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well done on finishing the book

 
chanoch wiggers
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Hey dan, sam
well done on finishing the book. you look lovely on the cover will you give us a summary of what you think of the book - what you enjoyed most about writing it, that kind of thing.
Also, I would be interested to know to what extent you have to understand the internals of java on the server - how the container works, rather than the lifecycle of servlets that is, those kind of things that probably help the architect but possibly hinder the beginner. We seem to get a lot of questions around here about things that at work I have never had to deal with .
 
Dan Jepp
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Hi Chanoch
Thanks for your comments about the book, it was hard work but well worth it!
Personally, the most enjoyable aspect of writing he book was probably being able to sort out the problems that I came up against when I took the exam, Let me explain further.....
When I took the exam there were no such texts around and I felt that I had to spend so much time switching between different books, specs online references etc, as well as the excellent SCWCD links, that sometimes it felt like it was hard work just being able to study effectively. On top of this there is a large amount of conflicting and often misinterpreted information thats out there which doesn't help when your under pressure to pass!
It really gave me a sense of achievement to have hopefully eradicated this problem for people wishing to take the exam today by pulling in all the required info into a single book, something I craved for when studying.
As for your second point, yes i agree it seems some people can seem to get caught up too much in implementation details of the Servlet and JSP specs. Hence the posts such as "why wont my servlet work on WebLogic etc". This is particularly noticeable with beginners.
The exam is based around the Servlet and JSP specifications and whilst its imposible really not to get a feel for the lower level implementation details of your chosen container, this is not needed for the exam but of course is essential for your everyday development needs.
My advice is stick to the Specs! (Oh and Pro SCWCD Certification)
Thanks for your post and your initial input into the book!
Dan
 
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