I took the exam on Saturday in Burlington, MA, it was reasonable for the cost of the exam. I used the Deshmukh & Malavia book as a framework for preparation. It's a good idea to build a small trial app using Tomcat as you progress through the chapters. In my case, I used my trial installation of DB/2 V8.1 that I had on hand for preparation of the DB/2 exam. Preparing for the SCWCD allowed me to review use of JDBC as well. This was a difficult exam to study for because of the taedium in memorizing API and deployment descriptor syntax that would otherwise best be looked up in reference on demand. I actually had to stop studying for awhile because I got frustrated thinking that I was being quized more on my ability to memorize trivia than understanding how to properly compose the use of functionality and interface limitations to solve real problems... I only took this exam to authenticate prior work on my resume with JSP and Servlets. Next on my list: * Moving back to the Boston area by 1/1/04 * Looking for contracting or full-time work * Doing the SCJD and IBM 486 exam in parallel on my bench time. -- Jim (SCJP 1.4, SCWCD, IBM DB2 Associate)
Hai Jim, Congrats on your score. Actually I have finished my SCJP last week and thinking of SCWCD. But I am very poor in memorizing. After reading your post I am skeptical about whether I would be able to do it. I have a little knowledge in servlets (though I don't remember anything now). Do u think I should go for it or I should choose something else. Your input might help me decide on what to do next. Thanks.
Kalai: You might take on the SCJD next since it is more fun. I only did the SCWCD because I had worked with JSP in the past and wanted authentication on my resume that I indeed know what I am doing. -- Jim