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Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam Paperback – April 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0596516680 ISBN-10: 0596516681 Edition: Second Edition

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Do NOT try to take the Final Mock J2EE 1.5 Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD) Exam until you're ready to see how much you need Head First Servlets and JSP, the book that doesn't just give you a bunch of facts to memorize; it drives knowledge straight into your brain.

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  • Series: Head First
  • Paperback: 914 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (April 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596516681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596516680
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Basham is a Software Architect and Developer with extensive experience in Java web technologies. He has a keen eye for identifying core, reusable modules and crafting effective interfaces between subsystems. He has excellent OO analysis and design skills and quickly learn new domains. He is also skilled in information architecture and UI design.

Kathy Sierra has been interested in learning theory since her days as a game developer (Virgin, MGM, Amblin'). More recently, she's been a master trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun's Java instructors how to teach the latest technologies to customers, and a lead developer of several Sun certification exams. Along with her partner Bert Bates, Kathy created the Head First series. She's also the original founder of the Software Development/Jolt Productivity Award-winning javaranch.com, the largest (and friendliest) all-volunteer Java community.

Bert Bates is a 20-year software developer, a Java instructor, and a co-developer of Sun's upcoming EJB exam (Sun Certified Business Component Developer). His background features a long stint in artificial intelligence, with clients like the Weather Channel, A&E Network, Rockwell, and Timken.


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It's one of the best in Head First series and is just brilliant!
Alexandr Tretyakov
If you really want to pass the SCWCD exam, please buy another book, Sun Certified Web Component Developer Study Companion, as well.
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Overall I found this book very easy to follow and with good examples and practice along the way.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Day on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
The subtitle should be the title of this book. The book is 879 pages; the material could be covered in about 150. In several instances the authors state a topic isn't covered on the exam so it isn't covered in the book. Each chapter contains "Sharpen your pencil" and "Coffee Cram" exam type pages; The exams contain one copy of each page with the questions, and a duplicate page with the answers.

Only the core JSTL is covered. Formatting, SQL, and XML JSTL are mentioned; but only to inform the reader they are not covered on the exam.

No mention of using Servlets and JSP to create a database driven application. As a matter of fact, they don't really mention or give examples of any large applications. It's not on the exam.

The book contains plenty of whitespace and is well written if you enjoy a little levity with your learning. It's a shame the authors selected such a narrow topic.

After you finish the exam, you might as well sell the book. It's a terrible reference (remember each page of mock exam takes up 2 pages: 1 for the exam, 1 for the answers).

The signal to noise ratio of this book is too low to be useful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diogo Gonzaga on May 15, 2010
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It is a good book but to get the J2EE 5 Web Component Developer certificate you must use other resources. Nevertheless, I would say that I learned a lot reading this book and it wouldn't be fair to grade it with 4 stars. I recommend this book for people who don't know nothing about web development using Java. However, if you want to be an expert you should read other books for complementing the knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Srihari Mailvaganam on April 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
The recently released edition of the book is a great improvement - there is less errata and the Q&A is much more tied into the Sun Web Component Exam.

One of the challenges with picking up Servlets & JSPs is the mass of acronyms and figuring out how it all relates to Java. The Head First book is here to help pick-up the technology as fast as possible and in a fun way.

This book has some of the best tutorials to get from zero to a working web application - and have fun learning along the way. Many readers will probably also want to use the book to cram for Sun's web component exam.

I would highly recommend the book but please do your due diligence: Have a look at the content section. Evaluate if the contents cover what you hope to learn. Read through some of the sample pages and make a decision.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sporkdude on October 7, 2008
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This book is the exact opposite of what you want for a certificate book. The presentation of the material is story-based, meaning that instead of giving a simple fact, it gives a whole back story and then casually mentions the "punch-line". This makes this book 90% useless. Don't take my word for it, if you have access to the book, go to page: 550 to 565. There is no new information there. In fact the punchline can be summarized in a sentence. "Tags can have dynamic attributes, there must be a dynamic attribute in the TLD file, there is a function called setDynamicAttributes()". And a small example would help. That's it. About a quarter of a page of material takes 15 pages to present. Sometimes these punchlines are not even well explained at all. Stories, pictures, and the rest of this cutesy stuff is clutter.

I just took the SCJP (with Bates, Sierra book), and if I have to learn everything I did back then in this type of cutesy style, I'd have to read a 4000 page book. If you are the type of person that needs a long story and happy little pictures to learn simple facts, then you will have a horrible time as a programmer. In fact, the target audience, people who passed the SCJP, should find this style frustratingly slow and useless.

What's worse? The information is spread hap-hazardly and there are no end of chapter summaries. They sometimes have "bullet points", but those are randomly placed and sparingly used. This makes it an absolutely worthless reference book - especially in a test where it's so granular that you need to memorize what XML tags are in the web.xml file. There are many, many other problems with this book. It's 800 pages, and still doesn't have all the information needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon_Customer_X on July 18, 2013
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This book is truly amazing. After reading each section, its like the author knows exactly what questions I am about to ask, since the answers are in the following section! It really "dumbs it down" the topic, which is great for people like me that need to know the why of the why. It is beautifully written and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexandr Tretyakov on June 11, 2013
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I loved this book for writing simply about difficult technologies. It's one of the best in Head First series and is just brilliant! I used it as main source for exam preparation and successfully passed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Zambrano on February 25, 2013
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I'm starting to build java apps for the web. at first I had to search the web for every doubt, and use the trial-and-error methodology to get things to work out. Again Head First comes to the rescue! fun chats, interesting graphics, and lots of fun thing to do while you learn. besides, now I have a tool to help me get past the cert exam, which I didn't have in mind. Definately a great added value!
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