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Is SCWCD a oxymoron

 
Kishore Dandu
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Is it relavant any more(with ever changing approaches to wc development like Struts, JSF, Tapestry etc and since the test does not touch these aspects).
 
Kathy Sierra
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There are really two different issues: what you might want to use going forward if you have complete control, and what you will be expected to use/develop/refactor in the gazillion companies that are using Servlets and JSPs today.

Going forward, things will shift away from some of the complexity (mess -- Wally, you aren't nuts) that exists today trying to have a good solution for MVC in the web tier. But that's going to take a long time to really evolve, and a knowledge of Servlets and JSPs is still going to be essential. Although it is true that *some* of the stuff on the exam will become less important in the future, especially to those who will never have to look at/maintain existing web component code.

You bring up a good point, though. When newer frameworks start to take hold and emerge as a standard, you will see them on the exam. But right now, the exam is based on surveys of what *most developers are using today* and projected to use for the next 12 months. 18 months from now, the picture will be different.

cheers,
Kathy
 
Bob Shiels
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To affirm Kathy's point (not that it needs any affirmation), the test covers the fundamentals. Those who do not fully grasp the foundation will not likely fully appreciate other technologies built on that foundation.

I am curently mentoring a couple of others at work, and I am managing to enable them to use the reuseable components that are a part of our framework. The downside is that there is no depth to their knowledge yet. They can't be left on their own for too long before they start drawing wrong conclusions and making a mess.

The bottom line is that to them, these reuseable components represent magic. We've managed to teach them a small number of incantations, but they are utterly incapable of thinking outside the box.
 
Nicholas Cheung
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I think the basic concepts are the most important issue. Keep in mind that technologies change too fast, 2 years ago, Struts is popular, nowadays, people focus on JSF, and maybe 1 year later, both of them disappeared. (just joking)

However, the core technologies are still there. You need to know how the request and response are processes, and how to link up with different applications, and the basic configurations. If you understand them, it is not that easy to pick up the new stuffs and framework.

Thus, SCWCD is still worth to go for.

Nick
 
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