Folks, I would like to throw open a debate as to whether its really useful preparing for the exam. The reason for doing this is that just 1 week back I was so enthusiastic to give this exam especially because web side development is a day-in day out task, so I thought it really good to have an official Sun Certificate under my belt but the last week having gone through the material from various sources including the HFirst book really has put me off. I really feel lethargic reading the sections on Scriptless JSP, EL, Custom Tags...because usually in my company and even most of the community I see people using Struts for all these things. These days some of them are using even Spring. I have not used EL in my development past 2 years. I have used Struts in an out...so really contemplating whether to go ahead and give the exam for the sake of a Sun Certificate !!
Hm, interesting. Struts and EL etc. are 2 different things aren't they? I can see the use for EL for non java programmers and the maintainability of code. The value of getting the cert depends on your personal situation. For me the lure of a cert motivates me to learn new things. Even if it means reading some parts that seem boring at the time.
Actually Struts and EL can complement each other pretty well. I also work with Struts/JSP every day, so when I read about EL I was very enthusiastic about it since it is an elegant, flexible and very readable way to evaluate your beans.
I have chosen to take this exam to update on the recent features of Java based web technology (well unfortunately or fortunately Java Server Faces are not included). I must say it is a great way to consolidate my knowledge even though I hate learning details about APIs and deployment descriptors and rather look them up when I need them.
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