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How different is this book?

 
Rakesh Enoch
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Hi Charles,

I have been trying to attempt SCWCD but hardly find time from my work schedule. I'm looking for a book which is simple and full of examples and having mock tests. What makes this book different from others.
 
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Rakesh Enoch wrote:What makes this book different from others.

This is a common question, and it's always difficult to answer because everyone likes to read slightly different styles. But I guess as Marc identifies in The Bunkhouse review, most regulars here will be comparing other books to HFSJ - which I have to disclaim that I've never even scanned through. So taking Marc's word for it (and who wouldn't?!), my book has much less "foofoo noise" and is more the style of a traditional textbook. I will say for myself that it's laid out in a logical fashion making it easy to learn from cover-to-cover. The idea was to break each chapter down into digestible chunks and have each chapter build on the previous one. So you start with simple servlet bits and work through JSPs, EL, deployment and patterns only as you are able to fully understand how individual components in the Web container work together, and importantly also the need for each technology.

In terms of differences with other books, we're also sticklers for quality and detail. In real terms, we had very few errata suggestions for the First Edition, and all of those corrections have been incorporated into this new Second Edition. The First Edition also passed through four separate proof reading stages, and the Second Edition through another pass. So in total we've had five full proof readings and corrections from other readers.

You will find lots of questions in the book (and they're designed to be pretty tough to really get you thinking), and there is an online mock exam included with the book too. The book contains small examples pertinent to the discussions - but I always encourage you to try developing your own mini-Web apps for yourself to get the experience.

You can see the style of the chapters through the example chapter and table of contents at SCWCD Study Companion publisher's homepage.
 
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Charles-

By "online test" do you mean a web enabled test or is it a desktop application?

If it's a desktop application, is it Windows only or does it work on the Mac as well?

I ask because I got burned in the past with some mock exams that were Windows only.

Thanks,
Josh
 
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Joshua Smith wrote:By "online test" do you mean a web enabled test or is it a desktop application?


In this topic he clearly mentioned that it is a web-based mock exam.
 
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Thanks. Just discovered it. I was reading from the bottom up. ;-)
 
Rakesh Enoch
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Thanks Charles for your detailed explanation. I'll surely consider your book and give my reviews. Good luck!!!
 
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