I passed the SCJP 1.4, but can I still apply for the SCWCD 5? According to the sun web-site, it seems to be possible: "To achieve this certification, candidates must successfully complete one exam. Prior to attempting certification, candidates must be certified as a Sun Certified Programmer (SCJP), any edition".
The edition of the SCJP would actually not matter. I did not see this point in the FAQ.
Yep, you can do this. I have the same SCJP cert level and I completed the 310-083 exam yesterday (92%). I strongly suggest you prepare for this with not only the HFSJ book, but also any/all mock exams you can get your hands on. As for fee-based mock exams, I chose Enthuware's product. They have trial versions to help you get a feel for the engine/interface before you buy into it.
Also, I've seen commentary on these boards about the new SCWCD 5 exam being the same as the SCWCD 1.4 exam with a few changes to reflect performance-based testing rather than knowledge-based. As a result, I expected fewer rote memory questions and more what-does-this-code-do type of questions. For the most part, that is correct; however, I was surprised to see Java 5 syntax in a few code examples.
Can you please tell me how to prepare for SCWCD 5.0. I m planning to take this exam. Already i have cleared SCJP 1.5. How long will it take to prepare for the exam. I have only HFSJ book. Do i want to buy any other book.Also send me the links for preparation and for mock exams.
The only book I used to study was HFSJ 1st ed. Other material included the JavaDocs (javax.servlet, javax.servlet.http, etc), Servlet 2.4 spec, JSP 2.0 spec, JSTL 1.1 spec, and of course the SCWCD forum here. Links and mock exam information can be found by using the links at the top of the main SCWCD forum page, https://coderanch.com/forums/f-18/java-Web-Component-SCWCD.
As for preparation time, it took me about 3 months total time. Keep in mind that my study time was limited to mainly nights and weekends, roughly 2 hours a day, and included some code experimentation just as a first-hand account of behavior. Tools used were JDK 1.4.2 and Tomcat 5.0.30; yeah, I know they're old versions but this is a 1.4-based exam. You could use a more robust container such as WebLogic if you like, but it's overkill for this preparation.
As many have said before me, you'll know when you're ready. Don't rush it. You won't need to know every last detail in all of the specs, but it will help to read them as companion material to the HFSJ book. I read the applicable HFSJ chapters first, then read the spec material. Just don't try to read the specs at night while in bed; you _will_ get very sleepy doing that.
Good luck. -- Chris
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