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Is Spec Really Required

 
Parameswaran Thangavel
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hi all,
For whom the specifications (JSP and Servlet) are really meant for.
Is it really need for the developers.

And also to score 90+ in SCWCD is spec required?

Thanx
 
Charles Lyons
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The specification is the definitive reference for container implementors and component developers - if you've ever got a dispute about something, that's the place to resolve it. The spec. ensures that developers have an absolute guarantee (contract) about what the container should do...

Most of the tiny details are really applicable only to container implementors, and you'll often find that many of those details you never need to know about or make use of. However, if you have something small which doesn't seem to work, check the spec. first - and if your container's doing something different, it's a bug in the container. The spec. is always right (at least down to misphrasing and typos).

As for scoring highly in the exam, this really depends on your aptitude rather than rote learning the spec... it would be far more important to have worked with J2EE Web constantly for a year or so in a production environment than to have memorised the specification. Indeed, if you have worked with J2EE for a long time, the exam would be a lot easier. I certainly didn't learn the spec. at all when I sat the beta, and my mark was quite high . The exam wants, largely, to make sure you know the fundamentals of developing a real Web application - it doesn't want to test all the little things no-one ever uses and rarely care about!
 
Dan Murphy
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I used only the Head First book and the dynamic attribute tutorial posted on this forum by Bert Bates and I got 89%, so I reckon there`s no need to read the specs.

Cheers,
Dan
 
Nikhil Jain
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The amount of content in the 3 specification is quite high. Is there any particular topics that we should read in the specification. Because any ways, just by glancing the specification won't help us...
 
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