Is there one book that covers everything for the SCWCD exam similar to the K&B SCJP book? When I say everything I mean does it covers Servlets, JSP etc? I read a review concerning the "Head First Servlets and JSP". I'm new to servlets and JSP's so I need a book thats good for learning and not just geared towards the certification. See the review below and tell me do you agree with this persons assessment.
I bought this book as a text book for a community college Server Side Java course. I think it was selected because it is geared toward passing the certification exam. It probably is good for that. It felt like the book can only be used one way, read each page in succession and don't go on to the next chapter until you have mastered all the nuances of the chapter you are currently in. NO SKIPPING AROUND ALLOWED. No coming back in 6 months to look up 1 thing. The first hello_world+ example is in chapter 3. It seemed as if no one from my class could get it working by using the book. I found a power point from a teacher at another university explaining it. I used that power point instead of the book. I found hundreds of posts on the internet from people who could not figure out chapter 3. Chapter 3 is the only fully described example in the book. This book might be good for mastering the subject and passing the exam but not for learning the material. I felt like the book needed a study guide companion. This book might be excellent it came with a just the facts companion book and the unabridged source code.
Everybody's got different tastes, different opinions. This is being discussed thousands of times here (take some time to search this forum). The most recommended books are Head First Servlets and JSP, and Charles Lyons' Sun Certified Web Component Developer Study Companion. Links are here.
In my view, the K&B book is an excellent resource for both purposes ... preparing for SCWCD and learning servlets, JSP, JSTL and writing custom tags. So I very much disagree with that review. However, some really like the book by Charles Lyons (ISBN: 0955160332) and I like that book a lot as a reference. Check the http://faq.javaranch.com/java/ScwcdFaq"" target="_new" rel="nofollow">FAQ for this forum section.
SCJP 5.0 (preparing for SCWCD)
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