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Passed SCWCD - 86%

 
Dmitry Konyukh
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Hi everybody !

Well, it took almost two weeks before I decided to share my experience. First of all, thanks Ranchers for tons of useful info posted here! In addition I read HFSJ book , SCWCD study guide 1st edition (I also read a few chapters of 2nd edition in Barnes'n'Nobles) and specs for Servlet, JSP and JSTL API. As for specs I used them mostly as a reference, it would take you months to read it all. Now, what did I get -

1) 5-6 questions on design patterns. Scored 100% here, everything is described pretty clear in HFSJ book. One question required to select 2 patterns, but a combination of Business Delegate and Service Locator was an obvious choice.
2) ~9-10 EL questions, I messed up few of them. Most things were related to the [] operator, how does container process string literals there and when does it look for bound attributes.
3) 4-5 DD questions, one of them was about <ejb-local-ref> tag.
4) 5-6 different security related questions (a couple related to DD elements, one drag-and-drop).
5) 4 filter related questions. One of them was discussed in the following thread (too bad it appeared after I passed my exam) - http://www.coderanch.com/t/170871/java-Web-Component-SCWCD/certification/Passed-SCWCD-two-cents
6) couple questions requiring good knowledge of HttpSession and ServletRequest API.
7) few JSTL questions. As I remember it was about core set, url, import and param tags. One question asked how to encode URL.

All other questions I remember less clear, it was 2 weeks ago. Nothing really special. One question about tag handlers required knowledge that findAncestorWithClass() is a method of SimpleTagSupport but not of JspContext. There were 4 or 5 similar code fragments and it took me a while to remember that. Ah, very interesting one - there was a question listeners that should be configured in DD. There were 6 listeners thereand I had to select three that must be declared in DD. Given options left me no choice but to include HttpSessionActivationListener there. It was very confusing because I saw threads here where people say that there is no need to specify this listener in DD. Don't know, maybe I misunderstood the question.
Few general comments. I would read more about security. I did not expect that much questions on this topic and got the poorest score for it - 66%. There were no questions about dynamic attributes. I did not expect 4 questions on filters but based on the results it was not that hard.
As for preparation, 3 mock-up test from SCWCD study guide and final test from HFSJ (46/69) were really helpful ! I also took Sun's and Whizlabs trial tests and couple a few more mocks (listed on JavaRanch). Practice is a must here. Well, that's it. Good luck for those who's going to pass SCWCD in future !
[ November 17, 2005: Message edited by: Dmitry Konyukh ]
 
Alex Cheung
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Can someone please verify which listeners must be declared in the DD and which must not? I am curious even though I am done with the exam. Thanks in advance!
 
Paul Bourdeaux
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Originally posted by Alex Cheung:
Can someone please verify which listeners must be declared in the DD and which must not? I am curious even though I am done with the exam. Thanks in advance!


Only the HttpSessionListener and HttpSessionAttributeListener need to be declared in the DD. Check out this thread which talks about it, the errata in HFSJ, and a nice way to remember some of the details about the listeners.
 
Rizwan Mohammad
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Hey Congrats!
 
Narendra Dhande
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Congrats
 
Kim Lauwers
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Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:


Only the HttpSessionListener and HttpSessionAttributeListener need to be declared in the DD. Check out this thread which talks about it, the errata in HFSJ, and a nice way to remember some of the details about the listeners.


And ServletContextListener also not?
 
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Bert Bates
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Congrats Dmitry!

That's a great score!

- Bert
 
Priyank Nautiyal
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Congratulations,well done,i cleared mine with 85%
 
Gurunath Policherla
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Hi Dmitry
Congratulations & all the best for your next certification
 
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