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How to begin?

kevinn lee
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Hello
I basically know nothing about JAVA or OOP.All I know in programming is some C .Can some of you advise me how I should get started for doing SCJP?Where should i get started?
What basic knowledge I should have before getting in to JAVA & where I can get it(a book or something)?
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Janeice DelVecchio
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Welcome to JavaRanch!

I bought the books "HeadFirst Java" and a SCJP Review for Java 6 by Sierra and Bates. I also went out and got HeadFirst Design Patterns. HeadFirst Object Oriented Analysis is next on my list.

The key is practice coding, looking at other people's code, and hang out here in the forums. Ask questions, learn, and then try to answer some. I am shocked at how much I've learned in just a few months by participating here.

I'm still in college, so I don't have much time to study for SCJP, but I think that if I had more time to devote to it I might be ready to take it. Everyone's different, though.

Good Luck!
Janeice


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kevinn lee
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thank you
btw can you tell me what exactly I should know before startimg SCJP?
Janeice DelVecchio
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I would start with HF Java.... then:

Buy the SCJP Review book, go through each chapter, answer all the questions....

get an understanding of the material. You can't do well on certification exams without an understanding of the material.... there's too much working against you.

Figure out what you know, what you don't know... then make a game plan on where to go from there.

Eventually, take the practice test on the cd that comes with the book.

You can use the Rules Roundup on this site too.... it's fun.

Someone on this site has a link in their tagline about free SCJP software that they developed. When I see it I'll post the link for you.
kevinn lee
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thanks a lot
Jesper de Jong
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The books that Janeice mentions are good. If you know nothing about Java or OOP at all, then first concentrate on learning that before you focus on the SCJP. Preparing for the SCJP will be much easier if you have a good grasp of OOP principles and the Java language.

Sun has an excellent set of tutorials, from topics for total beginners to advanced things.

Java Beginners FAQ - JavaRanch SCJP FAQ - The Java Tutorial - Java SE 8 API documentation
kevinn lee
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Jesper Young wrote:The books that Janeice mentions are good. If you know nothing about Java or OOP at all, then first concentrate on learning that before you focus on the SCJP. Preparing for the SCJP will be much easier if you have a good grasp of OOP principles and the Java language.

Sun has an excellent set of tutorials, from topics for total beginners to advanced things.

thank you
 
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