Without knowing much about the certifications I picked up Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates (Exam 310-065) and am about 2 chapters in so far. I am only looking to tackle the SCJA exam for now and I was wondering should I put this book away and go get the properly aimed texts? or can I continue with this but stop at a certain chapter basically?
One thing about the Head First book is that it is largely code focussed. So, you'll learn loads of syntax and coding stuff, but it won't elucidate you on much client-side stuff, EJB/Servlet/JSP stuff, and much of the OO stuff you need to know.
So, keep reading. You are NOT wasting your time. But really, if you want to focus on the core concepts you need to know for the exam, pick up a study guide. I'd recommend one of the two books I have written on the subject if I wasn't so modest.
Joined: Nov 28, 2010
Now to find your texts at a library! (read: I am ill-funded)
I've seen plenty of people here extol your books so no need for too much modesty perhaps.
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
author and cow tipper
I only started Java recently (dabbled in it back in high school) but my enthusiasm for this language surpasses anything I've learned before. I'm trying to get certified to augment my job search. Sadly I dropped my Computer Science major early in college to pursue Economics and Philosophy, a disastrous course for those hoping to find a job without knowing the right people. but now I realize that I can have a job that I'll WANT to do (Java programming). So now I'm trying to read everything I can while applying for jobs with a very unconventional resume. It's hard!
I've already read Killer Game Programming in Java and a beginner's book on Java which was very easy for me so far. I'm currently reading the SCJP book I mentioned and thinking of starting some general coding books like Refactoring and Code Complete.
My goal right now is a Java job and certification seems like my fastest route to that.