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Sun Certification Training Guide (310-080): Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Web Component Developer

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Alain Trottier observes the .com warfare of Southern California as a technology management consultant (Strategic Business Resources) and adjunct professor at Vanguard University. He has been in the tech sector for two decades. He has been on the electronics side, working with RF gear, Nuclear Power Plants, and electro-mechanical devices. On the IT side he has had roles as technologist, developer support specialist, programmer, architect, and manager. He got a kick out of being in the U.S. Submarine Navy (nuclear power division). He was impressed with his bosses at Chevron's world-class research center. He was astonished by the .com bubble while at Adforce, and then Winfire, where he experienced a meteoric IPO, but subsequent flame-out. He has been through get-it-right-at-all-cost in a Fortune 30 company, but also the other extreme where one bets it all on a get-it-out-there-at-no-cost venture. He enjoys a difficult technology challenge and likes the people even better. He feels his degrees in religion (B.A., M.A. with specialization in the linguistics of ancient religious texts) is a terrific way to broaden one's abilities. He has certifications from both Microsoft and Sun so his bias is simply what works best for a given situation. If you have a question, comment, or even a challenge, the author would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact him (think Chief Technology Ambassador) from the book's Web site at http://www.inforobo.com/scwcd.

Steve Heckler is a freelance programmer and IT trainer specializing in .NET, Java, ColdFusion, Flash ActionScript, and XML. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, he works with clients nationwide. In addition, he is the author of the Sun Certification Instructor Resource Kit (310-025, 310-027): Java 2 Programmer and Developer Exams and Sun Certification Instructor Resource Kit (310-080): Java 2 Web Component Developer Exam, and is currently writing an ASP.NET-related book for Addison-Wesley.

Prior to being self-employed, he served nearly seven years as vice president and president of a leading East Coast IT training firm. He holds bachelor's and masters degrees from Stanford University.

Marcus Green has been working with PCs since 1986 and with Internet technologies since 1992. He has written extensively on Java Programmer Certification and runs a Web site on that subject at http://www.jchq.net. He has written database-backed Web sites using Perl, PHP, and JSP, and he uses Linux as his default operating system.

Bryan Basham is a courseware developer for Sun Microsystems concentrating on Java technology and object-oriented design principles. In the 1980s, Bryan worked for NASA in Houston, Texas, developing advanced automation software using Artificial Intelligence techniques. In the 1990s, he worked for a medium-sized software engineering consulting firm. His development expertise has focused on the design and development of database business applications. Bryan has worked for Sun Educational Services for three years. In that time, he has worked on a large range of Java courses, including Sun's core Java programming course, the JDBC course, the J2EE overview seminar, and the Servlet/JSP course. Bryan is a practicing Zen Buddhist, Ultimate Frisbee player, audiophile, and telemark skier.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Que (November 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789728214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789728210
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,235,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Sun's certification exams are challenging. They demand careful preparation and thorough study. And they call for careful self-assessment.
The book offers only a point-by-point exposition of Sun's own objectives for the exam. While this fidelity to the exam objectives is laudable, it presents very little material beyond regurgitation of the Servlet API, example code written by others and little material of practical use in developing web applications with servlets and JSP. Sun puts much thought into its exam objectives and they strive to make the exams more than mastery of API trivia. This book It seems that the author has little experience with servlets and JSP outside of writing the book and is unable to illuminate why Sun considers its exam objectives are important.
I mentioned the certification exams call for careful self-assessment. It easy to wear your Hiliter to a nub but practice exams are crucial testing your mastery and indicating areas of further study.
Unfortunately, the three practice exams included in the book haven't even had the passing glance of an editor. Questions call for two multiple choice answers and the answer key gives one or three. Fill in the blank questions are answered in the key as multiple choice. Other answers to questions are flat out wrong. Beyond these obvious errors, a sizeable fraction of the questions are confusingly worded.
And then there is the included CD. The book advertises it as containing a "powerful, full-feature test engine." What it neglects to mention is that the engine is a Windows application. Is it so much more difficult to develop a Java test engine that can be run on a variety of platforms? Isn't that the Java way? Or, failing that, mention somewhere in the book the system requirements for the CD?
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Format: Paperback
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 required to pass the exam.
Only problem is remembering everthing and all the subltlties.
Deffintiely read the book more than once.

J2EE Web Componnet Develoepr Exam trainning guide by Alan Trottier, Que publication.
Decent to good. though not as good as the "Deshmukh and Malvia", it explains
areas that I found confusing from other books. Using only this book should
give you a 50-50 chance of passing the exam.

Java™ 2 Web Developer Certification Study Guide By Natalie Levi, Sybex press
I was concerned by web opinion that this book would of detriment to my passing SCWCD.
Well this book is good for a new certified programmer, or someone with little
knowledge of JSP and Servlets. It provided a great introduction for me (a c
programmer with a little java knowledge) to understand the required concepts and
theory for web app development. you will not pass the exam only using this book
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By H. Clark on February 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found the practice questions at the end of each chapter to be disappointing. Some were irrelevant to the test, many were confusingly or ambiguously worded and some of the answers given were flat-out wrong.
If you only want to use one book I recomment SCWCD Exam Study Kit: Java Web Component Developer Certification by Hanumant Deshmukh, Jignesh Malavia.
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Being an experienced web developer I found this book to be pitched at the right level to fill out the blanks in my knowledge. The author explains up front that the book is not a comprehensive work on servlets and JSPs, but covers the areas that are on the exam. He also states that you will have to refer back to the appropriate Sun specifications if you want to fill out your understanding - which I found at some points, I needed to do. With further reading lists provided at the end of each chapter this is not a spoon-feeding book - but it does point you in the right direction.
The material is well covered and some additional real world information is given.
The book's major let-down is the review questions. They are extremely poorly worded - to the point where you question whether the answers you got "right" are actually right. Questions that ask you to pick two answers may actually have one or three when you look them up in the answers section. This is such a tragic oversight that I had to question whether anyone even cast an eye over it in the editing process - a real embarassment for the publisher.
The book is not bad, though. Well covered and on the level. However, if you want to see how you are progressing you would do well to use one of the many free sample exams available on the web, because the review questions are so hopeless.
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