Ranch People, after the first succesful step of getting through SCJP, i am planning for SCWCD. the Two Bibles HFS and SCWCD Exam Study Kit are both on the Desk for me. wanted to know how long would it take to study and clear through the exam with flying colors. and EXPERT Comments. I know there would be many, so i am hoping ur guidance and assistance would help me start with confidence.
Waiting for Replies, Appreciations in Advance!! -Milind p.s. :- planning for SCWCD1.4 so i guess HFS is the right book, and not the Study Kit!! any comments on that???
As a matter of fact HF is the ONLY book that covers 1.4 version of the exam. Well as for as EXPERT comments are concerned, there are so many experts in this forum including authors theirselves. But from a LEARNER point of view, I think I can safely recommend this book. As I have benifitted from it, A LOT! . However, this is now I found, that from the Tag libraries development, I say again, DEVELOPMENT, you may need to read some other book, but from learning and passing exam its good. In the tag development, their is a real scarcity of example code on quite invloved topics like "Body Tags". Had their been some solid example, I would have termed it as a real good book from both perspectives. Reference is something that doesn't fall in the scope of this book. But for solid concept making, this is truely a WONDERFUL work. You can also see my comments about this book on Amazon.com.
Obviously, it all depends on how much time you can devote to the material on a weekly basis (i.e. do you have a pesky job getting in the way).
I don't, right now, so I'm studying full time (except for the weekends ) on the material at present.
With this in mind, I've allowed myself 4 weeks to pass the exam. Thats 2 weeks to learn the course material. 1 week to go over it again for reinforcement and 1 week to do lots of simulated exams.... and take the real exam.
Some people may think that 4 weeks full-time is excessive (some may think its not enough) but I reckon you need to allocate yourself at least a week to do simulated exams - they are the difference between a borderline pass and a really good score. Besides, this approach worked really well for me for the SCJP exam.
You could cram this into a smaller timescale if needed.... I just believe there should be a work / life balance no-matter what you're doing !!!
And yes, I only plan on using HFS and, so far, it really seems to be doing the trick.
Good luck !
Neil. [ October 06, 2004: Message edited by: Neil Mc ]
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