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Hands On Web Services

 
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I am studying for the SCDJWS exam and have a few questions on what to study. I have read "J2EE Web Services" (author, R.M-H) and "Building Web Services with Java" (published by Sams, var. authors) . The first question is, how unprepared will I be if I neglect "Blue Prints" (by Sun)?

The second question has more to do with getting hands on experience. I get little J2EE web service experience at work right now and I am spending time just building web services w/ Axis at home. My 'problem' with Axis is that they make it too easy I can crank out web services with Eclipse's wizards all day and night but I don't learn the objectives. Furthermore, what I do learn, although an asset in and of itself, may not be on the exam. For example, which descriptors are on the exam, webservices.xml or *.wsdd ?

One more question for this post: what is the best framework to pick up in order to prepare for the exam ? I need something to experiment with.
 
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You might want to check my specification-objective matrix for the SCDJWS exam:
http://radio.javaranch.com/val/pages/SCDJWS_spec_matrix.html?printable=true

It'll give you some idea of which objectives are covered (and not) by your readings and where you can find additional readings to help you cover all objectives.

As for the framework, I would strongly advise to take Sun's JWSDP 1.4 framework.
 
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