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Java 2 Web Developer Certification Study Guide, 2nd Edition [Hardcover]

Natalie Levi
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November 18, 2002 0782142028 978-0782142020 2
Here's the book you need to prepare for Exam 310-080, Sun Certified Web Component Developer for J2EE Platform.

This Study Guide provides:

  • In-depth coverage of every exam objective
  • Practical information on programming servlets, developing JSP pages, and using custom tags
  • Hundreds of challenging review questions, in the book and on the CD
  • Leading-edge exam preparation software, including a testing engine

Authoritative coverage of all exam objectives, including:

  • The structure and deployment of modern servlet web applications
  • The servlet container model
  • Designing and developing servlets to handle server-side exceptions
  • Designing and developing servlets using session management
  • Designing and developing secure web applications
  • Designing and developing thread-safe servlets
  • The JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology model
  • Designing and developing reusable web components
  • Designing and developing JSP pages using JavaBean components and custom tags
  • Designing and developing a custom tag library
  • Design patterns

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


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From the Back Cover

Here’s the book you need to prepare for Exam 310-080, Sun Certified Web Component Developer for J2EE Platform.

This Study Guide provides:

  • In-depth coverage of every exam objective
  • Practical information on programming servlets, developing JSP pages, and using custom tags
  • Hundreds of challenging review questions, in the book and on the CD
  • Leading-edge exam preparation software, including a testing engine
Authoritative coverage of all exam objectives, including:
  • The structure and deployment of modern servlet web applications
  • The servlet container model
  • Designing and developing servlets to handle server-side exceptions
  • Designing and developing servlets using session management
  • Designing and developing secure web applications
  • Designing and developing thread-safe servlets
  • The JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology model
  • Designing and developing reusable web components
  • Designing and developing JSP pages using JavaBean components and custom tags
  • Designing and developing a custom tag library
  • Design patterns

About the Author

Natalie Levi is a Sun certified instructor and runs an educational testing service. She wrote the test questions for Sybex's Java 2 Virtual Test Center; she also contributed questions to Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide

Product Details

  • Series: Certification Study Guide
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2 edition (November 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782142028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782142020
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,692,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a second edition - fast August 7, 2002
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read and used the excellent "The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide: Programmer's and Developers Exams (With CD-ROM)" ISBN 0782128254, and it got a fully deserved 5 stars from me.
The Java web developer certification is the next logical step for anyone interested in moving into the world of Enterprise Java. Philip Heller was involved in both books, however I must say that he has really let me down with this one after such great expectations.
Not only is this book riddled with simple typos it also contains some very misleading errors. For someone like me who is new to the world of Servlets these mistakes can be DANGEROUSLY misleading. Some of the review questions give the wrong answers - a problem only just addressed in the newly updated errata page. Be prepared to spend a LONG time updating your book with all the corrections - there are many and somehow I think the list will grow.
To compound these errors, the error I sent to sybex regarding the second paragraph on page 81 has recently been added to the errata page at sybex.com . However they still haven't got it right!
The authors seem to be unsure whether GenericServlet is a class or an Interface. Last I heard it was a class!
To summarise, while this book may be useful to give the reader a framework within which to study (at least it tells you the exam objectives) it needs to be complemented by the api doc (for corrections) and probably another book (for a better comprehension).
I would recommend "More Servlets and JavaServer Pages" by Marty Hall which I am reading in conjunction with this book.
There are just far too many errors in this book.
Please bring out a second addition soon Philip! You owe it to your public who expected so much more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many mistakes July 28, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Just way too many mistakes. Don't use this book without having JavaDoc handy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much has changed in 2nd edition February 2, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Update: This book is written for an older version of the exam. You can no longer do the exam which this book is written for. I no longer recommend this book (unless you can get it for really really cheap price).

The second edition of this book simply corrects the typing errors in the first edition (lots of them). Unfortunately, it does not address some of the key flaws in this book:

a) Chapter 8 Thread-Safe Servlets is still wrong. Session variables and Servlet Context variables are not thread safe (the book states they are, which is incorrect). They are not thread safe!
b) Chapter 11 Web Tier Design Patterns does not cover "Front Controller" design pattern. This is not author's fault because it is not listed in the exam objectives. However, you probably want to know what this pattern is all about before the exam.
c) Some questions in the book are about XML DTD. They are not related to the exam and seem fairly pointless. Some questions in the book are misleading.
d) Personally, I feel Chapter 10 Using Custom Tags is not very well explained (mainly because the examples used are too simple).

