Does it matter that the SCJP study guide by Sierra and Bates are for SCJP and not OCP? I've also been told that they spend too much time on unnecessary topics.
Any better recommendations from anyone who's gotten certified since Oracle took over?
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From my own experience,
SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide - Kathy Sierra is a very best one for SCJP exam, it fully covers the exam topics.
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K&B book is definitely good. They are coming up with a new book for OCAJP/OCPJP 7 in April end. You may look at the following book which is available now on Amazon: Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Exams 1Z0-804 and 1Z0-805: A Comprehensive OCPJP 7 Certification Guide by Ganesh and Sharma. You may look at the following blog for more information: http://ocpjp7.blogspot.in/