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Server Technologies - how to study?

 
T Vergilio
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Could anyone recommend a book that I could use to learn server side technologies and pass the SCJA exam?

I have read:

Head First Java

McKenzie's book and the mock exam questions book

Liguori's book


I have no experience with Java and I am learning it from scratch. I seem to be doing fine in the other areas, but I am still confused when it comes to server side technologies (loads of acronyms to memorise, not a lot makes sense).

I have recently attempted McKenzie's mock exam questions (from the mock exam book) and failed miserably (40%). I don't know where to find the information, most of the questions were about things I had never ever heard of before (if it is not in the books I mentioned above, I will positively not have heard of it).

Please help. What else do I need to read?
 
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for me - 50% was learning to take the questions. you can read and read all you want and still fail. start with the ranch rules round up. then whizlabs or other practice exam.
 
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Yeah, I can usually get the answers right when I try the test again some other time. But I get the feeling I am memorising the answers to the questions, rather than learning what each thing actually does. When I get a new question I haven't encountered before, I usually get it wrong

Would it be a good idea to read the introduction to Head First EJB and Head First Servlets and JSPs? Are there other books which would be better?

Thank you.
 
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