Sjoerd Reitsma

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I didn't get a lot of questions with the option "None of the above", and I never picked that option. (Scored 56 out of 59)
Mark,
The Sun Java University SCWCD Certification Fast Path course (one day, $395 Canadian at the Vancouver Comdex) was very helpful for me.
The instructor was one of the small group of people who wrote the actual exam questions, so obviously he knows what the students need to know. The course was well taught, and covered all the sections of the requirements for the exam.
For me, it really laid out the roadmap on what I needed to study, and it also gave me a nice dose of confidence that I would pass the exam.
Sjoerd
PS Last year I took the SCJP Fast Path Course, taught by Philip Heller. Excellent! Passed that exam with 93%.
The exam covers Servlets 2.3 and JSP 1.2.
The newer servlet API includes filters (not on the exam) and listeners (is part of the exam).
There are also changes in JSP (the Tags API, XML syntax, both on exam).
Most of the stuff is the same, but why would you study the old stuff?
I am writing this for two reasons:
1) to thank JavaRanch and its contributors for all the help
2) to show off my mark - 94%
How did I do it:
1) I have experience with servlets and jsp at work and at school.
2) I took the Sun Java University SCWCD Certification Fast Path course.
3) I followed the JavaRanch links to mock exams and notes.
4) I really studied the API and the web.xml DTD.
One note about the links: Miftah Khan's JSP notes cover JSP 1.1, not 1.2. I only noticed it because there was mention of the (deprecated) EVAL_BODY_TAG attribute.
Otherwise Ken and Miftah's notes were very nice, as were the exams from Mika and JavaRanch.
Best of luck to all you people studying and thanks again for all the help.
Sjoerd.
Ant 101 from a junior programmer:
I downloaded Ant from Jakarta and set the ANT_HOME variable and added ANT_HOME\bin to the path.
Then I started reading the documentation in the manual (\docs\manual\index.html). I took the build.xml example from the section Using Ant in the manual and started playing with it.
When it dawned on me how it worked, I kept adding more and more tasks. I was amazed at the power and speed of Ant.
The build.xml is basically a lists of tasks you CAN do (compile, copy, create a war file, etc.), combined with target directives which specify which tasks you WILL do with a particular target setting.
The first time I used Ant I just used someone else's build.xml and changed some variables. It did the job, but I did not really understand how it worked. The second time I built my own build file, and then I was able to do much more with it, because I had grasped the idea behind it.
Enjoy Ant! It can save you a lot of time.
18 years ago