Here's what I did: 1. Read and worked through Head First Servlets & JSPs (HFS) including "Sharpen your pencils", and end of chapter tests, and making sure I understood why the right answers were right and the wrong ones wrong, by referring to the specs as annotated in the answers!
2. Read HFS again, implementing the bits of code I'd skipped on the previous run through, taking all the tests again. During this phase, made myself some 1 page summaries of each chapter (hand-copied diagrams!) as memory joggers.
3. Skimmed through HFS a third time, taking all the tests again, and going over material that I'd got wrong on any of the tests 1st time through.
During steps 1-3, read, raised, and replied to posts, and generally participated in this forum. This cleared up several of my problem areas - thanks to all those who replied to me! ...and made full use of the O'Reilly errata page http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/headservletsjsp/errata/ and search facility in javaranch.
4. Took Mock Exam ...and scored 52/69. Went through all the questions I got wrong and looked up those I needed to. Revisited what I thought were my weak areas based the questions.
5. Didn't get put off by getting 52/69 since from experience on HFEJB, this test is harder than the exam
6. Downloaded some Whizlabs and JWebplus trial versions, did the sample questions.
7. Took real exam!
8. Had a rest...
All in all, this took me about 4 weeks of studying from a background of Java & EJB experience.
Hope this helps anyone studying! [ October 22, 2004: Message edited by: Roger Yates ]
Actually, in a week's time, I'm off to Ayer's Rock, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Tasmania, New Zealand. These darn Ozzies wouldn't let me work here (unlike my partner with her working holiday visa that I am too old for ) so I thought I'd make use of my spare time brushing up on my qualifications!
Then I guess I'll have to seek employment again (which I hope these certs will help.)
Thanks for your help, we've had some interesting debates - I'll keep an eye out for a SCWCD 1.4 (non-beta) on your signature!
The two comments were unconnected - the first re: the various posts we've made that have helped my understanding - but I still maintain that EL is part of JSP2.0 . The other comment because I thought on one of your posts you'd hinted that you were thinking of taking the 1.4 (non-beta) exam, but I must have been mistaken, or tired, or both! No offence meant. [ October 22, 2004: Message edited by: Roger Yates ]
Good luck to all those taking thier exams in the next few weeks. As per my earlier post (travels in Oz), my time here will be sadly restricted over the next month or two owing to the need to find internet cafes for access, from Wednesday! I'll pop back when I can (and my partner isn't looking !)
There's just one more thing. (I think I managed to use all the graemlins apart from that one!) Now I've got the set