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Please help: new SCWCD exam objectives

 
Bryan Basham
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Hello SCWCD forum,
My name is Bryan Basham. I work for Sun Microsystems in the Education Services division. I am also the creator/maintainer of the SCWCD exam objectives.
This summer Sun is updating the SCWCD exam to match the new servlet/JSP specs (v2.4 and v2.0 respectively). I am currently in the process of evaluating the current exam objectives and the new features of servlet/JSP components. I would like to hear from those of you have have passed the current exam. I would like to hear your opinions about:
  • which sections (or individual objectives) do you feel are relatively unimportant and should be removed from the exam?
  • which new techologies do you feel will be relatively more important and should be added to the new exam?


  • Please remember that this exam is about fundamental Web tier technologies and is not about advanced features or frameworks, such as Struts.
    You can either post back to this forum/thread or you can email me directly at bryan.basham@sun.com
    Finally, I will be writing a SCWCD study guide under the Head First banner with Kathy and Bert. I am very excited about this prospect and we will keep you all informed as the book (and the new exam) evolve.
    Cheers,
    Bryan
     
    Quentin Ng
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    Hello Bryan,
    What is the tentative schedule for the new ver. of SCWCD?
    Will there be any beta exam before that like SCBCD? and When?
    Thanks
    Quentin
     
    Rajeev Ravindran
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    hi Bryan,
    This summer Sun is updating the SCWCD

    could u plz tell me which month is summer..I'm planning to take SCWCD exam with in a week or 2..
    Thanks,
    raj
     
    Bryan Basham
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    Hi guys,
    There is no definite schedule for the release of the updated exam. We are beginning to evaluate the changes now and it will take anywhere between 5-10 months before the new exam is released.
    HTH,
    Bryan
     
    Pourang Emami
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    Dear Bryan
    Are new objectives covered in your book(the Head First SCWCD)?
    Thank you for the efforts of you and your friends.
    Best Regards,
    Pourang Emami
     
    Billy Tsai
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    I believe the tag library part is pretty useless and should be excluded, should include more J2EE technologies in terms of distributed objects and algorithms
     
    Dani Mazzuca
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    Hi,
    Regarding new and old SCWCD objectives.
    "Which sections (or individual objectives) do you feel are relatively
    unimportant and should be removed from the exam?"
    * Less DD and TLD syntax questions (DD and TLD concepts are more important
    than proper syntax).
    * Less about custom tags implementations (we will use mostly JSTL and
    other libraries).
    * Less about setProperty and getProperty tags (they will be less useful
    with EL).
    * Less about JSP XML syntax (does anyone use it?)
    "Which new technologies do you feel will be relatively more important
    and should be added to the new exam?"
    * EL is a MUST.
    * Although it is not in the JSP2.0 specs, JSTL is also a MUST (remember
    that Patterns are not also in the specs).
    * Functions will be very important in some cases.
    * I don't think new JSP custom tags very important either.
    * More about advantage, disadvantage, comparison and proper use of JSP vs.
    servlets and vs. other technologies.
    * Don't forget filters this time.
    * More about new and old implicit objects.
    Note I didn't read anything about new servlets 2.4 functionality yet.
    Dani
     
    Bryan Basham
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    Hello again,
    Thanks for all of your feedback on this.
    If you have further comments please email me directly at:
    bryan.basham@sun.com
    Regards,
    Bryan
     
    Ashik Uzzaman
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    The very important Filter part should not be missed any how
     
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