Hello everybody... This forum is really helpful i must say. I cleared my SCWCD exam yesterday with 85%.
Here are some of the things i noticed which should be taken care of while preparing for the Exam : 1) This exams needs u to memorize much more than the SCJP exam.
2) Study the elements for deployment of EJB's in deployment descriptor, there will be questions on deployment on EJB's in DD. I got 3 of them.
3) Study the Design Patterns throughly. It's easy to score if u know the key points of each Pattern. There are many questions, I got 7 questions on patterns.
4) Lay stress on EL, tag-libs....questions on these will be in abundance.
5) If u want to score more than 90% ur EL and taglib should be good.
Preparation sources i used: 1) I used the Mannings Study Kit book. There r some problems with the book. Though the intial part of the book is great. I am listing the problem- some chapters, for which u need to refer the material from outside. The best source i believe would be the Specifications.
Chp no. 13 on EL.........Don't study this chapter from this book. Instead read the JSP specification V2 for this. that will be excellent and u'll do good.
The book does not cover DD elements for EJB's.....study them from somewhere else.
Read the documentation for the Lister classes and interfaces. (HttpSessionEvent, HttpSessionListener, HttpSessionAttributeListner, ServletContextListener, etc)....Documentation will give u a clear picture as to when the methods implemented by the listener classes are called by the container.
As to mock tests....i had used Enthuware's Jweb+ V4....it was pretty good. I will suggest that u give atleast some mock exams before u take the actual test.
I had also given HFSJ final mock exam.....The options given were really confusing.....don't worry the options in the real exam won't be as confusing as HFSJ.
If u have any other queries....i'll try and reply them.
How many weeks did you take to prepare for the SCWCD 1.4 exam? How many mock exams did you give?? How many questions of EJB did you get in the exam? How many question on patterns did you get on the exam?
If you can answer the above asked questions that would be of real great help!!!
hi everybody, Ajit it took me 24 days to prepare this exam. But i had good previous experience working with Servlets and JSP's.
Nishant, I don't have the Head First book. I have heard that it's a good book, but unfortunately i don't have it.
As far as Manning Book is concerned. i think 1) First 12 chapters are very good. They'll prepare u thoroughly. 2) As already suggested read EL from specification & Refer Servlet documentation for Listeners and their events. 3) I am an indian user hence i got the Jweb+ for Rs. 550. Rs 550 was worth it. If u r working somewhere, i think 35 dollars is justified for the product.
Congrats for the good score. I am from India( Delhi) and i want to buy JWeb Plus but the problem is that i don't have credit card. Can you guide me how can i buy this product through other feasible payment option (in indian context). I am asking this as you got this product at a low price ( currently at $35 and 1US $=INR 43.79 ).
hi lalit, Go to the site www.enthuware.com, on that click Jweb+. Click on the Buy It for JWeb+. On the page that appears there is a link called "For Indian Users". Click on that and u will get all the details.
Basically u have to deposit Rs 550/- in the Account of Hanumant Deshmukh (ICICI Indore) branch. The process is given over there.
I've manning book and i have a question about it. You said that it's important to have good knowledge about patterns because there are many question about them. Is manning's book enough to prepare on patterns or i have to fulfill with other material ?