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SCWCD: Charles Lyons book review

Ash More'
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Joined: Apr 20, 2008
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My views about the book SCWCD by Charles Lyons:

1)After reading HFSJ, i had doubts about few topics. This book cleared my doubts very well.

2)Very good coverage of API's, in fact i didn't look back at the API documentation after reading this book as this book became my reference to the API.

3)Good book to refer even after the exams (no noise, no fluff).

4)well, takes time to read,(going through HFSJ is a breeze, but this book takes time to finish, i just cant point to a single reason , maybe language is bit terse, maybe the no nonsense approach slows me down,maybe the pages are information packed,....).

5)Ah, didn't like the approach used for the custom tags chapter. Reason being that, only partial code had been provided in the chapter and the author expects you to view the complete program from the downloadable code. Don't like the constant juggling between PC and book.The calender example at the end of chapter on tag files is hard to digest.Plus i think the best material for custom tags is provided by SCWCD exam study kit which provides simple explanation and lots of 'complete' examples.

6)lots of questions at the end of each chapter. And they really test your knowledge about the chapter contents.Plus the book replicates the exam approach where code is often shown in a exhibit.

7)The chapter on application deployment(chapter 9) is very useful. All the information regarding deployment descriptor is presented in the chapter in entirety. Its good to find all information in one place.

8)The book overall does not have errors. However i have doubt about the business delegate pattern diagram , where the delegate object is shown in ejb container whereas it should be in the presentation tier(according to the HFSJ and SCWCD exam study kit). Correct me if i am wrong.

9)While viewing the documentation ,we don't get an idea about which methods are there on exam and which are not.The author does a good job about pointed out , what is there and what is not there in the exam, all over the book. its clearly pointed out as a heading: Not an exam objective. Very useful!!

10)Lastly(actually not a point worth mentioning ) , the book is damn cheap.(I had got the discounted Asian edition).
Charles Lyons
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Joined: Mar 27, 2003
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Thanks for the feedback!
8)The book overall does not have errors. However i have doubt about the business delegate pattern diagram...
We tried very hard to make sure there were no errors, with no less than four revisions/proof-read phases before going to press. I will check on the pattern and add a comment to the book's (small) errata* if necessary.

* Available here:


Charles Lyons (SCJP 1.4, April 2003; SCJP 5, Dec 2006; SCWCD 1.4b, April 2004)
Author of OCEJWCD Study Companion for Oracle Exam 1Z0-899 (ISBN 0955160340 / Amazon Amazon UK )
David Baldes

Joined: Jan 29, 2010
Posts: 1
Hello Charles,

I am getting irritated with your book. I am trying to just highlight the important parts and I keep running out of ink!

I like that the chapters are short. That way a person can sit down and make it through a chapter (or even 2 sometimes) in one sitting.

It is not the easiest read, but the content is solid. This book is packed with valuable information.

At first I was concerned that your funky British spelling would be a distraction but this did not turn out to be the case.

Anyway, I'm on Chapter 10. Still have a ways to go. Wish me luck. I'm going to stick with this book and see how things go.

-David (Minnesota)

Andrey Karayvansky

Joined: Feb 18, 2008
Posts: 10
Hi guys!

I wonder, can I buy the book in PDF, CHM or other electronic format? I would like to order the book on amazon, but it looks like they have only paperback. I do not like taking care of shipment.
Łukasz Suchecki
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Joined: Aug 04, 2009
Posts: 55
But I think that somebody made big mistake choosing time of releasing this book.
In few months time there will be SCWCD based on EE6.0 spec which means for example JSP 2.0...... So the author and releasing company wouldnt get much profit from this book.....
Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
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which means for example JSP 2.0

JSP 2.0 is already out for years. It's the version used in the actual SCWCD exam.

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