Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam, 2nd Edition

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Looking to study up for the new J2EE 1.5 Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD) exam?

This book will get you way up to speed on the technology you'll know it so well, in fact, that you can pass the brand new J2EE 1.5 exam. If that's what you want to do, that is. Maybe you don't care about the exam, but need to use servlets and JSPs in your next project. You're working on a deadline. You're over the legal limit for caffeine. You can't waste your time with a book that makes...

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Overview

Looking to study up for the new J2EE 1.5 Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD) exam?

This book will get you way up to speed on the technology you'll know it so well, in fact, that you can pass the brand new J2EE 1.5 exam. If that's what you want to do, that is. Maybe you don't care about the exam, but need to use servlets and JSPs in your next project. You're working on a deadline. You're over the legal limit for caffeine. You can't waste your time with a book that makes sense only AFTER you're an expert (or worse, one that puts you to sleep).

Learn how to write servlets and JSPs, what makes a web container tick (and what ticks it off), how to use JSP's Expression Language (EL for short), and how to write deployment descriptors for your web applications. Master the c:out tag, and get a handle on exactly what's changed since the older J2EE 1.4 exam. You don't just pass the new J2EE 1.5 SCWCD exam, you'll understand this stuff and put it to work immediately.

Head First Servlets and JSP doesn't just give you a bunch of facts to memorize; it drives knowledge straight into your brain. You'll interact with servlets and JSPs in ways that help you learn quickly and deeply. And when you're through with the book, you can take a brand-new mock exam, created specifically to simulate the real test-taking experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596516680
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Head First Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 914
  • Sales rank: 818,647
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Basham is a Software Architect and Developer with extensive experience in Java web technologies. He has a keen eye for identifying core, reusable modules and crafting effective interfaces between subsystems. He has excellent OO analysis and design skills and quickly learn new domains. He is also skilled in information architecture and UI design.

Kathy Sierra has been interested in learning theory since her days as a game developer (Virgin, MGM, Amblin'). More recently, she's been a master trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun's Java instructors how to teach the latest technologies to customers, and a lead developer of several Sun certification exams. Along with her partner Bert Bates, Kathy created the Head First series. She's also the original founder of the Software Development/Jolt Productivity Award-winning javaranch.com, the largest (and friendliest) all-volunteer Java community.

Bert Bates is a 20-year software developer, a Java instructor, and a co-developer of Sun's upcoming EJB exam (Sun Certified Business Component Developer). His background features a long stint in artificial intelligence, with clients like the Weather Channel, A&E Network, Rockwell, and Timken.

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Table of Contents

Praise for Head First Servlets and JSPā„¢

Praise for the Head First approach

Perpetrators of the Head First series (and this book)

How to Use this Book: Intro

Chapter 1: Intro and Overview: Why use Servlets & JSPs?

Chapter 2: High-Level Overview: Web App Architecture

Chapter 3: Hands-on MVC: Mini MVC Tutorial

Chapter 4: Request and Response: Being a Servlet

Chapter 5: Attributes and Listeners: Being a Web App

Chapter 6: Session Management: Conversational state

Chapter 7: Using JSP: Being a JSP

Chapter 8: Scriptless JSP: Script-free pages

Chapter 9: Using JSTL: Custom tags are powerful

Chapter 10: Custom Tag Development: When even JSTL is not enough...

Chapter 11: Web App Deployment: Deploying your web app

Chapter 12: Web App Security: Keep it secret, keep it safe

Chapter 13: Filters and Wrappers: The Power of Filters

Chapter 14: Patterns and Struts: Enterprise Design Patterns

Final Mock Exam: Coffee Cram

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    I really wanted to like this book. Good for certification but not for learning.

    I bought this book as a text book for a community college Server Side Java course. I think it was selected because it is geared toward passing the certification exam. It probably is good for that.

    It felt like the book can only be used one way, read each page in succession and don't go on to the next chapter until you have mastered all the nuances of the chapter you are currently in. NO SKIPPING AROUND ALLOWED. No coming back in 6 months to look up 1 thing.

    The first hello_world+ example is in chapter 3. It seemed as if no one from my class could get it working by using the book. I found a power point from a teacher at another university explaining it. I used that power point instead of the book. I found hundreds of posts on the internet from people who could not figure out chapter 3. Chapter 3 is the only fully described example in the book.

    This book might be good for mastering the subject and passing the exam but not for learning the material. I felt like the book needed a study guide companion.

    This book might be excellent it came with a just the facts companion book and the unabridged source code.

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