Java 2 Web Developer Certification Study Guide, 2nd Edition

Author: Natalie Levi
List Price: $59.99
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ISBN: 0782142028
Publisher: Sybex (18 November, 2002)
Edition: Hardcover
Sales Rank: 491,373
Average Customer Rating: 2.14 out of 5

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Rating: 1 out of 5
Horrible structure, wrong concepts, completely useless
DO NOT buy this book if you intend to write the certification exam. Before teaching you anything it smacks you with a 65 questions 'assessment test' that is as hard as the real exam. That test is supposed to help you identify your weak spots but no where in the questions or answers it tells you where in the book you can read to improve. Delivery of concepts is confusing. Some answers of the practice questions don't even match!

Rating: 2 out of 5
Too many misleading errors to be worthwhile
I agree with most of the previous reviewers of this book: there are simply too many hair-pullingly obvious errors and misleading aspects of this book to make it worth the money.

Don't think that you're going to use just this book to pass the exam. You'll need to use other resources in order to pass the test. Case in point: You *will* need to know about the Front Controller design pattern for the exam--which is convienently not even mentioned in the book!!

Rating: 3 out of 5
Not much has changed in 2nd edition
The second edition of this book simply corrects the typing errors in the first edition (lots of them). Unfortunately, it does not address some of the key flaws in this book:

a) Chapter 8 Thread-Safe Servlets is still wrong. Session variables and Servlet Context variables are not thread safe (the book states they are, which is incorrect). They are not thread safe!
b) Chapter 11 Web Tier Design Patterns does not cover "Front Controller" design pattern. This is not author's fault because it is not listed in the exam objectives. However, you probably want to know what this pattern is all about before the exam.
c) Some questions in the book are about XML DTD. They are not related to the exam and seem fairly pointless. Some questions in the book are misleading.
d) Personally, I feel Chapter 10 Using Custom Tags is not very well explained (mainly because the examples used are too simple).

So why 3 stars? Well, despite all those issues, I believe you can pass with just this book (I bought the SCWCD Exam Study Kit as well as this book. The SCWCD Exam Study Kit by Hanumant Deshmukh, Jignesh Malavia is far better than this book). The flaws mentioned probably will cost you at most 10-15% of your score so you most likely can still pass with this book. Therefore, the book still deserves a pass (2.5 stars, but there is no option for 2.5 so I picked 3).

If you can get this book cheap, it is worth reading (quite easy to read). However, if you want to be really safe (or you want to get only 1 book for the exam), it is wise to stay away from this book and get The SCWCD Exam Study Kit book instead.

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