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Christophe Verré
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Hi Charles,

First of all, thank you very much for all the quality answers you provide at the Ranch.

About your new book, did you write the content by following the Exam Objectives at Sun's certification homepage ? We know they are things like Dynamic Attributes which appear at the exam, but are not explicitly written in the objectives. Or did you simply follow the Servlet/JSP/JSTL Specifications ?
 
Charles Lyons
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About your new book, did you write the content by following the Exam Objectives at Sun's certification homepage ? We know they are things like Dynamic Attributes which appear at the exam, but are not explicitly written in the objectives. Or did you simply follow the Servlet/JSP/JSTL Specifications ?
The book is largely based on the exam objectives; a copy of the objectives and how they map to the chapters in the book can be found in Appendix A. However, having sat the beta exam myself (120 gruelling questions in 5 hours!), when I started writing I had a good feel for what topics were involved and for how the exam itself is structured. So while I largely followed the exam objectives, you'll find lots of other useful things in the book: dynamic attributes are indeed a topic stated most clearly. But also you'll come to a point in your career when you'll need to use tag attributes and cooperating tags: so those topics are in the book anyway, even if they're not in the exam. Likewise, all the JSTL core tags are listed for completeness so the book acts as a solid reference, but those not on the exam are marked "Not an Exam Objective" so you know you don't have to cram them! There are also no questions on non-exam topics so you won't find yourself panicking about things you don't (have to) know.

The book was written with the goal of not only being an exam guide with lots of questions, but also as a compact reference to keep on your desk. Perhaps the part I find most useful on a daily basis (which you don't get from API docs or IDE helpers) is the XML schemas drawn in tree form - like the deployment descriptor and TLD references. You can see a couple of these trees in the sample chapter 18 provided on the website:

http://www.garnerpress.com/catalogue/BK0316
 
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