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hemamalini s.
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I want to ask whether Head First Java is same as K&B book for certification for SCJP.I mean whether Head First Java is meant for SCJP?
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Shakti Palo
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Hema,
HeadFirst is a good book. But my personal suggestion is that you grasp the K&B book completely. If you can refer Khalid Mugal's book, its good. Then go on apearing mock tests.

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Alexander Kolesnikov
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I'd say the SCJP book is better. After reading that one I didn't have any surprises on the exam. HF Servlets is still better for SCWCD than anything else (i.m.o.), but today I had my SCWCD exam and I must say that I had questions which are not covered in the book, or not covered in enough details. I still got 86%, but this exam was more difficult than SCJP.

The (minor) downside of HF Servlets is that in mock questions some questions definitely should not be there - they are about topics which are just not on the exam, as the authors themselves admit. But this might be some trick from cognitive science, I don't know.

So the mock questions in the HF book LOOK more difficult than those on the real exam. May be this is the reason why the other guys are writing here that the real exam questions are easy. Well, some of them ARE easy, and this is exactly what I thought after answering the first 15 or so questions. But then there was a bunch of questions with significant pieces of code, and then bloody EL stuff which wasn't covered deeply enough in the book. Well, I managed to do 100% of the EL questions, but I don't know, how that happened.

On the other side, I answered only 25% of questions on standard actions, and this is really wierd. I just remember that <jsp:setProperty/> was often in the questions, and the answers weren't as obvious ass i'd think.

The exam isn't really easy so don't be too relaxed. And I'd think reading specs would be useful. If only there weren't so many of them for SCWCD.
 
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