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Dear All, I am too much happy today, on the TOP OF THE WORLD. Met my and all of yours expectations. Scored 96%. Thanks Thanks a lot for your wishes and help in answering my questions. It really helped. As asked by ashik, i would be happy to assist anyone preparing for scwcd. My personal email id is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is my success story: First of all i would like to tell everyone that SCWCD is SIMPLER than SCJP. There are not much trick involved in it. The most important points for success from my experience: 1.) SPECS (JSP1.2 and Servlets 1.3) are MUST 2.) Knowledge of DTD's is highly important 3.) Taglibraries objectives can take your score from low to very high. Here are the resources i used: a.) Gone thru the specs twice : http://java.sun.com/aboutJava/communityprocess/first/jsr053/index.html. It covers most of the areas. b.) For design patterns: http://java.sun.com/j2ee/blueprints/design_patterns/index.html. All the questions were like, applying which design pattern given a scenario. Thus go thru the j2ee design patterns.. thoroughly. Some people said that they faced questions from design pattenrs apart from the ones in objectives. c.) Professional JSP by wrox is a great book and Java Servlets by o'rielly is great. d.) I practiced on J2EE server. But tomcat is even better. e.) Security and Listeners topic needs little hard work.. generally people dont use much in practice atleast for me. f.) scwcdwhiz tool at www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz was a great help. It met my expectations. The best part i liked was, the proportion and style of questions almost matched the actual exam. And guys as i told earlier, like scjp you dont need unlimited number of mock exams for practice. I gave so many when i cleared scjp. May be like scjp, before oct'2000 when the pattern got changed, the exam was easy checking mostly on syntax. Similarly currently SCWCD is a simlpler one. May be in near future some pattern gets changed and becomes tougher. May be its sun strategy to first create the market with comaparatively easier exam I am not able to recollect all questions but following is the rough proportion of questions, im not 100% sure Design patterns : 4 Security :3 Listeners :5 JSP basics: 8 Servlet basics : 9 reusable componets : 2 javabeans in jsp :3 taglibs (obj 11+12) : 8 structure and deployment of webapp: 3 server side expectations: 3 session : not able to recall therad safe: not able to recall It seems im still missing some questions.. but above is the rough estimation One important thing unlike scjp, there were many (around 6-7) fill in the blanks questions asking you to type the method/class/interface name. But more or less there was no ambiguity. Got practice duing scwcdwhiz mocks. Similar to scjp, you will have enuf time to complete the test. I would suggest all of you to MUST REVISE DTD's before the exam. It WILL Improve your score. Another good thing for me: getting raise in my salary on this success. So once again i thank you all for the kind help and support. Guys, YOU CAN CRACK SCWCD COOLLY. Its more of planning job. Very imortant to put right amount of efforst in right direction. Going out for the party. Will come back and surely write more.Infact i've got great attachment with web components and would like to continue taking part at this great place for sharing. ALL THE BEST TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS rajat
Congratulations A Score of 96% is really good and great. ------------------ Mahindrakar IBM Application Server & Developer Forum Moderator Consultant - Zensar Technologies ,Pune India. SCJP2, SCJD2 & SCJEA (Part I)
[This message has been edited by Rahul Mahindrakar (edited September 07, 2001).]
Super Congrats, Rajat! Cool! Now, when you say DTD do you really mean DTD or the taglib.tld and/or web.xml files? The DTD is of course a different animal and although it IS in the specs, I was hoping that knowing that "this element requires this other" or "This one has to go before this one in the file" was all that they required (which I think should be enough...) Thanks for your reply...and... Celebrate the great score!
Tony Alicea Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
Hi rajat , a wonderfull score wow man... hurrah first i would like to say heartly congratualation to u , u really done a nice job and i am very thankful for sharing your success story with us .All the best for ur coming future.keep on doing the same.
Hi Rajat, Great score. Thanks a lot for great info. I am also appearing soon and preparing with specs and practising with scwcd@whiz. I would request you to answer following queries: a.) How much time is sufficient for Specs? b.) How much important is listeners? c.) How much score you got in mock tests of scwcd@whiz? Thanks in advance. sudeepa
Dear Rajat Many many congratulations on your great achivement. Great show man.Many many thanks for sharing your success. It will definitely help all of us. I hope you will be around to answer our queries in future. yours jacob
Dear Rajat, I am really happy for you. I knew you will do it. Your confidence was very much reflected in your mails. Thanks a TON for sharing your splendid success. Please be around to help others. My preparation is going fine and i am following you and belive the results will also be similar. Thanks rachel
Hi guys/gals, Thanks to all of you for your wishes both before and after the exam. Till today i was partying around. Have come back now and will answere all of your queries. All the best to others rajat
gr8 score Rajat! Nice analysis of the exam...'ll b of so help 4 us.... ------------------ Muhammad Ashikuzzaman (Fahim) Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform --When you learn something, learn it by heart!
Ashik Uzzaman Senior Software Engineer, TubeMogul, Emeryville, CA, USA.
Hey rachel, I've gone thru your feedback. Its great man.. will surely help others and thanks for thanking me I've replied on ur thread as well. once again congrats rajat
Joined: Jun 21, 2001
Dave and others, One thing i realized now. The final specs are still not approved. I am not sure if they are. And few of the books, like Professional JSP (Jan-2001 print) uses some earlier conventions for tag elements like bodycontent and others. Also as pointed by others in the current threads, one should aware of this titbits as you will face many questiosn on these. So make sure the book you use (whichever it is, be it o'rielly), the version is correct one. This is a small thing but can make difference in your score. I will also request others to throw light on this. Regards Rajat
rajat, thanks for being so caring. youd advice about noting the DD elemtns is very well taken and importance for we aspirants. do continue blessing us with your experience. thanks a ton george
Joined: Jun 21, 2001
Thanks Tim. Yeah i think the final version is ready. Now ppl will not have ambiguity.. timimgs are great. Thanks george and others for your appreciation. I am trying to explore few other good links for this exam and will share with you guys. I believe this forum of ours is going great.. that too in short span.. its our collective effort and im sue WE WILL CONTINUE IT FOREVER!!! One thing i would like to hear from successful people : Any indications of job prospects after this cert? I think its a very imp question to be discussed. What do others say?? All the best rajat
Joined: Sep 15, 2001
Hey Rajat, Your messages are always inspiring. You will do great in life. Thanks a lot for being so kind. I have learnt a lot from you. Also many thanks for reply to my mails to ur email a/c. Best wishes for your carrer george
Joined: Jun 11, 2001
Great Rajat, What do you suggest for the last day, before the final day? Thanks pradi
Hi Ashik, I think the one with SCJP honor need not worry about the complexity of the SCWCD exam. Make sure the following: a.) You have gone thru the specs atleast once if not twice or more. b.) Make sure you are clear about each and every objective as prescribed by SUN. c.) Make sure you actually deploy some JSPs/Servlets - this will make your concepts clear about Web App Structure besides many other things. d.) Make sure you know each and every element of DD with the hierarchy. e.) Make sure you know the methods/classes/interfaces names as prescribed in the objectives. You dont need tons of mock questions. I believe 2-3 goog quality Mock exams are more than sufficient. Now we have great notes avaliable from great guys like Ken, Miftahk etc. Thus the journey to SCWCD can't be tough in its current status. All the best to All of you rajat Note - I have answered in the referred thread also.