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kenny_dilger
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I have read through many postings of individuals looking for resources to study for the SCWCD. I am interested in opinions on where to start.
I have printed off Ken Zrobok's notes. I have also printed off Suns Tutorials on Servlets and JSP.
Is there anything else I should get to prepare for this exam? I have worked with Servlets in the past on some short projects. It has been a while though... What kind of actual development practice should I get in? Just make up my own projects or are there some out there that are on target for the Exam?
I have the Developer version of JRun, will this be fine or should I get Tomcat instead?
Any advice appreciated. Most of this is pretty new to me.
Lastly, how similar to the SCJP exam is this exam? Will I need to review any of the SCJP topics before taking it? Is this exam mostly solution oriented or Servlet/JSP API oriented?
Madhav Lakkapragada
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I have printed off Ken Zrobok's notes. I have also printed off Suns Tutorials on Servlets and JSP.
Michell's notes is also good, IMO.

Is there anything else I should get to prepare for this exam? I have worked with Servlets in the past on some short projects. It has been a while though... What kind of actual development practice should I get in? Just make up my own projects or are there some out there that are on target for the Exam?
Also get the Specs. Maynot be all the 200+ pages, but atleast the relavent chapters.
Also, implement the examples from the notes/specs
or from previous textbooks should help. Makeing up your own projects will defenitely help.

I have the Developer version of JRun, will this be fine or should I get Tomcat instead?
If this version of JRun implements the JSP.1.2 and Servlet.2.3 Specs then it should be fine.

Lastly, how similar to the SCJP exam is this exam? Will I need to review any of the SCJP topics before taking it? Is this exam mostly solution oriented or Servlet/JSP API oriented?
I am assuming the format is pretty similar. Try the mock exams to get a feel for the exam. Also, I don't think you need to review the SCJP stuff for this exam. Although you sshould always be in touch with that, as a Java programmer.
Also, the exam is oriented towards solutions AND API, I think, The fact that you need to identify some methods proves the fact abt knowing the API. And the fact that you should have knowledge of J2EE Patterns is oriented towards knowledge of Solutions.
My two cents.
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Kenny Dilger
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Thanks for the info. Name fixed.
I have also read that some people have used some Java Servlet/JSP books. Is that necessary? I took a practice exam just to see where I am at and obviously there was lots of stuff I had no idea on. After studying the API and other notes I don't think it will be a problem though.
Thanks,
Kenny
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Thanks for fixing the name. Appreciate your cooperation.
Also, your old account will be closed so that no one else can use it.
I have also read that some people have used some Java Servlet/JSP books. Is that necessary?
Well, if you have Servlet/JSP experience then you may pass on this. But in general, going thru a book will help you with some examples etc...
Currently, I am reviewing the more Servlets and JSP book by Marty Hall which he updated for the Servlet.2.3 and JSP.1.2 Specs. So far so good...
regds.
- satya
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When are you planning to take the test Satya?
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Late March-ish kinda time frame....

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