Hi everyone I am new to Servlets and JSP. I need to learn them fast and start coding. I stumbled upon this book Head first Servlets & JSP.Is this the book for people who want to take up SCWCD exam? I have no plans of taking the exam. I just need to use JSP and servlets in my next project, so i need to have good knowledge of the subject.I dont want to waste my time on a wrong book as i am in a very tight schedule so Is it the right book for me? If not please suggest me a good book. Thanks in advance for all ur suggestions and advice
I recently got this book and found it very good. I too had no intention of taking the exam but still it was very useful. Bear in mind though the book is written in such a way that you kind of need to go through it chapter by chapter, whereas with other books you might tend to dip in and out of various chapters. Personally I thought this was good but you do need to have a bit of time on your hands.
Same here. It's a very good learning book. And, despite what its look might suggest, it's not a "dummy" book; it covers a very broad area of subject with significant depth. But it's true that it's a little hard to use as a reference book... Though by the time you really need a pure reference book, the Javadoc and Internet are often all you need!
I am going through this book as we speak. I find it very informative and it covers topics to a good depth. I had previously read Marty Hall's Core Servlets & JavaServer Pages 2nd Edition. His book seemed not to cover any topic as well as Head First. I think the Hall's book was intended to be the first part of a 2-part book because he keeps referring to "Volume 2" but as of today, there is no Volume 2. While Head first is a little more difficult to read just due to its style, which takes some getting used to, I find it provides a wealth of useful information and good examples that Hall's book did not.
Head First Servlets and JSP is considerably newer than even the second edition of Hall's book. In terms of a second VOLUME, maybe that's the "MORE Servlets and JSPs" title.
I actually thought Core Servlets and JSPs had deeper technical information in it (maybe I am biased because I read Core Servlets and JSPs first), but that Head First Servlets and JSPs was an extremely enjoyable read with great, modern, presentation (like any other Kathy Sierra book I have read).
Also, check out the reviews on amazon.com for both books and see how they fit your needs.
Both Head First and Marty Halls 2 books (Core Servlets and More Servlets)are very good books. The HF book has detail about the subject and will get you a thorough understanding of it.. Marty's books has a whole lot of fully working examples that you can find useful as a professional. I have been doing this for a while, and at most shops I have worked at, the #1 book on developer's shelve is the Core Servlets book. I just recently bought the HF book since I started to think about the exam. As others have said, the book is not just an exam book. It's a very good Servlet/JSP develepment book.
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