I have been a professional programmer for 15 years, but up until 10 months ago, had almost no experience writing in Java. That's when I cracked open "The Java Tutorial", the first of a few books that helped me learn Java. And yesterday I passed the OCPJP exam! With a (very supportive) wife, baby, and career, it was a long and sometimes frustrating journey. But I am happy to say that, with many late nights of studying behind me, I accomplished this goal!