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Advice on Head First Java 2nd Edition book

Anthonio Booysen
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Hi

I have completed the web base traning from Sun on SCJA and now busy with the Head first Java2 dn Edition Book to write my SCJA exams. Is this a good start or should I get a other book also.

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Jesper de Jong
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The Head First Java book is a good book for learning Java, in my opinion.

Sun has a good set of online Java tutorials and we have a lot of book reviews in The Bunkhouse.


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Vinod Tiwari
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Head First is really very good and easy to understand book. You can always refer other books / site for learning.


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W. Joe Smith
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For the SCJA exams I would recommend looking in the SCJA forum for Cameron Wallace's books. They are perfect for the exams, and I know from personal experience you can use just his two books to pass the SCJA.


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Anthonio Booysen
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Hi

My senior gave me the book "SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide for Test CX-310-019, 2nd Edition - Incredible Update to the former ExamScam Book (Paperback)" and I went through the book starting last week friday and Monday Evening. I wrote yesterd abut failed it had 45%. Any advice?

Fundamentals OO Concepts = 37%
UML Represetation of OO Concepts = 50%
Java Implementation of OO Concepts = 50%
Algorith Design and Implementation = 33%
Java Development Fundamentals = 16%
java Platforms and Integration Technologies = 80%
Client Technologies = 60%
Server Technologies = 42%

I have about 1 years exprience

Campbell Ritchie
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Moving to SCJA forum.
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Java Development Fundamentals = 16%


It really looks like the fundamentals of coding are really where you might want to spend some more of your time. Head First Java is a great book for learning the fundamentals of Java. The SCJA Guide is really that, a guide to understanding the key aspects of the SCJA exam, but it's not really intended as a how-to guide for learning Java from the ground up.

I think it's just a matter of practice. I'd even suggest picking up a used first-year Java book from a local university and just go over the exercises they have in the backs of the chapters. I think all you need is some more time programming, and just hacking out code and doing code problems, and the rest of the stuff will quickly fall into place.

Good luck!

-Cameron McKenzie
Liu Xing
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Cameron Wallace McKenzie wrote:
Java Development Fundamentals = 16%


It really looks like the fundamentals of coding are really where you might want to spend some more of your time. Head First Java is a great book for learning the fundamentals of Java. The SCJA Guide is really that, a guide to understanding the key aspects of the SCJA exam, but it's not really intended as a how-to guide for learning Java from the ground up.

I think it's just a matter of practice. I'd even suggest picking up a used first-year Java book from a local university and just go over the exercises they have in the backs of the chapters. I think all you need is some more time programming, and just hacking out code and doing code problems, and the rest of the stuff will quickly fall into place.

Good luck!

-Cameron McKenzie


Thank you Cameron.
 
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