Hi Charles (and anyone else with an opinion to share)
I was studying for the SCWCD exam when I had to put that aside to learn Grails and GWT for a work project. Now a few months later I am having a really hard time coming back to my SCWCD studies. It seems like there are just so many options (web frameworks) that hide all those pesky details of developing a web app, especially developing custom tablibs. I’m sure you feel it is worth knowing all the foundation knowledge, or you wouldn’t have written the book, so I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this.
Also I have been using the Head First book, and although I loved the Head First style for design patterns (after years of reading the GOF I finally understood !) But for servlets/JSP I find it a bit too repetitive. What’s your style? Is your book a bit more concise / serious?
Nicole Lacoste wrote:What’s your style? Is your book a bit more concise / serious?
I have to watch what I say... Bert is lingering around the corner somewhere listening to me
Seriously though, my book is a more traditional style - similar to the style of Kathy & Bert for SCJP (which I studied from and thought was great). We have a little joke (usually an appalling pun to be honest) every now and again through the book, but primarily it's concise and flows well, each chapter building on knowledge from the last, and every topic covered in as much detail as necessary to make you a good programmer. Pretty much the entire platform is covered.
I'd suggest taking a look at the sample chapter and table of contents available on SCWCD Study Companion publisher's homepage (under the Downloads section). You can assess the style and layout of the book for yourself there.
Charles Lyons (SCJP 1.4, April 2003; SCJP 5, Dec 2006; SCWCD 1.4b, April 2004)
Author of OCEJWCD Study Companion for Oracle Exam 1Z0-899 (ISBN 0955160340 / AmazonAmazon UK )