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sharfunisa shajahan

Joined: Dec 23, 2010
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hello sir, am new to java and have decided to write scjp....i have d study guide but wat should i learn before startin d guide totally new to java
Deepak Bala

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Welcome to javaranch. Most folks do not need to read anything else. Some find that reading head first java is a good starting point. You can go through the same if you think that approach would suit you

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Anchit Herredia

Joined: Jul 15, 2009
Posts: 26
I would highly recommend SCJP preparation book by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. You are going to love it!
Mohamed Sanaulla
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Joined: Sep 08, 2007
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I would say you spend some time reading and coding in Java. As said by Deepak, you can have a look at Head First Java- A really good book for beginners. Once you are kind of familiar with the syntax and have programmed a bit in Java you can use SCJP Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.

You can find a few books reviewed in Beginning Java and Java Certification.

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T. Huy Nguyen
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Joined: Nov 02, 2010
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I would recommend Sun's Java tutorial ( to get you fluent in Java first. It may not adequately prepare you for the exam, but it will get you closed to that.

And then, a study guide + (free) mock exams are all you need to pass the certification.

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