i felt the same about the manning book. After going thru few chapters (9 chapters)i feel its not useful for a certification exam like scwcd if you are a beginner. Its just not clear enough for a beginner. I wonder why people suggest that book. Maybe they already have a lot of experience with servelts and jsp.
I went thru briefly hfsj and it looks like a huge book. I have seen others really praise the book. I wish authors could have left out some of the non required stuff to make the book a bit thinner.
Anyways my opinion could change once i start going thru it.
Don't be scared just by looking at number of pages in Head First JSP & Servlets Book. When you will start reading it, you will actually understand why so many pages. You can complete this book in 4 weeks. (Believe Me!). It includes lot of graphics to illustrate the point and very interactive. I just started working thorugh this book last week and completed first 6 chapters.
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I have read through the HFSj once and it is awesome book for beginners It gives you the all the concepts you need for the exam. However i wish there were some more exercises.
The manning book has just copied stuff from the specs i think and doesnt explain things. For beginners its a frustrating book to read. Thats my view.