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scwcd 5 preparation and exam impressions

 
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hello

I would like to share my humble opinions about scwcd 5 preparation and exam.

Head First 2nd edition:

pros
+ very exam relevant
+ good for beginners
+ easy to understand
+ a lot of explanations
+ funny

cons
- too long, too heavy
- one short "read before exam" summary is missing
- too much explanations if you know the subject
- final test is lousy job, must see errata or you will be confused with wrong answers


Enthuware exam simulator:

pros
+ some questions seemed to be very similar to the real thing
+ if you pass all 8 tests you will very probably pass exam

cons
- some questions seemed to be out of scope
- some explanations refer to older specifications


Exam:

-> 90% questions seemed to be easy, 10% difficult or unclear
-> memorizing API seemed to be more important than problem solving
-> a lot of time, it can be done in 55 minutes
-> one very specific question which was not mentioned in HF nor Enthuware
-> one question which I am sure all answers were wrong (unless there is a getAttribute(String) method which returns List instead of Object)
-> good answers could be often found by eliminating wrong answers


hope this helps...
 
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Good observations and I concur!

I definitely agree with HFSJ being "too heavy" after a couple of weeks studying I had quite bad RSI type pains from holding the book, and having a thick spine you couldn't rest it on a table without damaging it.

Reading it on the train was nigh impossible!

If only they made a PDF version of it that you could buy / download if you owned the book!

Rufus.
 
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I suppose you have passed so my congratulations

 
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Rufus

pdf version of head First is available check with the oreilly site
 
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