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Hi guys,
I am Vinay Maddi a graduate student.Let me go straight into the topic I want to confess I am real poor in programming. I really want to improve my skills in programming especially Java. I always tried to get over this by studying each and every chapter but every time I lose it in the middle.
I have read everything about SCJP available in this site and its great, but I still have few Questions.
Right now the only book I have is Deitel and Deitel "How to program"(java). Do you guys think its a good book for a person like me. If so can you guys just tell me the sequence of chapters I should study from this book..PLZ..
which certification book I should purchase among the available ones. I can afford only one book.
Do you guys think writing a certification helps me in becoming a good programmer ... i know its useful ...but i really feel a programmer should apply his software skills in solving something (in a project)... anyways leave it let me pass this scjp with good score then decide whether it helps me or not.
I would really appreciate if you guys can help me in becoming certified and a good programmer .
Plz dont mind if I trouble you guys
vinay
 
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Vinay,
Welcome. I believe you have reached a placed were all people from all skill levels are welcome.
The people living in the ranch are very friendly and always helpful.
Fire off all your questions and I'm sure someone will be able to help you out.
Regarding your question about books, we all support the founder of this forum: Kathy Sierra. She is the author of the book Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide.
However there are more books that are useful. I'm thinking of the following:
A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification (Khalid A. Mughal & Rolf Rasmussen)
Java 2 Programmer Exam Cram (William Brogden, Marcus Green, Ed Tittel)
Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide(Philip Heller, Simon Roberts )
I leave it up to you evaluate these books.
You could always walk through the Java Language specification and do some mock exams and decide if you need a book after your first initial results on the mock exams.
One thing is for sure you will need to do lots of coding and many mock exams.
All the best with your studies.
 
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Welcome to the club Vinay.
I would suggest the book by Kathy and Bates,coz thats the one and only one book i used for my certification.I think its the best book you can invest upon(I tell u,its worth it).And dont worry about your programming skills.No one is born a programmer.(Another version of----Rome was not built in a day) So buckle your seatbelts dorithy coz Kansas is gonna say bye bye..... All the best for ur certification!!!
 
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Welcome to the ranch vinay.
All the best for your studies.
Cheers
-Suresh
 
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I have not applied for the voucher yet .But I am planning to give in mid June.
Are there any online material avaliable for coding practice.
 
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i think a wiser choice will be to read thinking in java by bruce eckel,and then SCJP prep by kathy and bates........u can practice coding in parallel....while learning...
 
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Hi deep
I found some material online hope they are useful.. i guess u might be having it already..
just give it a try
http://www.geocities.com/velmurugan_p/notes.html
www.sun.com
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Network/3693/java_cert.html

You have all the related site it Mr.velmurugans site.
I noted one website http://www.javacertificate.com/

all the best
vinay
 
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