What do you think of taking the trainings offered by sun verses studying on my own with the head first book?
I'm a project manager looking to beef up my tech skills by geting certified as a web component developer and eventually to a business component deveoper.
I've read through the highly recommended head first servlet &jsp book and am not quite ready to take the exam.
The course i'm looking at is: Web Component Development With Servlet and JSP Technologies (WJB-314-EE5)
Its on sale now for 25% off which is why i was considering it.
I've been very pleased with anything by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for exam preparation. I used their study guide book for SCJP and did quite well. The Head First book is a little different, but it seems to be very thorough.
I had tried another book before their book and found the other book to be very incomplete.
I've never done any official training from Sun so I can't really compare. I've taken some classes at JavaOne from Sun (not related to certification) and found that there were some really great instructors and some not so great instructors. It depended which instructor you got.
I m not talking abt training at Sun since it really depends on instructor and they emphasize on the concepts and not the exam
I am talking abt Sun practice tests. Nothing can beat it. No books nothing. Of course the weak points are - it does not time you and it is not in exam format but the level of difficulty and the syllabus is most accurately covered. Also, there are very few mistakes