If you are preparing for the SCJP / OCJP certification, then buying a good book is necessary to pass the exam with good score. In the current market situation, passing the certification becomes important for surviving in the competitive work environment. If you are a Java developer, passing the SCJP / OCJP exam provides edge over other developers. Note that this certification is application for the programmers / developers level, not for the experienced developers. SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates is one of the best book available for preparing the SCJP / OCJP certification. This article reviews this book with what are the most interesting chapters in this book.
The following are some of the topics which you will love the explanation provided in this book:
- Collections and generics
- File operations
- OO concepts and assignments
The collections chapter is very well explained, I would recommend this book only for learning the collections.
I would recommend that someone wanting to pass the exam get this book, read it, take notes, and do lots of little programs as the authors recommend in the forward.
You don’t need any other book to clear SCJP. (it is a complete reference).
- Very simple English.(Something that non-native speakers would love)
- Very much class oriented.(give you a feeling as if you are being taught in a classroom)
- Good humor.(one that i remember: “You are an object, get used to it.”
The following are the contents of this book:
Chapter 1 – Declarations and Access Control
Chapter 2 – Object Orientation
Chapter 3 – Assignments
Chapter 4 – Operators
Chapter 5 – Flow Control, Exceptions, and Assertions
Chapter 6 – Strings, I/O, Formatting, and Parsing
Chapter 7 – Generics and Collections
Chapter 8 – Inner Classes
Chapter 9 – Threads
Chapter 10 – Development
This book comes with the CD-ROM. This book covers all the topics related to the examination. The topics include:
- Object Orientation
- Declarations and Access Control
- Strings, I/O, Formatting, and Parsing
- Flow Control, Exceptions, and Assertions
- Inner Classes
- Generics and Collections
It is the best book for preparing SCJP /OCJP exam. I would recommend for buying this book if you are serious about passing the exam with good score. Also note that this book would be more useful if you are interested in learning the basic details about the Java programming, it is recommended for the Java beginners who want to start their career with Java.