell Ritchie
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You're as old as you feel and when you stop feeling you're old
David Newton
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Today, I feel old :'(
Campbell Ritchie
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We know about it, David, and our thoughts are with you.
Jessica Ngui
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Hi Jon Manson,

Like you, I am *aiming* for SCJA too for a start :=) Here are my recommendations:

If you know Java basic
do
{ SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide (Exam CX-310-019) by Robert Liguori and Edward Finegan
SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide for Test CX-310-019, 2nd Edition by Cameron, W McKenzie}
else
do
{ Head First Java
Murach Murach's Java SE 6: Training & Reference by Joel Murach
SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide (Exam CX-310-019) by Robert Liguori and Edward Finegan
SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide for Test CX-310-019, 2nd Edition by Cameron, W McKenzie}
endif

I believe the above are sufficient to pass SCJA ;=)


http://www.jessicajournal.com/
Mallikarjung reddy
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Joined: Nov 02, 2009
Posts: 1
Read "kathy seira" book.

You will get good knowledge in JAVA. And practice it.

Thanks,
Mallik
Jon Manson
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 31, 2009
Posts: 10
Thanks everyone for your help. I have just been given by my tutor a copy of 'Java in Two Semesters' and I am going to
work through that before moving onto bigger things. I will probably buy the SCJA exam books after finishing the book.

Does anyone have any good, free online study material for the SCJA exam?

Help much appreciated.
Campbell Ritchie
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Mallikarjung reddy, welcome to JavaRanch

Which book by Kathy Sierra did you mean?
 
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