I just cleared SCJP1.5 and now want to prepare SCWCD.
If any body could suggest how much time it will take to prepare SCWCD if you have a fare idea about JSP & Servlets. Also if any of you can point out something which needs to be taken care for preparation and real exam. Thanks Kamal
I started preparing for it from Jan this year, but still not finding time and having full confidence in giving it just because of the work pressure. Sometimes, I'm even not getting enough time to prepare...so it all depends on each one of us.
I think with the HFSJ in hand, it should take not more than a month even for a novice.
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I have recently cleared the SCWCD exam. Like you, I had a fair understanding of servlets and also a bit of JSP and custom tags background, but little knowledge of EL. I started the preparation about mid-February and cleared the exam on May 2, about 2 1/2 months all together.
I used the HFSJ as my study guide and studied about 2 hours per day. (Slightly more during weekends.) After I had completed the HFSJ, I spent a couple of weeks on a thorough repetition of the entire book. I found the repetition very useful and recommend it highly. During this period I produced a lot of study notes. Also, I did a lot of API, lifecycle, DD and TLD memorizing. And, of course, just learnt the implicit objects offhand :-)
After this I spent a few bucks buying the exam simulators from both WhizLabs and Enthuware (JWebPlus). So the last three weeks I spent doing mock exams, typically 1/3 or 1/2 exam at a time. Doing a full exam of 69 questions straight each time is too tiresome. Beside that, I often spent more time going through the answers, right or wrong, then on actually answering the questions.
I found doing a lot of mock exams very useful since this helped me to identify my weak points. During this period I referred to the servlet, JSP and JSTL specs extensively.
In my opinion, HFSJ is definitely recommendable. I didn't use any other study guide, so I cannot really compare it with the other alternatives available.
There are at least two issues with the HFSJ that you should be aware of.
1. On page 254, it is stated that HttpSessionActivationListener must be registered in the DD. This is wrong and it took me a couple of failed mock exam questions to realize it. Neither HttpSessionActivationListener nor HttpSessionBindingListener should be specified in the DD.
2. Dynamic attributes is not really covered by HFSJ. There is a coffee cram question on this topic, but that's all. Beware that you might face questions about dynamic attributes on the certification exam. I know. I got two of them! So make sure to learn the basics. There is a tutorial written by HFSJ-author Bryan Basham available in this newsgroup. Please check it out!
These are the two issues I really remember. Both are serious enough to cost you failed questions on the exam.