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Divya Sanjeev

Joined: Dec 16, 2009
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Could you please tell me which is the best book for java programming? I'm planning to take up SCJP...
Devaka Cooray
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Divya Sanjeev wrote: I'm planning to take up SCJP...

For SCJP, I like K&B Study Guide
Have a look at the SCJP Faq as well.

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marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
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Most SCJP preparation books focus on the details of the exam and assume that you already have a basic knowledge of Java. So if you are starting fresh with Java, then get an introductory book like Head First Java before a certification book.

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Eswar Nec
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Joined: May 02, 2010
Posts: 105

Refer the book Head First Java .

And Complete Reference is useful for fresher.

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Mahmoud Hossam
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Joined: Feb 20, 2010
Posts: 74

If you're new to Java, I suggest you start familiarizing yourself with the language first before attempting to study to SCJP.

I've been told that the exam is hard, and it's going to be a lot harder for you if you have no prior experience with the language.
Javin Paul
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Joined: Oct 15, 2010
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From my experience I will vote for Head First Java for learning purpose and Khalid Mughal and Kathy Siera for SCJP purpose.

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Aditya Yagnik

Joined: Mar 29, 2010
Posts: 7

Hey Divya,

I have been studying form Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates book - (Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 study guide) and have found it extremely useful.

Best regards,
Ikpefua Jacob-Obinyan
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Joined: Aug 31, 2010
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Ikpefua wrote:

Hello Divya...Based on my PERSONAL experience with studying the K & B Book and experience in the exams, K & B Book should be your choice without doubts! -That is if your are NOT new to Java- I was amazed when I saw many questions in the real exams VERY similar to the mock exams in the CD that comes with the book, and I want to make special reference to the 'exam-watch' captions of the entire book impeccable!.

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