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Poonam Kohli
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Hi All,

I passed SCJP today and am planning to go for SCWCD now.

Is HeadFirst book sufficient for this? I got this book today and it seems an interesting book. But kind of funny!! Are you sure, this book is enough to pass exam?

Regarding specs.. I see people read specs.. Are you saying you have to go through those big documents? Memorize them?

Thanks so much.
 
Nabila Mohammad
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Well, I am not in a postition in giving you this answer , as I am still preparing for this exam.
But i guess from what i heard, for lots of ppl this book was enough, and others took help of other books as well. Matter of your choice and satisfaction.
The funny looking book is what makes it interesting .. so enjoy the learning experience!!

And as far as the specs are concerned, I dont think you have to memorise them as such.. but go through them while you are studying ,you'll get familiar with it.
It's the same - the way you studied for SCJP!

Hope I was of some help...
Take care..
Have a great day n Congrats for passing SCJP
 
Minu Jain
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Hi
Yes, Head First is more than enough for SCWCD. Infact its the best part about preparing for the exam. You'll surely enjoy the experience as the book is very entertaining but at the same covers the objectives of the exams completely. I scored 88% only with this book. I also used enthuware's mock exams but only once I was thorough with Head First. As for the specs, you don't have to worry much. As you move ahead in the book, keep looking at the spec once in a while. The book covers everything you need to learn or memorize.
Hope this helps.
Good Luck with the preparation
and many congratulations on clearing SCJP
 
Reidar Gjerstad
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Hi

Congrats on passing the SCJP!

I am preparing for the SCWCD exam. In my opinion the HFSJ book has a weakness in that they try to make everything so funny that it takes attention away from the important material. Some of the chapters are also organized in such a way that understanding the material is difficult. Eg Chapter 9 deals with scriptles JSPs. They explain about actions to be performed on JavaBeans, but there is no proper explanation about what JavaBeans are and how to use them.

These frustrations made me take up "Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages" by Marty Hall et al. It is an excellent book and complements the HFSJ by making very clear and concise explanations. Eg the use of SingleThreadModel was explained in a crystal clear way in Hall's book as compared to HFSJ. HFSJ just made me confused.

"Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages" volume I is available for free download. See link here on Javaranch.

"Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages" is probably not tailor made for the exam as HFSJ. That might explain the more clear and concise treatment of subjects.

Finally the HFSJ in paperback just disintegrates with time. The pages just start falling out.

Cheers
Reidar Gjerstad
 
Chamara Jayaweera
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Hi,

The HFSJ is almost enough to SCWCD.I read this book 3 times since my exam preperation had some breaks.Get the concepts well from the book and implement them on your own sample applications since just reading the book is not enough for any exam.So then do the mock exams and face the exams.

 
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Head First book multiple reads (cover to cover) + Marc Peabody's notes + discussion on this forum + enthuware for practice should see you through easily.

Make sure you read those designer boxes of text in head First book because what the authors say in those boxes is generally very important from the exam point of view.

Vinay
 
Deepali Anand
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Reidar Gjerstad wrote:Hi

Congrats on passing the SCJP!

I am preparing for the SCWCD exam. In my opinion the HFSJ book has a weakness in that they try to make everything so funny that it takes attention away from the important material. Some of the chapters are also organized in such a way that understanding the material is difficult. Eg Chapter 9 deals with scriptles JSPs. They explain about actions to be performed on JavaBeans, but there is no proper explanation about what JavaBeans are and how to use them.

These frustrations made me take up "Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages" by Marty Hall et al. It is an excellent book and complements the HFSJ by making very clear and concise explanations. Eg the use of SingleThreadModel was explained in a crystal clear way in Hall's book as compared to HFSJ. HFSJ just made me confused.

"Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages" volume I is available for free download. See link here on Javaranch.

"Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages" is probably not tailor made for the exam as HFSJ. That might explain the more clear and concise treatment of subjects.

Finally the HFSJ in paperback just disintegrates with time. The pages just start falling out.

Cheers
Reidar Gjerstad


I agree with Reidar.

According to me, you should have thorough knowledge of all topics. To clear the concepts, go though 'Core SErvlets...'
From exam point of view, that book will not serve the purpose.

After that for examination, atleast refer 2 books - Head First... and SCWCD by David Bridgewater. Cover topics and exams from both the books, at least twice.

Mock exams on web are very useful too - You can try on www.scribd.com - Books + papers are available online there.


Best of luck.

 
Poonam Kohli
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Thanks everyone for inputs. I am really enjoying HeadFirst book, as I type this message.

 
Vinay Nath
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Just to clarify my earlier post, Head First book is enough if you have basic knowledge about JSP & Servlets and their deployment, which of course is a must before you even think about taking this exam.

If you don't have prior knowledge about these topics, then you have to read a gamut of books before even thinking to take this exam.
 
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Hi

If you are completely new to Servlets and JSP, I would recommend reading and following Murach`s Java Servlets and JSP. Its an ideal beginner book for these technologies. Once you are familiar with these concepts, you can safely move on to Head First. You can say Murach is more of a how-to-make-it-work while Head First is more of why-does-it-work-that-way book.
But at the same time, some people have grasped these concepts after multiple readings of the Head First offering only.
If you require a short instruction guide on how to make the code samples in Head First Servlets & JSP run on your Windows machine, feel free to send a PM.

Regards
Ravi
 
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ravi gupta wrote:Hi

If you are completely new to Servlets and JSP, I would recommend reading and following Murach`s Java Servlets and JSP. Its an ideal beginner book for these technologies. Once you are familiar with these concepts, you can safely move on to Head First. You can say Murach is more of a how-to-make-it-work while Head First is more of why-does-it-work-that-way book.
But at the same time, some people have grasped these concepts after multiple readings of the Head First offering only.
If you require a short instruction guide on how to make the code samples in Head First Servlets & JSP run on your Windows machine, feel free to send a PM.

Regards
Ravi


Thanks for the inputs.. I am actually working in these technologies for about two years now. So, the concepts are not new. Based on all the remarks here in this post I guess Head First suits me.

Unless someone else wants to continue the discussion here, we can close this topic. I recieved my answers and am really thankful to everyone here.
 
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