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Author/s : Natalie Levi, Phillip Heller.
Publisher : Sybex Inc.
Category : Certification Java
Review by : Matthew Phillips
Rating : 3 horseshoes
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This could have been a great book. The authors did an excellent job of explaining the details of Web Component development in an interesting way. Unfortunately, it appears that they did not know the topic well enough to be writing about it in the first place.
This book has not been out long and the errata page is already huge. I can overlook the many typographical errors, but the factual errors I cannot. It is even worse that the factual errors are explained with the same detail as the valid information. This leaves me with the impression that the book was not rushed, so I cannot think of any explanation for why it is so bad. A corrected second edition would be a welcome sight, but unless that comes don�t use this as your only resource for the exam. You will end up retaking it.
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Author/s : Natalie Levi
Publisher : Sybex
Category : Java Certification
Review by : Michael Morris
Rating : 6 horseshoes</pre>
While Sybex had a chance to redeem their credibility after the abysmal release of the Java 2 Web Developer Certification Study Guide First Edition, the Second Edition fell short. While most of the errors were corrected, some still remain. One glaring error that could cause serious trouble to a certification candidate is the assertion that Session attributes are normally thread-safe while the Servlet Specification clearly states that they are not.
The book begins with an assessment test to see what you know before you begin and to identify any weak areas you may have. The thirteen certification objectives are analyzed sequentially. Each chapter is laid out with a list of objectives to be covered, the text, a summary, a list of exam essentials and key terms and a chapter test. Interspersed in the book are Real World Scenarios giving insight into how the subject at hand is being implemented. The code examples are very easy to follow. Probably the biggest advantage to this guide is the CD that comes with it. The full text in e-book form is provided along with a great test engine with three pre-built tests and an option to generate a random test. The test environment itself is a good mockup of the actual Prometric environment with timer and option to mark a question for later review.
I would recommend this book to someone who has experience with Java web components but would advise that they use it along with the Servlet Specification.


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