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I love the following books and recommend them for serious Java Students. If you wish to purchase any of these books online, please click on the image-hyperlinks (images of the covers of the books) on the right. If you found this web site helpful, and you are buying from Amazon anyway, it would be appreciated if you enter their web sites via the links below. I receive compensation when you do this.

  Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide
by Philip Heller, Simon Roberts.

I think this is by far the best book for those who are preparing for the SCPJ2 exam. Everything essential to pass the exam has been covered in a very lucid language. It would not, perhaps, be an exaggeration to say that if you want to read only one book for the certification then this is the book you should go for.

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A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
by Khalid Azim Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen

If  you want to make absolutely sure that you will miss nothing in the exam, you must read this book. Though this book covers much more material than is absolute necessary for the certification, it tends to make obscure areas clear to you. One will certainly find the exercises in this book on the tougher side. It may even make you postpone the date of your appearance in the exam :-). Written to deal a blow to your confidence :-)), but a great book no doubt.

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Java 2 Exam Cram
by Bill Brogden, William B. Brogden

This book is what the title suggests. Written in a notes like style and perhaps meant to be last minute preparation for the exam. One of the better books in the market.

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Core Java 2, Volume I: Fundamentals
by Gary Cornell, Cay S. Horstmann, Cay S. Forstmann

I would call this book "The Book". Not only great for understanding the basic concepts thoroughly but also a collector's item, since it will prove to be invaluable in the long time to come after you get the certification. This book is primarily meant for programmers. The emphasis is on the practical side of Java Programming. While studying for the certification myself, I used to keep referring to this book to understand the complex concepts of Java programming. I found this book to be the most useful for myself.

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This book, by Ivor Horton, is also a must for java programmers. The name of the book is a bit deceptive since this book would prove to be useful for Java professionals too. I use this book to look up the solutions to my programming problems.  
 

 

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