I'm sure this question has been asked (and answered) before, but I couldn't find a thread on it so....
I've just started teaching myself Java with the help of various books, with the aim of the SCJP certification (and a job). So, I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of the likely timescales to get to the point where I'm ready to take the exam?
I'm not a novice - I worked in mainframe operations for 10 years and have programmed before (but no oo languages). I've kept my hand in over the last 8 years since I left IT, as I run an online shop (so have PHP, mySQL experience). I've only been studying of an evening for the last week or so, but am already capable of hacking Java code together from examples and have a good basic understanding.
Obviously everyone will take a different amount of time, but any rough estimates would be appreciated.
I find folks, preparing for SCJP and take approximate time of 2.5 to 3.0 month , completely dedicating to SCJP exam. You are seemed to be experienced, I think wont take much time in understanding the concepts.
SCJP is all about first getting the concept and making hand dirty of writing small programs which does nothing fruitful but gives you comfort to swim in the code, that is what we get in the exam. Code code and code and find what compiles and what not, what gives runtime what gives compile time error, what is warning (generics portion), some scenario based questions.
Who sees what is happening in the code with crystal clear eyes is winner, as I think. A little confusion may spoil the conclusion to the answer.
I'm only working on it a few hours a day at the moment, but once I sell my business (which should be by the end of the month) I'll be able to work on it full time.
At the moment I'm working my way through Learning Java, I hope to have completed it by the end of the month at the latest. Then I'll study for the exam full time for a month, with a view to taking the exam in early June.
Does that sound feasible or am I being too optimistic?
Jonny. [ April 12, 2007: Message edited by: jon learmouth ]