My goal is to get a job as a Java developer. I am drawn to Java for some reason and feel the job market, especially with Droid apps, is going to only increase.
With that said, I would like to get certified as well as actually learn how Java works. I have a Small Business Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, currently work in IT as a jack of all trades, have experience with VB 6, PHP/MySQL and HMTL/CSS with just enough Java Script to validate HTLM forms.
Since a Master's in Computer Science is more of a longer term goal, I was thinking of getting the SJCA. My goal is to actually learn the initial steps of Java while being able to pass the SJCA exam.
So, a few questions:
1. What is the expected study time it would take to achieve the stated goal, assuming I can spend 3 hours a day on it?
2. What books, websites, videos or other resources have you all found helpful?
I do want to pass the test and not spend all my time reading book upon book. I have done some initial research and found the SJCA test format may be changing from multiple choice to a more hands-on approach. Also saw that the book by Liguori and Finegan received terrible reviews on Amazon.com.
I hope this is enough information for your responses. If something is not clear or you would like additional clarification, please let me know.
Thanks for your time :)