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Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam 2nd Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Head First
  • Paperback: 914 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 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 (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I'll be honest. I mocked my colleague for getting this book, being a fan of the Stroustrup style of programming books. A few months later I had to get up and running with JSP/Servlets and this book was a boon. This is not a bible for JSP/Servlet. What its really good for is if you want to get up and running really fast. I highly recommend this book for good programmers who have Java experience but have not done JSP/Servlets etc. Its got a funky way of presenting information but after a while you learn to digest content really fast because of the style of presentation. Crucial concepts and rules of thumb are highlighted very well.
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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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I've been toying with Java EE servlets and JSPs off and on for 7 years but always had lots of questions and few answers and no book inspired me to keep reading, until now.

This book makes learning Java fun and its "There are no stupid questions" Q & A interspersed throughout each chapter has an amazing ability to ask, then answer, exactly the same questions I am having at that point. The diagrams do a phenomenal job of explaining what happens in the path from user to server and back. They spend pages and pages just explaining what the HttpServletRequest and HttpServletResponse objects are!

The humorous photos with captions keep me reading... on the bus as I commute to work... during my lunch break... on the bus ride home... in the evenings at home. I had planned to read Malcolm Gladwell's "blink" next, but that novel sits on the shelf at home as I continue to plow through this delightful entity. My previous attempt to learn this material was "Servlets and JavaServer Pages: The J2EE Technology Web Tier" by Falkner & Jones, but that book is as dry as a college textbook, so I never really absorbed much. I highly recommend this "Head First Servlets & JSP"!
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