I'm really glad to announce that from now on I'm a Sun Certified Web Component Developer and going to put my name on the wall of fame.
Last monday morning I appeared at a prometric center to write my SCWCD 1.4 exam and ate it by scoring 92%.
The exam was really easy and I'm really sure that the five questions I got wrong was due to misunderstanding some english terms. (Once English is not my native language).
The exam brought many questions on design patterns and DD elements, so pay attention to these items during your study journeys.
I would like to thank everyone who helped me during this hard study journey, specially Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra for their so wonderful book as well as Frederic Esnault and Mikalai Zaikin for their so wonderful study notes.
I also cannot forget to thank Bryan Basham for their really nice tutorial about Dynamic Attributes.
Frederic, Mikalai and Bryan, honestly, while people like you exist, for sure many guys will pass this exam just like me. In the last days of my preparation, I just referred to your notes to remember the concepts instead of paging the entire book whenever a doubt arose. Thank you very much for sharing your notes with us.
Just for your information, I had no previous commercial and professional experience with servlets and JSP. All knowledge I had when I started my preparation was that knowledge acquired by reading some articles and books on my own.
My study journey lasted exactly three months. I started to study on last August 1st and used only the Head First Servlets and JSP book as source for my preparation.
The first two months I spent reading the book (thrice) and writing the mocks on the final of each chapter. In general I always spent 3.5 hours a day from monday to saturday and sometimes on sundays.
Fynally, the second half of the last month I spend to write as many mocks as I could. I purchased the WhizLabs SCWCD Kit which is by far the best mock engine I have ever seen.
For sure I would not get scored high without this so valuable mock exam. I treasure each cent I paid for it and full recommend.
I confess that during my self paced study journey, I missed some incentive a few times and become overwhelmed but I've always looked ahead and kept moving on without discourage.
So please, don't be discouraged if you get low scores on HFJS mock exams.
My other suggestion is that you should spend at least 15 minutes a day on JavaRanch. I personally have increased my Java skills alot for the exam after join to JavaRanch.
Once this forum is really focused on the exam, you will get tips about what to study and what do not. Also believe : I've never waited more than 5 hours to get my doubts solved. That's a good idea spend some minutes on JavaRanch.
That's all guys. Now it's time to celebrate.
I wish all the best to you,
Greetings from Brazil.
"If someone asks you to do something you don't know how to, don't tell I don't know, tell I can learn instead." - Myself