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Preparing to SCJP

 
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Hi,

I'm a beginner learning JAVA and looking to seek a job on JAVA. But prior to that I wish to do an SCJP test.
I'm learning it myself with the help JAVA Ranch and Eclipse.
I'm following the Complete Reference by Herbert Schildt and just gona finish String Handling.
Can anybody please suggest me better ways to complete core java and any other books on Struts, Swing, JavaBeans or anything in JAVA that one would require to read to attempt the SCJP.

Natt Walters
 
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Ignore Struts, Swing, JavaBeans etc if you just want to get your SCJP. They aren't needed.

My #1 suggestion is the latest Bates / Sierra study guide. I used the 1.4 study guide for my SCJP 1.4 exam and the 5.0 study guide for my SCJP 6 exam. They really helped me through, even with all of the experience I already had.
 
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Thank you so much,

I'm unawre of the levels and a bit confused between them(SCJP and OCP).
I want to know if there is a basic SCJP level (1 or 1.4) that would help find a job initially and then go for higher SCJP levels as and how I gain experience and is there any basic requirement of certain level of SCJP if I'm not a fresher to find a job. And is the entire test objective?

Can anybody please help me on this
 
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Hiya,

Since Oracle took over Sun, they have rebranded all the exams. So, what used to be SCJP is now called OCPJP (Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer). It is exactly the same exam.

This link shows you the path for core Java (Java SE) which can start at the Oracle Certified Associate exam, which is obviously the easiest, but the OCA is not a prerequisit to take the OCPJP.

Hope that helps
 
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Thank you Joe,

Can I ask if it is still Bates/Sierra for OCA/OCPJP preperation or few more new books. Can you please let me know the latest editions of the particular books.

Natt
 
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Hey,

'Katthy Sierra' is a wonderful book to prepare for OCPJP (i referred this and complete reference - and they were very helpful ).
Moreover for the exam, you should go for version 1.6 or 1.5 atleast (OCPJP 1.5 or 1.6).

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Yep. As has been suggested the SCJP Sierra / Bates study guide is fine for this exam and that's all I used apert from the Wizzlabs exam, which I found much harder than the real exam (which it is according to the general concensus on the interweb).

Plus writing a lot of code.

Cheers
 
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Thank you very much
 
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Natt, first visit the exam website and check out the exam topics and guidelines. Do not attempt Java 1.4 any longer. It is better to go for 1.6 as a lot of new features have been added to 1.6. Not all of it is in the new exam though, still helps have a more recent certification when what you are looking for is a job.
BTW, clearing a certification Vs. performing on the job are very different things. You may first want to practise well...
 
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hello Friends,

I am a slow learner and have of habit of forgetting a lot.I am preparing for scjp for the past 8 months and successfully completed CORE JAVA-by-Nageshawar rao,HedFirst CORE JAVA,50% of kS$BB 1.5 now i was asked to prepare for scjp6(1.6) now its becoming too long for a slow learner like me.i am practising all the programs . suggest me any tips and tricks that i might be missing in the process of preparing.I got a set of dump questions where i am unable to find answers(means explanation) in the google.I AM NEW to JAVA RANCH. tel me how to go through the java ranch.i need to clear this certification and its a must.please help me .......all suggestions are welcome please give me inputs i dont mind so that i can get awareness so that ican skip my mistakes
One more thing.I dont know why, when i see a program i find my self confused.Slowly its taking time for me to understand and interpret it for hours.Is it natural or am i a dumb guy.One thing though its taking lot of my time end of the day i am able to understand the program.but time is running out, AS i saw people are able to finish SCJP in 1-2-3-months. HELP ME
 
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Guys,

I want to add something important to all guidelines given above. It looks a little bit confusing.
Sierra/Bates book (study guide, I mean) is wonderful but not for somebody who wants to start Java.
Use the other book (head first) to learn the basics of the Java first, then start "study guide" book.

Good luck!
 
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Thank you very much

I have one last doubt. I went looking for books all round.

Sun certified Programmer for "Java 6" study Guide (Sierra/Bates). Does "Java 6" mean version 1.6 of any book?

I'm really confused on what exactly is version when it comes to books, for there are books saying Java 5 as well.
Does develper version 1.6 (Java 6) in java mean version 1.6 for books as well.

As it has been advised to go for the latest version (1.6) I would like to buy the right book and right version as well with latest edition.

please help me on this
 
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hi walters
SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 is the updated version of book. and this single book is sufficient to get a good score in exam so first complete this book then go for several mock test.
 
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