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Andrei Pop
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I have to buy a preparation book for SCWD and people recommend the Head First Servlets and JSP.

Now, I had a look on amazon.com, amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca and I found 3 verions of the same book (same ISBN though). On amazon.com this book has 656 pages and was released in July 2004. On amazon.ca the book has 854 pages and was release in March 2004. On chapters.indigo.ca, the book has 550 pages and was released in June 2004.

I don't know which one to buy.

I mention that currently I have the Java 2 Web Developer Certification Study Guide by Natalie Levi with Philip Heller from Sybex. Is it a good book?

Thanks,
Andrei
Bert Bates
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Andrei -

Well I think HFS is pretty good , but really the thing to know is that there is only one version of the book, the various book sellers get bad or pre-mature data... the real book is over 800 pages.

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Andrei Pop
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Thank you Bert.

I called before a Chapters/Indigo store and they confirmed it has more than 800 pages. What about the publishing date? Is it June/July 2004 or March 2004? I am talking about the last edition.

Thanks,
Andrei
Anant Rao
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Hi Anderi...

Last week I have cleared my SCJP and now planning for scwcd.
By this time u must have gone through Java 2 Web Developer Certification Study Guide by Natalie Levi with Philip Heller.
I have the same book...I did not start yet. Do u feel that book is sufficient or suggest for HFS.

thanks,
infyniti
Andrei Pop
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Hi Infyniti,

Yes, I read half of that book. In the same time I ordered at amazon.ca the K&B books for Servlets & JSP and for EJB. I think this tells a lot of how much I price the Sybex books .

I read a Sybex book for the SCJP and after I finished it, I took the Javaranch test. The score was 60 %. After I read the K&B book, the score went to 90% and more.

One more thing: the Sybex book is incomplete. It is not intended for the SCWCD 1.4 exam.

Andrei
janne s
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Joined: Sep 21, 2004
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Hi! Andrei,


All the Best for your preparation. I cleared my SCJP 1.4 exam and planned to take up SCWCD 1.4. I decided to purchase H&f book for preparation...after reading your post i went to chapters.indigo.ca site...
i found the Head First servlets & JSP with 550 pages 'n' published: june 2004. I found a used book with more than 800pages...

which one shud i go with?
Which 1 did u order?? Did u get any CD with book???

Pls help in buying the right book.

Thank you in advance
jaya
Andrei Pop
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Hi Jaya,

The Head First Servlets and JSP has more than 800 pages. I went to a Chapters bookstore and had it in my hands.

Then I ordered a copy from amazon.ca and I can tell you it is the same with the one I found at Chapters.

If you live in the GTA, you may check for the book at Queensway & East/West Mall Chapters location. They had two left in store. Or you can check for the availability on the web.

If you buy worth of more than CAD 75 from amazon.ca, then you'll get a CAD 10 coupon on the email. This is what I did, I bought the book we are talking and HF EJB.

Regards,
Andrei
janne s
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Joined: Sep 21, 2004
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Thank you Andrei.

I can't go to store...

I'll check it out online...


Have a good day
jaya
Andrei Pop
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I would buy it from amazon.ca. And the book has no CD in it.

Andrei
 
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