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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 book..am totally new to java
 
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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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I would highly recommend SCJP preparation book by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. You are going to love it!
 
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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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I would recommend Sun's Java tutorial (http://download.oracle.com/javase/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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