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Which one to buy? Help

Prasad Pohnerkar

Joined: Aug 12, 2008
Posts: 9
I need your opinion,i want to order book of HSFJ by kathy sierra and berts,through
But it shows 2 books
1) Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam (Brain-Friendly Guides) by Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra, and Bert Bates

2) Head First Java, 2nd Edition by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates (Paperback - Feb 9, 2005) - Illustrated

which one to buy?
please help
Bobby Sharma
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Joined: Mar 18, 2008
Posts: 598

your best bet would be the second edition of Head First Servlet and Jsp.
I heard someone say this is the best book in the planet for SCWCD 5.

Most of people here recommend you the second edition because it has new
topics which has been missed in the first edition.The biggest advantage
of the second edition is it has new set of mock exams which the first
edition lacks.

the first edition is for SCWCD 1.4 and the second edition is for new SCWCD 5.I think I could help you decide what should you buy.

best regards,
[ September 03, 2008: Message edited by: omi sharma ]

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sharad sinha

Joined: Jul 13, 2008
Posts: 26
Out of the 2 books you have mentioned 1st one is for Servlets and Jsp and the 2nd one is for Java.
What is the confusion? What do you need the book for?

Thanks, Sharad<br />SCJP 5 (July, 2008)
Charles Lyons
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Joined: Mar 27, 2003
Posts: 836
As pointed out above, you have listed one book for SCWCD, the other as a beginner Java book... you may have meant to have listed the second edition of Head First Servlets and JSPs but you didn't! ISBNs always help as they are totally unambiguous.
I heard someone say this is the best book in the planet for SCWCD 5.
That may be, but it's always a personal preference of course. On various subjects, I've read books I loved and others I disliked in style -- I bet everyone's in the same position there. Personally, I took and passed the SCWCD and SCJP 5 upgrade exams first time without having read any books at all -- so there's proof that you don't actually need anything except knowledge, though books massively help understanding, and that's the game really.

There have been a few threads recently where readers of HFSJ have said they didn't feel it was enough for them to pass the exam on its own:
Cleared SCWCD 1.5 with 88%
(1st post) and
Which book is best for SCWCD1.5 exam
(2nd post) for starters.

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 )
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