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Guidance for SCWCD Preparation

 
jenita brown
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Hi Friends,

I am an absolute novice in the field of JSP & Servlets although I have worked on the design aspect of JSPs. I intend to take the SCWCD examination by the end of December and would need all kind of suggestions from you all on how do I prepare and study so as to get a good score in the examination.

As of now I have purchased
1)Core Servlets & JSP Vol-1 (Core Technologies)
by MARTY HALL & LARRY BROWN
2)Head First Servlets & JSP

Now for a complete greenhorn in this field which book would be a better starter. I intend to read both of them but the problem is which one would be better to start with first. Something that makes the topic easy to understand and gives a better insight and has more and more examples so that I can practice.

Also I have downloaded all the specs and would read them but should I start reading them right away or keep them for the end?

Lastly should I also purchase the oft recommended SCWCD Study Guide by David Bridgewater?

Please do help me out with your valuable suggestions. I want to start my study for the Certification Examination as soon as possible so please keep motivating and helping me out.

God Bless You All..
 
Ken King
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I would probably recommend starting with the "Head First" book to get an idea of what you will be studying (since the people who wrote that book also constructed the actual exam questions). That is the book that I'm using.

I'm not sure how old the "Core Servlets" book is. Keep in mind that the exam covers JSP2.0...that book may only be JSP1.2. Nevertheless, that series does have several code examples/exercises that will be useful.

As for the specs, they are good for a reference but, in my opinion, you don't need to study them as you would the books mentioned above. Just basically use them as a reference..in fact, from what I've read here, you can do pretty well on the exam without studying these as the "Head First" book covers pretty much what you require.

Good luck!
 
jenita brown
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Hi Ken,
Thanks a ton for that prompt response.
What about the book SCWCD Study Guide by David Bridgewater.Do I purchase it?
 
Ken King
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I don't have any experience with that book, so I really can't comment on it. I would suggest doing a search on the forum and see what other people have to say about it.
 
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I'd hold off on buying any more books at this point. Also, wait to read the specs because the details will make more sense when you understand the general concepts.
 
jenita brown
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Thanks Ken & Thanks Marc !!!
 
prem arora
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Hi
My suggestion would be to go ahead with the Marty Hall book prior to going ahead with the HFSJ. As HFSJ is primarily certification oriented book, while the other one makes you learn the technology and fundamentals via a learner's approach. HFSJ would make far more sense when you have atleast had some hands on experience of a couple of weeks of writing, compiling and running your servlets and jsp's. HFSJ emphasises on same things multiple times just to make sure the reader does get the important point very well. While if you are novice, you need to first build the base to go ahead with the HFSJ.
thanks,
 
prem arora
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Also, Marc is correct, do not go for any more books as of now.That also complicates and slows down the learning and sometimes the different languages to express the same thing by different authors creates a confusion.
 
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Start with Head First Servlets and JSP. For a beginner it suits well.
 
James Mark
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HFSJ is a great book to build the basics.....
as cool as it gets...
 
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