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SCWCD Exam Study Kit: Java Web Component Developer Certification Paperback – July, 2002

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Editorial Reviews


"Indispensable if you are studying to earn this certification or just getting your feet wet . . . the perfect reference." -- DiverseBooks.com

"The Bottom Line - A terrific study guide for the new Sun Certified Web Component Developer Certification (SCWCD)." -- About.com

"Well-written and should act as a good reference." -- JavaPrepare

"Written in a very easy-to-read, conversational tone . . . an excellent resource . . . use this book as a resource even after the exam." -- JavaRanch.com

About the Author

Hanumant Deshmukh is a senior technical architect at Planet Pro, Inc., where he designs distributed applications for Planet Pro clients. He develops Java certification software for his company Enthuware.com and manages JDiscuss.com, a site for Java certification aspirants. He lives in Iselin, New Jersey. Jignesh Malavia is a senior technical architect at SourceCode, Inc., where he designs and develops distributed applications for SourceCode, Inc. clients. He is also actively involved with the projects at Enthuware.com and its affiliated site, JDiscuss.com. He lives in Ardsley, New York. Matthew Scarpino uses Eclipse to build editing software for reconfigurable computing and has submitted code for Eclipse's graphical library. He is the author of ""SWT/JFace in Action,"" He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930110596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930110595
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,323,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is divided into 4 parts: Technology Overview, Servlets, JSPs, and Patterns and Filters. Each section s a detailed, in-depth examination of the technology, guided by the certification exam objectives. Also, a CD comes with the book that has everything you need in one place: all of the sample code presented in the book, the JSP 1.2 specification, the Servlet 2.3 specification, javadoc for all the JSP 1.2/Servlet 2.3 APIs, Tomcat 4.0.1, and a test engine with sample questions. Based on my experiences with my two previous java certifications, this test engine and the questions are very good approximations to the real test-taking experience.
Part 1 (28 pages) covers HTTP, JSPs, Servlets and the Servlet container from the 10,000 foot view in a scant 26 pages. You learn the basic architecture/patterns of web applications, the role of the web container according to servlets/JSPs and the lifecycle of a request. This the most concise, on-target explanation of Java web application development I've seen. You should tear out these pages (after having read them yourself) and give them to your manager to read. When authors don't have a strong grasp of what they're writing about, it gets very wordy. The fact that the authors can succintly capture the full picture of Java Web Applications in less than 30 pages is proof of their deep understanding of not just the APIs, but the underlying technologies and methodologies -- not just the how, but the why.
Part 2 (143 pages) covers the fundamental Java web applcation technology; the servlet. Since JSPs get translated and compiled into Java Servlets when they are exectued, a solid understanding of Servlet development and deployment issues are crucial.
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This is a great book. The chapters are very well organized and the bulletted information of key concepts in every chapter is really really helpful for last minute reference.
One thing that I want to mention is the style of writing of the authors. This is one book where after each chapter you feel you've really gained something...and you quickly want to move the next chapter to learn more...and long after the exam is over you still feel confident of the knowledge that you've acquired.
The treatment of various servlets and JSP concepts is precise and consistent with the requirements of the exam. However don't get the impression that it does not cover the key concepts in detail.. In fact it does a wonderful job. For example..I had no prior experience with tag libraries before , yet I managed to get a score of 96% on the exam and that too after studying for just two weeks. And my only primary resource was this book and the provided CD.
The three practice tests on the CD are essential for getting a good score on the actual exam.
All in all a great book..well worth your money!!
Best of luck!
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I had been doing commercial JSP and Servlets programming for over a year when I got hold of this book. I have read it from cover to cover and attempted all of the questions and I am very impressed. Certification exams have a reputation for covering obscure details of the target technology but I found myself learning things that would have significantly improved my existing code and will definitely go into future systems.
Although it is aimed at the Web Component Developer exam it would make a good general JSP book. An example of this came up recently when I was trying to include one file inside another in order to make my pages more modular. The jsp system has two ways of including other files, one described as static and the other described as dynamic. I knew my understanding of the difference was a little shaky an this book gave an easily understandable and concise explanation of the difference, including a good diagram of what happens in terms of code translation and output to the browser.
With only two authors the book has a consistency of voice which I would call dry and factual. There are no jokes or distractions in this book, just the facts maa'm, just the facts. The code samples are short and easy to understand, there is no attempt to give examples that would build into real applications, just enough code to illustrate the point under discussion. Many posters at the JavaRanch discussion forum have reported finding this book extremely useful for taking and passing the Web Component Developer exam.
It keeps closely to the objectives and the questions are well structured and relevant. If a topic is central to JSP technology but not covered by the Web component developer exam it makes it clear that the information is only included for completeness.
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This book was good during it's time, but now it is outdated. The book is designed for SCWCD 1.3, and did a great job covering all the topics. However, Sun Microsystem discontinued SCWCD 1.3 on December 2004. So, if you are like me, disappointed with head first books and looking to be certified as fast as possible, do yourself a favor and buy the second edition of this book. You won't regret it.
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