I have just completed my MSc in OO programming and I have purchased Head First Servlets and JSP. My goal is to get a job asap and in order to do so I have to demonstrate some basic/intermediate web development skills, in most cases. The above mentioned book is good for the scwcd exam but it doesn't offer many concrete examples of web applications as well as excercises and solutions. Do you know of any links that supplement this book, or any other resources (books, etc.)? For instance I would be delighted to find a series of tutorials that ultimately leed me to constructing non-complex e-shops, portals, CMS, etc.
Mastering Tomcat Development by Wiley press goes into some cool topics that you wouldn't normally find in beginner books.
A better avenue (in my opinion) would be to jump into a project. There are plenty of open source projects on SourceForge looking for contributors. Open source projects are nice because they push you to read and work with other peoples code (some horrible, some great).
If you can't find one that suites you, start your own. There are a lot of charities and non-profits who would benefit from a web application.
Ben, Yes I know that the best way to aqcuire experience would be acquiring a good java job first! A java job includes working on open source or other projects. However before that and since the projects in SF are not that small to grasp the total of them, I am looking forward to some online tutorials/exercises/examples or books that would give me a grasp of some basic kinds of web applications like the ones I mentioned in my last post! Do you know of any of them?