- Release Date: July, 2002
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Authors: Hanumant Deshmukh, Jignesh Malavia, Jacquelyn Carter
Customer Rating: 4.66 of 5 (94 total reviews)
- virtually all you need to pass the exam
The book is laid out in a logical straightforward fashion -- matching up exam objectives with Servlet/JSP topics and even covers a couple things that aren't (yet) on the exam, like Filters. It's written in a very easy-to-read, conversational tone and is an excellent resource for someone who's familiar with Java but not with Servlets and JSPs or even for someone familiar with them, but needs to brush up on some of the details for the exam. The bundled CD that comes with the book is chock full of excellent resources (3 JwebPlus mock exams, Tomcat 4, the relevant JSP and Servlet specs, and an electronic copy of the book). The quizlets and notes intermixed within each chapter help you to confirm that you understood what you just read -- and also explain a couple "gotchas". The author's website contains an excellent little forum where you can get hold of the author's to ask questions or report errors in the book. I'll definitely use this book as a resource even after the exam.
- A Necessary But Insufficient Condition..
I passed the SCWCD exam with 96%.
1. This book is aimed at jdk1.3, for the purposes of the exam that is servlet spec 2.3 and JSP spec 1.2. I have not been able to locate a jdk 1.4 version of this book.
2. This book WILL help you pass the exam, but if your after a high mark (i.e. >90%) you need to do a lot more. You definitely need to download Tomcat and write servlets sand JSP pages. I also did the 3 practice exams on the accompanying cd, and scored an average of 85%. I did other online practice exams and my score was much lower. I wanted to get above 90%, and decided to splurge and purchase a commercial product, $35, (the one recommended on the cd). If you truly want to kill the exam, you should consider purchasing a commercial exam simulator.
3. Shocking level of mistakes & spelling errors. The book averages an error every 10 pages or so. Still gets 5 stars because of the succinct writing and the 3 practice exams included, which you really do need. Contrary to other reviews, the extensive errata does not make it a bad book. Simply download the errata from www.manning.com/deshmukh and go through your copy with a pencil and fix all the mistakes yourself. (Or you can do what I initially did; and work through the book, every example, and try to spot them yourself).
4. Other reviews mention that to get a great score you really need to read the specs. Well, the servlet and JSP specs are about 130 pages each of facts and statements, with another 100 pages tacked on the end for all the syntax and package/class hierarchy. It's very difficult to read specs, but if that is ok with you, it WILL help a lot.
5. In the back of the book, there is, more or less, a complete example of a Deployment Descriptor (web.xml) file. This is IMPORTANT to study because the elements of a Deployment Descriptor must occur in the right order. This example will reveal that order to you. The book mentions the order, but since the book is broken up into chapters, you easily forget it. Or you can try to memorize the DTD for a Deployment Descriptor at Sun's website; which is a dry way of learning, indeed.
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- Preparation for SCWCD Exam
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