So why 3 stars? Well, despite all those issues, I believe you can pass with just this book (I bought the SCWCD Exam Study Kit as well as this book. The SCWCD Exam Study Kit by Hanumant Deshmukh, Jignesh Malavia is far better than this book). The flaws mentioned probably will cost you at most 10-15% of your score so you most likely can still pass with this book. Therefore, the book still deserves a pass (2.5 stars, but there is no option for 2.5 so I picked 3).

If you can get this book cheap, it is worth reading (quite easy to read). However, if you want to be really safe (or you want to get only 1 book for the exam), it is wise to stay away from this book and get The SCWCD Exam Study Kit book instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even close... January 16, 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book is simply not up to snuff to prepare people to take this exam. I consider myself an advanced to expert level J2EE developer, but decided that in advance of taking the certification exam I should purchase an exam specific reference as a quick review.
Even quickly reviewing the book demonstrates it to be chock full of technical and typographical errors, as well as sorely lacking in a true understanding of the material that is being presented. If I were reading chapters from this book without having any advance knowledge of who the authors were, my impression would be that they were intelligent people who had recently taken a first training class on these topics - a fair conceptual grasp of the material, but nowhere near the level of knowledge required to pass on information to anyone else!
I imagine there are better test specific guides out there, or even better you could grab a copy of the relevant specs from Sun's website and a copy of Tomcat and learn the old-fashioned way. Whatever you do, I strongly encourage you not to spend your money on this particular item - if your skills are at an advanced level it won't help you and if you're a beginner it will only confuse you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a complete waste August 20, 2002
By dw
Format:Hardcover
This book is full of mistakes...not just typos, for which they've given an endless list at the book's website on sybex.com, but SERIOUS CONCEPTUAL mistakes. For example, at page 286 the author is trying to explain the thread safety of context parameters(???) where as the authors should have explained the thread safety of context attributes. Further, it says that context attributes are thread safe, which is WRONG.
This is just one...believe me, there are tons of such mistakes which can cost you your certifcation. This book deserves ZERO stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful book, but too many errors
As of now (second edition, hardcover), the book is in a pretty bad shape. Numerous typographical and logical errors make it a very annoying occupation to read it and, especially,... Read more
Published on May 10, 2004 by Vlad Yakhnin
1.0 out of 5 stars errors and misprints
This is a pretty bad book with huge amount of errors and misprints. It's only good to get an impression of the scope of the exam.
Published on May 6, 2004 by Vlad Yakhnin
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This is the only book I studied before sitting and passing the exam. As usual the Sybex authors were pretty clear and concise, but I do recommend purchasing some sample exam... Read more
Published on May 5, 2004 by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible structure, wrong concepts, completely useless
DO NOT buy this book if you intend to write the certification exam. Before teaching you anything it smacks you with a 65 questions 'assessment test' that is as hard as the real... Read more
Published on November 20, 2003 by A. Lui
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many misleading errors to be worthwhile
I agree with most of the previous reviewers of this book: there are simply too many hair-pullingly obvious errors and misleading aspects of this book to make it worth the... Read more
Published on February 27, 2003 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed & poorly edited
Overall I don't recommend this book - want to buy mine used, I'll give you a good deal!
I found so many mistakes in the chapter review questions - from a quality of question... Read more
Published on January 13, 2003 by David A. Koontz
1.0 out of 5 stars there is no excuse
the majority of the errata are silly typos and are excuseable.
But there is no excuse for telling the reader
the opposite of what is true,
especially when you're... Read more
Published on January 5, 2003 by remROM
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't reccommend this !!
I recommend using additional resources
to help you pass the exam.
A lot mistakes involving Servlet Thread-Safe Model.
Published on January 3, 2003 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Book for Your Certification
I could not believe that the content of this book is not only of inferior quality, but also misleading you as certification candidates. Many concepts are presented flawed. Read more
Published on December 28, 2002 by "mingliarti"
2.0 out of 5 stars comparative review
SCWCD Exam Study Kit by Deshmukh and Malvia, Manning press
Excellent, and like the cover says- "will use it even after passing"
Gives you everthing and more... Read more
Published on December 18, 2002 by Peter M. Cooke
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