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EL and custom tags

Shiva Shankar
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Joined: Dec 07, 2006
Posts: 31
Hi Friends,

I am preparing for scwcd exam.
The most worriing topics for me is the EL and custom tags.
There are lot of rules to remember in both the topics.
I am always getting low marks when I am trying to answer the question on those topics.

Is there any material that makes my leanring of those two topics easy?

Can some one help in mastering those two topics.

Please share the links or material which makes learning those two topics damn easy...

Shiva Shankar

Zaheer A Baloch

Joined: Jan 24, 2008
Posts: 18

I have my exam on 28th May and I was also having lots of problems with EL and Custom tags. But after reading Head First Servlet and JSP chapters on EL and custom tags, I am pretty much confident with these topics. I would recommend HFSJ Second Edition for these chapters and Security, Design Patterns chapter.

Zaheer Baloch
SCJP 5.0 (84%), SCWCD 5.0 (95%)
Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
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I think that you need to make as much samples as you can. Make some classic tags, simple tags and tag files.

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Chamara Jayaweera
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Joined: May 27, 2008
Posts: 66

I also faced the same situation with custom tags when I was preparing for the exam.

But I think EL was ok with me.I read whole HFSJ about three times except the custom tags chapter.Then in the last week I studied Custom tags chapter three times.

Then only I could remember them,however I was really really confident on all other concepts as well.

In the exam, EL questions were little bit tricky and Custom tags questions were not difficult as I thought.

So dont afraid about them and be confident and do practicals and questions as much as you can in other areas.

Chamara D. Jayaweera
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Deepali Anand

Joined: May 12, 2009
Posts: 12
Hello, I gave the exam last month and cleared with 89%.

If you have working experience, this exam is very easy.

About studying Tags and EL -

Make a chart of rules for each Tag, Classic Tag, Simple Tag, JSTL and EL and study daily and write it down daily. Believe me within 3-4 days - you will have them on tip of tongue. HFSJ and David Bridgewater books already have very good tables/ chart. You can add your points to it and write it down daily!

Read the SCWCD links from this site - Rancher's Notes - almost daily - I found Jothi Shankar Kumar SCWCD hints very handy and informative. Link is as follows -

Other topics whichever you find difficult - Write it down daily.

I will give you one example - in my exam - on security there was a question to choose between CLIENT_CERT and CLIENT-CERT. If you have working experience - fine- otherwise writing these rules, helps in such type of confusion.

Try to write your own own code on Tags.

I agree. Here's the link:
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