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Relevance of SCWCD certification

Rozenkreutz
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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 7
I just passed the certification. I am questionning the relevance of such test. First I got 21 questions on tag lib (don't smile I've counted them ) !!! Bad for me because I've never worked with it, the knowledge I got is only theorical... Is this a taglib certification or what ?!! Second, I've encoutered many questions like "on which interface can you find the getSomething() method ?". Who cares if HttpSession is located in javax.servlet or javax.servlet.http as long as you can use properly the API ! I guess SUN try to make the certification thougther but I don't thing such questions are relevant to a valuable certification. Instead of testing the knowledge of concepts and understanding the API, SUN tests the memory of the developer... Knowing all the tags in web.xml does not make me a better programmer. I'am really disapointed,I passed two other certifications ( Java programmer and Welogic Developer ) and didn't get the felling of being swindle. I paid 200 $ (canadian) and I feel like I have a useless paper. Time will tell if this is waste of money.
Joe Man
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Joined: Feb 17, 2002
Posts: 71
Sorry to hear that.
But at least you pass the exam.
Few questions to ask you.
Did you get questions on TagLibraryValidator, TryCatchFinally, and TagExtraInfo?
How long have you been preparing for this exam?
Thanks so much..


Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the J2EE Platform<br />Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
peter parker
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 69
hey Rozenkreutz,
don't worry about it you passed. i agree, the test should be more practical and less memorization. i'm going to sit for my exam at the
end of the month. what advice can you share ?
thanks
-pp
Rozenkreutz
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 7
thanks guys,
Joe, I got no questions on TagLibraryValidator, TryCatchFinally, and TagExtraInfo. But I got a one on effect of EVAL_BODY_BUFFERED on body containing a JSP expression. I got question on element <taglig> in web.xml also on sub-element of <tag> in tld. Be sure to know exactly the name of elements, they try to get you confused ( eg : <taglig-uri> or <uri> ). Questions on thread safety are also confusing. Stick with SUN definition, I got mixed with details provided by whizlab. Be sure to know which class/interface methods belong. Also try to memorize the package of object. Try to do some weird experiments like assigning a variable in a scriplet but do a declaration after in a <%! %> ( !!! ). Also a some questions on javabean be sure to know mechanism of setting properties . Knowing authentication type is a must (BASIC, DIGEST ... ). Keep in mind java language rules, especially initialization of instance variable.
To prepare myself I read a Book call Java server programming. I've done all wizlab test and the JavaRanch<s mock exam ( thanks JavaRanch
). I've put around 20 hours of study since I've passed the Weblogic exam and the subjects seem to overlap.
That's it !
Good luck !
Baruch Sadogursky
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Joined: Apr 09, 2002
Posts: 62
Rozenkreutz, totally agree with you. Very unsuccessful test, that tests almost nothing except your memory.Those questions about the ORDER of tags inside web.xml... Who needs it anyway?


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