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Learning and Certification

Abdul Habra, 6.20.2001

Many of my friends and colleagues ask me this question in one form or another:
I am a programmer, and want to learn Java and get certification, what should I do/read?
and by the way, what IDE or text editor should I use?

Here is my answer:

  1. Read this book:
    Just Java 2, by Peter van der Linden
    Make sure to get the latest edition. The book should give you a good understanding of Java.

  2. After you read the above book, look at these links:
    http://suned.sun.com/US/certification/
    www.software.u-net.com/javaexam/javaexamold.htm
    www.enterprisedeveloper.com/jcertify/

    These links should give you a good sense of Java certifications and exams.

  3. If you want to continue with certification, read this book:
    Java 2 Exam Cram, by Bill Brogden.
    This is not a big book, so read it all and make sure to solve all its examples.

  4. Do the exam. Its official title is:
    Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform.
    Good luck.

  5. If you want to stay current with Java, check out these sites regularly:
    www.javaworld.com/
    www.jguru.com
    http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/index.html
    www.cinjug.org The Cincinnati Java User Group (if you live in the area!)

  6. Other Java related sites that you may want to checkout:
    www.michael-thomas.com/java/javahotsites.htm
    www.devx.com/gethelp/
    www.confluent.fr/javadoc/indexe.html Java Docs in WinHelp format.
    www.javareport.com/java2interactive/index.html Java Docs with class diagrams.
    www.mindview.net/Books Download the "Thinking in Java" book by Bruce Eckel.
    www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/java/ IBM's Java zone.
    www.gnu.org/software/java/java.html GNU's Java software with a lot of source code.

  7. Finally for the IDEs and text editors:
    www.inprise.com/downloads/ Download the free JBuilder Foundation. JBuilder is my favorite IDE.
    www.textpad.com/ TextPad is a good shareware text editor that has Java syntax coloring.


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