I started study using Alain Trottier's "Web Component Developer Exam" book, however this is (IMHO) a bad book to use: the examples dont match the output, there are huge gaps in the theory, and there are bad typos. With no erratta page on Alain Trottier's or the publisher's web sites, it is just not worth using. On advice gleened at JavaRanch, I swapped to Deshmukh & Malavia's "SCWCD Exam Study Kit". This is a great book, thoroughly explaining the topics, and making it all makes sense in the big picture. I am actually keeping this book because I can see it will be useful in the future. There were a few questions and answers in the exam that I wasn't happy with. One example was a question that was clearly asking for "Front Controller" design pattern, however the only recognizable design pattern in the answers was MVC. I chose "Front Constructor" and got 100% for my design patterns section. :roll: I lost most of my marks in the exception handling areas. This coincides with the questions that I had to type in answers, so I suspect that my answers didnt match the required answers (improper case or too much typing or too little typing ) Anyway, on to SCEA with the help of JavaRanch of course
Congratulations to Andrew Monkhouse! I'm also preparing for SCWCD and I agree with Andrew: Alan Trottier's exam book is a piece of trash. Stay far away from it! There is no thought put into this book and it is full of errors.
Hi Raghav I strongly recommend installing Tomcat and running all the examples in the book. I also picked another project to do (I converted my SCJD to a web application ) just so I could get familiar with everything. You might also want to download the JSP and Servlet specifications from the Sun site - they are free, and you will possibly pick up one or two points from them. Good luck. Andrew