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SCWCD preparation - help required

Shashank Hiwarkar
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Joined: Feb 17, 2002
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Hello Friends,
I am a Sun Certified Java Programmer,
Now want to appear SCWCD.
Can anybody guide me how to prepare for it.
Which books I should refer, which topic I should concentrate more etc.

Waiting for your valuable comments!!


Shashank Hiwarkar<br />SCJP, SCWCD
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Joined: Jun 03, 2000
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okay, what do I get if I tell you everything...........
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Manjunath Subramanian
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
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Books : There are many books..you can't read all of them.So you can either go for
1)Core (or, More) servlets and JSP from Marty Hall
2)Professional Java Server Programming.
More Servlets and JSP are written according to the latest specs..
If you are a newbie to this then get a hold of Java Servlets by Jason Hunter from Oreilly and then move on to the books mentioned above.
Downloaded the specs and the exam objectives and go through them carefully.Implement your understanding with code examples on TOMCAT-4.0.x.
Hang around this place and you will learn in due process.
Hope this helps,
Manjunath
[ February 20, 2002: Message edited by: Manjunath Subramanian ]
Merlin M Koppula
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Manjunath,
> 1)Core (or, More) servlets and JSP from Marty Hall
> 2)Professional Java Server Programming.
> More Servlets and JSP are written according to the latest specs..
I am planning to prepare for this exam. Eventhough I have a lot of programming experience, I am relatively new to J2EE technologies. I hope to pass this exam in a very limited time. So, if I had to read the least number of books, which of these three do you suggest? - all three or any one of the above books?
I installed Oracle 9i with OSE (for servlets and JSP). Do you think working on Tomcat instead has any advantage over Oracle 9i.
Another question: In the SCJWCD links in this site, there is like for DTD. Is that required for the exam ( I did not notice it in the exam objectives).
What material is suggested for Patterns? (GoF or something else..)
Your input is greatly appreciated..


MM Koppula<br />SCJP2<br />Object Oriented Analysis and Design with UML (IBM)
Axel Janssen
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Merlin,
I am not Manjuath, but here are my tips:
dont miss the links page (see this page on the top). There are references to the patterns.
Many people have reported that the comercial but cheap mockexam engine of http://www.enthuware.com is very good. I use it myself.
I would take Tomcat. Not sure if Oracle 9i supports newest specs (JSP1.2, Servlets2.3). Tomcat is very easy to install and to administer, if you do not use Win98/95/ME as OS. Check in Apache/Tomcat forum. There are lots of discussion about installation.
Fastest book is More Servlets and JSP.
Axel
[ February 20, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
Merlin M Koppula
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Axel,
Thank you. Your post is very informative to me.
I checked the link on Design patterns. Looks like it contains the same information as the J2EE patterns book. I do have that book.
I did install tomcat on Linux on my machine. But that was couple of months back and the versions might have changed. I thought I will work on Oracle 9i because I plan to take some oracle based exams (like JDeveloper, OCP) later. Anyway, if that doesn't support latest versions of servlets and JSP specs, I will install the latest versions of tomcat.
A question: Do you know of a good IDE that is free works well on Linux suitable for this exam?
Also, I do have Core Servlets and JSPs but that covers Servlets 2.2 and JSP 1.1. I guess that is not enough for this exam.
Thank you and best of luck.
Shashank Hiwarkar
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Joined: Feb 17, 2002
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Manjunath,
Thanks a lot. I will trouble you more in future,
hopeing for a friendly cooperation from you, madhav and all in forum.
Axel Janssen
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MMK: A question: Do you know of a good IDE that is free works well on Linux suitable for this exam?
AJ: Problems with IDE is that they often do not support the newest specs. I use a combination of http://www.eclipse.org and allaire homesite. But thats more an editor than an ide (no debugging). I am evaluating IBM Websphere Studio Application Developer. It looks like a really good tool, but I fear that it does not support the newest specs.
If you find a good IDE please post it here.
MMK: Also, I do have Core Servlets and JSPs but that covers Servlets 2.2 and JSP 1.1. I guess that is not enough for this exam.
AJ: There are lots of differences in the JSP parts of the exam. But perhabs you can use a combination of the core book and information posted here and in the link page. I use the 950+ pager Professional JSP2. But that book covers lot more than the exam. If you dont want to buy your second Marty Hall book you might try this one.
Axel
Vamsidhar Chenepalli
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Joined: Feb 07, 2002
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Regarding IDE try FOrte community edition from Sun.
For books I think to prepare for the test in the shortest possible time is Sun spec.s and j2ee tutorial. Read the michelle's notes to brushup before the exam. (thats what i did.)
hope these 2 cents help.
-Vamsi


Vamsi Chenepalli<br />IBM Certified Enterprise Developer<br />IBM Certified Websphere Specialist<br />IBM certified solution developer for VAJ<br />IBM certified specialist for VAJ<br />SCWCD<br />Sun Certfied Java Architect<br />SCJD,SCJP
Madhav Lakkapragada
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hopeing for a friendly cooperation from you, madhav
well, thats NOT my usual style. I knew maybe I was being rude (really?). But then HEYYY you do have to do your homework. And then who would like trouble..........
I will trouble you more in future,
Do a little homework and participate here. I am sure it would be fun.
On a more serious note, Your name doesn't follow the javaranch guidelines. You are not alone in this, daily we come across a lot of people who do this. So anyways......
Could change your "Publicly Displayed Name" to follow the guidelines at http://www.javaranch.com/name.jsp
You can change it by editing your profile.
Hoping you would be a little more cooperative.
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