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.
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.
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