Well will you please tell me whether you had any experience prior to SCWCD? and secondly how much time did it require for a begginner to prepare 4 SCWCD??
I basically spent about 2 1/2 weeks preparing for the Programmer Exam, and learned Java in the process.
I spent about 3 weeks learning servlets. (The O'Reilly book is extremely dense). And after learning servlets, JSP was very straightforward..
Since I am relatively new to Java, with no work experience, I think it probably took me a little longer than some others who have passed the exams.
I spent a lot months to learn Java and prepare for the Programmer Exam....
I m just planning how to learn Servlet and from which books for the last 3 weeks.....
You're funny The point I was trying to make is that, all else being equal, someone with previous Java work experience should find it easier to prepare for the exam. Some folks with enough Java work experience, I'm sure, just go straight to the exam without the preparation that you and I are doing, and they probably pass.
U think u probably took longer time? ..... ....help me ranchers....a full bottle of VODKA for me dear bartender....
...all else being equal, someone with previous Java work experience should find it easier to prepare for the exam.
Originally posted by Velmurugan Periasamy:
Thanks for your great notes. I have prepared a single document in which I have included your notes. If you agree, I can make it available on my web page.
Please let me know.
Originally posted by Miftah Khan:
Hi all, I was fortunate to score a 98% on the SCWCD exam yesterday.
Here are my thoughts and lessons-learned:
- Study each item in the exam objectives inside-out and you�re guaranteed to at least pass. This exam is definitely easier than the Programmer�s exam.
- The Sample Exam: The actual SCWCD exam was MUCH tougher than Sun�s Sample exam that sells for $50. The sample exam, by the way, is a complete waste of money. I was literally chuckling while taking it because of how simple the questions were. The mock exam on JavaRanch was far more challenging. I haven�t tried Whizlabs, but I hear it�s very good also. So my advice to you is don�t waste your money on Sun�s sample exam.
- Design Patterns: The only good thing I got out of Sun�s sample exam is that it referred to a few design patterns that were not listed in the exam objectives, so I was prepared when they appeared again in the real exam. The extraneous design patterns I found are: Factory, Front Component, Fa�ade, Session Entity Fa�ade, Singleton, Bimodal Data Access, and Template Method.
- Tag Element Names: Make sure you know tag elements very well including any dashes in their names and their hierarchy.
- API: Make sure to know the methods available to the different scopes (Request, Session, ServletContext) and to GenericServlet and HttpServlet. In other words, study the API.
- Books: I used the following two books.
(a) O�Reilly�s �Java Servlet Programming� (ISBN 0596000405): Java Servlet Programming is an excellent book. It covers all the required topics, including Servlet API 2.3�s new features, in great depth and with extensive examples. A warning though: it�s not an ideal study guide, not like Sybex�s �Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide�. Sometimes the book gets too detailed and caught up in one topic, and you have to know when to move on to the next topic. This is more of a reference book, but one that I expect to be using long after my SCWCD exam.
(b) O�Reilly�s �Java Server Pages� (ISBN 156592746X): This book also covers all the JSP-related exam objectives. However, I wouldn�t recommend it. A large portion of it is intended for non-java-programmers, i.e. html developers and scripters. And it leverages far too many of O�Reilly�s custom action elements and spends too many pages using and explaining them. I think it would�ve been more useful to introduce tags from the Jakarta Taglibs project or the Apache Struts Framework project, both of which have strong open-source community support. The book did, however, cover the topic of custom tag development and usage extremely well.
- Study Notes: While reading the above books, I prepared some study notes. I used these to refresh my memory several hours before the exam. In case anyone is interested, I�ve placed them at http://www.geocities.com/miftahk/java/servlet_study_guide.rtf and http://www.geocities.com/miftahk/java/jsp_study_guide.rtf . I must warn you though, they are somewhat detailed, and in a bit of a small font (I wanted to fit them in as few pages as possible, while still being able to read them). Also note that servlet_study_guide.rtf is numbered as per the exam objectives, while jsp_study_guide.rtf is not.
Hope this was useful. And best of luck to everyone else taking the exam.
[This message has been edited by Miftah Khan (edited September 20, 2001).]
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