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Cleared the SCWCD with 89% - share my study path !

Vince Hon
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Joined: Feb 11, 2003
Posts: 117
I cleared the SCWCD with 89% last week !

Thanks for the authors of HFSJ and all members of JavaRanch !

I would like to share my learning path with all of us.

After graduation, I passed the SCJP. Now, I am an Analyst Programmer to develope internal web-based systems.

I have 2 years experience of webapp development as well as the Business Tier using J2EE, mainly built on the Servlet, Jsp and Apache Struts framework. After getting the SCBCD, I found it will be valuable either for my career or self-improvement, so I planned to get the SCWCD.
Study Duration:
- 2 months

Study Materials:
- HSFJ + JSP and Servlet Spec
- Using Tomcat to test, EL, jsp and standard actions
- Checking thread on JavaRanch


Based on my experience of webapp development, studying HSFJ is not a hard job. However, since I used Struts for development, I used extensively the Struts tag library. The topic like:
1. EL
2. Standard Action (e.g. <c:if> ..)

is quite harsh for me. I need to spend lots of time to learn the syntax of the standard tag, esp the <c: XXX>.

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On the other hand, I found the Design Pattern very easy, as I have already applied them in my applications. To be honest, studying the J2EE patterns from the http://java.sun.com/blueprints/patterns/ is not a easy job for a beginner. I really appreciated the way that HSFJ used to introduce the J2EE patterns.

I think studying the SCWCD is very good both for beginner and experienced webapp developer. After reading HSFJ, I started to used Filters to handle
authentication checking and authorization (previously, I put those code on a Generic Struts Action class). I used EL to make the JSP tidy. Use the SimpleTag in webapp development...

Tips:
- Study the HSFB intensively, do all the mock.
- There must be place that you won't understanding during your reading, in most case, you can clear them from the /* JSP/Servlet Spec and JavaRanch */ !
- Keep checking the errata of HSFJ, this saves you lot of time.
- Using Tomcat to testing.
- PS: my final mock exams on HFSJ is 70%.

Good luck !
Enjoy your studying !


Vince Hon<br /> <br />SCJP 1.4 | SCWCD | SCBCD <br /><a href="http://vincehon.homeip.net:8000/VJW" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://vincehon.homeip.net:8000/VJW</a>
Narendra Dhande
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Joined: Dec 04, 2004
Posts: 950
Hi,

Congrats


Narendra Dhande
SCJP 1.4,SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 5.0, SCDJWS 5.0, SCEA 5.0
Nervan
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 04, 2005
Posts: 2
Hi Vence,

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience. I've just started and I find it very encouraging

Have a great Day
S.L.Narayanan
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 431
Congratulations!!!

Well Done!!!


SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, NEXT--->IBM XML
Sam Sun
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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
Posts: 60


What's next?
david carrasco
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 25, 2004
Posts: 17
Congrats

Well Done!!!

Sanjay pts
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Joined: Nov 07, 2000
Posts: 357
HEartly Congratulation !!!

-Sanjay


Eat JAVA, Drink JAVA, Sleep Java
AmitKumar Jain
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Joined: Jun 13, 2005
Posts: 95
Congrats to you...

I am also preparing for SCWCD . I often get stuck in security and design patterns chapter. They tend to be theoritical and I get confused what to learn and what not to.
Please advise..

Regards,
Amit


SCJP 1.4 : 91%
SCWCD 1.4 : 95%
SCBCD 1.3 : 95%
SCJP 6 Upgrade : 95%
Next SCBCD 1.5
Man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
Pawan Ramchandani
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Joined: Aug 15, 2003
Posts: 78
Congrats to you...


Pawan Ramchandani<br />*******************************<br />SCJP 1.4<br />SCWCD <br />*******************************<br />Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.
 
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