This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
There was a pretty involved discussion here a couple of months ago in which Bert bates (one of the HFSJ authors) kept trying to tell people that HFSJ was designed and written specifically for the exam, and so they left out many things that were not on the exam, like the JSTL tags you mentioned. It is a good idea to go through the specs, but mainly study what you read in the book.
“Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.” - Rich Cook