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Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam Paperback – CD-ROM, 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: 8 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,217 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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I like this book so much, I will likely stick with the "Head First" series in the future.
SVAZ Developer
If you really want to pass the SCWCD exam, please buy another book, Sun Certified Web Component Developer Study Companion, as well.
Qun Zhou
Overall I found this book very easy to follow and with good examples and practice along the way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diogo Gonzaga on May 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SVAZ Developer on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Okay - I buy a LOT things on Amazon - to include books. I recently started reviving my Java skills which have been getting a bit rusty and decided to go after a couple of certifications. I happened across the "Head First" series after reading the reviews.

As of today (May 10, 2012) I am two days into Servlets and JSP, currently on page 101 and I can say that the approach to learing that they take in this book works EXTREMELY well for me. The discussions are thorough, complete, and give me everything that I need to know to fully understand MVC (the right and wrong ways to approach MVC within web development - which I found extremely enlightening and fun!), and the programming drills really help to drive home the points.

With all that said - I am personally extremely impressed - enough so that I took a few minutes out of today's session to write this Amazon review (which I seldom do).

FYI - I am a long time developer turned manager, with little web development experience. So, take me comments above with that in mind. I dont think that a seasoned Java/HTML/JSP developer looking to bone up for the certification would find this the "right book."

I like this book so much, I will likely stick with the "Head First" series in the future.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Uri on October 23, 2008
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I used Kathy Sierra's "Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide" to pass both of those certification exams with flying colors. Although the overly jokey format of that book was more cringe-worthy than engrossing, the book contained solid information and was somewhat easy to review, reference, and study with.

I already have a solid working knowledge of servlets and JSPs, so I wanted to find a book that was geared only for certification. I was very hesitant about purchasing this SCWCD book after seeing that it followed the useless Head First approach to teaching, but hoped that the actual information in the book would outweigh the shortcomings. I read the entire book, and took every practice exam but still came away thoroughly disappointed.

PROS:
- The authors are also involved in writing the actual exam, so they have solid observations about the specific types of questions you will see, and offer tips on areas requiring memorization, as well as possible trick questions.

CONS:
- The book tries to be both a "learn servlets and JSP" text and a "prepare for certification" text. These objectives are completely at odds with each other, and the book loses focus when trying to fulfill both. The certification thrust will confuse new developers just learning JSPs, and the learning thrust is extra fluff to wade through for the cert-minded (900 pages of fluff at that).
- Even at 900 pages, the book is not a comprehensive certification source. There were several instances where I encountered mock exam questions that had not been discussed in the text. Instead, the answer key referred me to the Sun specifications (free online).
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