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*** Weight for SCWCD ***

 
Ryan Bailey
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I am preparing to take the SCWCD test this week. I was wondering if someone could tell me how extensive certain topics where covered on the test. I consider my weakest points to be Custom Tag Libraries, probably because I haven't had much experience using them. Is this topic covered extensivly? I am using the Manning book to prepare myself. I have no problem taking the Javaranch mock test. Is it really that easy. I find the jwebplus to be much harder and more in depth. Is that what I should expect or is it going to be as easy as the mocks on JavaRanch. No Offense JR, but that mock was cake.
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Varun Khanna
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Hi Ryan !!!
I took the exam last week itself ... so as per my experience paper was pretty easy, I would strongly recommend you to take all the test mentioned in the book (end of each chapters) along with the JWebplus test ... and analyse each of the question (esp. one in JWebplus) ... tht will be more then sufficient (even if you are aiming for 100% marks !!!)
If you found the mock to be cake then the main paper won't be much different
off-course there will be some speed-breakers questns. (I found 4-5 in my case) ... and they are the one need to be handled
yeah JWebPlus and other exams floating around are a bit harder, but try to figure out the questions you failed to crack & check the exam objectives as mostly these exams do contain question out of scope of SCWCD ... but then they are needed to keep the feet on ground
but even then do check out the solutions ... as u never know
Regd. taglib/custom tags ... questions were easy ... mainly about syntax and usage (may be i was lucky )!!!
HTH
all the best
[ April 30, 2003: Message edited by: varun Khanna ]
 
Mala Gupta
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Hi Ryan
Do not expect very complicated questions or questions like creating a tag library with a given functionality.
(Please refer to the section 11 and 12 of the objectives of the exam for a detailed listing).
Do play with a couple of examples on tag libraries. Take care of all the required attributes of a tag, how to create them and use them. Also, all the values, which the tag element can expect and what/how happens if you do not go according to the rules, specified. For example, according to your tag library descriptor, a tag cannot have a body, but you are providing a body for your tag! What happens - error, exception or some other unexpected behaviour? The exam will test you on this area.
Watch out for correctly written tag handlers. The exam will also test your knowledge on identifying the mistakes in a tag handle/library, how to correct them and if used without correction, what will be the output?
To be able to achieve the above, I would again suggest you to work with some examples on the tags and get confident about using them. Only then appear for the exam.
All the best for your exam.
Mala.
 
Ryan Bailey
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Thanks for your comments. I have done a little more research in the Custom Tag part of the exam and am feeling a lot more confident. Tomorrow morning is D-day for me, but I have a good feeling that I will be passing the exam.
Any more info feel free to post.
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Ryan
 
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Ryan Bailey
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Well, We'll see what happens. I am scoring in the high 80's and low 90's on JWeb+'s exams. Hopefully it's not because I have memorized all the answers
I have read my Exam Study Kit from front to back and have taken a few more mock exams, though I try to stick with what's on my book since it seems like alot of the mocks I have taken have questions that don't pertain to the actual exam. That is fine, but I don't feel like memorizing other things if not necessary. I would rather learn the key points and do well.
Wish me luck. 8.30 EST is going to come sooner than later.
Cheers
Ryan
 
Varun Khanna
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All the Best.
 
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