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  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (2 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596005407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005405
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 4.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Want to get to know the latest (J2EE 1.4) versions of Servlets & JSPs so well that you can pass the Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD) 1.4 exam? No problem! Head First Servlets and JSPs will show you how to write servlets and JSPs, what makes the Container tick, how to use the new JSP Expression Language (EL), and much more. You won't just pass the exam, you will truly understand this stuff and be able to put it to work right away.

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Bryan Basham is a Sun Certified Developer for Java 2 Platform and one of the key designers of the Sun Certified Web Component Developer exam. He is also a course developer for Sun Microsystems concentrating on Java technology and Object-Oriented design principles. Bryan has worked on a large range of Java courses, including Sun's core Java programming course, the JDBC course, a J2EE overview seminar, the Servlet/JSP course, and the OO Analysis and Design course. Kathy Sierra has been a master Java trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun's instructors how to teach the latest Java technologies. She is the founder of one of the largest java community websites in the world, javaranch.com. She is also a key member of the development team for the Sun Certified programmer exam and has developed dozens of applications to demonstrate Java technology. 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Umamaheswarampillai on 26 April 2006
Format: Paperback
Headfirst books are like marmite - people either love it or hate it. I have met people who say the Headfirst books are the best they have seen on the planet and THE way to prepare for java certification. And then there are others who say they are crap because they waste too much space and time with stupid jokes. I have done both programmer and developer certification but so far I have stayed away from Headfirst. Nothing personal. They just didn't seem right for me. And I started preparing for the Web component exam with Marty Hall's book. (An excellent book indeed!) But Although Marty's book is great (And in some ways better than this one) He is focused on giving a very practical guide to the world of servlets and JSPs. But the authors of this one really want to help you get through the exam. So if you are after the exam this one is indeed the better book. I started reading this one after finishing a little more than half of Marty's book and now I wish I had started with this instead. (By the way I did buy the Manning (Hanumant Deshmukh) book before this one while I was holidaying in India but after coming back I read all those angry reviews for the second edition and not to touch it!)

The plus points are

The explanations are very clear and very logical

100% focused on the exam

Quite a lot of questions and answers

Easy to read

The only negative point is you waste a lot of time because of all the funny 'head first' stuff. I agree it is a matter of taste. I was a fan of the 'C for dummies' once upon a time. But now reading a techie book is not my idea of fun (unless it is written by Dan Gookin maybe). So I am not so amused when they give advice about Herbal Decaff tea and stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Victor on 25 Sept. 2007
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Firstly I am a big fan of Head First books. Head First Design Patterns was a revelation to me.
I have Head First EJB & impressed with that. I am a SCJP so no stranger to Java.

But...

Head First Servlets & JSP I have found hard going. At times I have found it absolutely mind numbing. Yes, it may give you a basic intro. to the concepts, but then you are quickly immersed in chapter after chapter of configuration details in the deployment descriptor and the vagaries of EL versus JSTL. On and on it goes. Yes you need to know this stuff but what it really lacks me for is small, full, working *real world* examples for each point you are covering, that you can see in your browser. But of course that would make the book twice as big, so editorial contraints had to apply. Check out Head First Java if you want to see what I mean. There are some really cool complete examples across a wide range of areas.

So yes it covers a lot of ground, will prepare you for the exam, but look to buy another book to give you the means to glue all the theory together. There is the real world lurking beyond the exam and for me this book is too theoretical. There are some great gags in it though, had me laughing out loud at times.

So in conclusion its a very good book overall, but not the right one for me. I learn by doing and applying, and there isn't enough of that for me. I had to wait wade through 10 chapters of theory before the gold dust in the last few pattern oriented ones - thats fine if you're only interested in the exam but I'm not. I want to get my sleeves rolled up & hands dirty...

3.5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Paul Smith on 7 Oct. 2004
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Firstly, I should say this book really suits me... I've already read Head First EJB (HFE) and passed the Certification with over 90%.
I have yet to sit the SCWCD Certification but I'm confident this book will get me there. It uses an almost comic book style to get points across which is totally disimilar to any other technical books I've ever read. As a result you actually stay awake and keep focused.
It appears to have addressed one of the most annoying flaws of HFE as well - asking questions at the end of a Chapter that actually require knowledge from later chapters... very irritating!
Be careful though... the style does not suit everyone. Some people prefer the facts and foget the padding. Personally I can't recommend it enough however... So good luck in your Certification if your doing it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb. 2006
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An excellent book that has a very good introduction to java web development, I was converting from .NET and the nicest feature of this is it's heavy integration with Tomcat. It demonstrates thoroughly how to set up a tomcat web application and details configuration procedures. Good ocverage of JSTL and Struts - but also a healthy coverage of best practices for developing servlets.
I recommend to anyone starting out with Servlets - a good introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2005
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I used this book to prepare for the SCWCD exam and it does an excellent job of providing you with all the necessary information in a fun and informal manner. I got over 90% in the exam but I did notice that 3 of the questions I was asked where on areas not covered in the book.
If your looking to pass the SCWCD you can't go wrong with this book, especially since the writers of this book are involved in the exam itself.
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