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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2010
It's been a while since I've done any web development so beeing assigned to a new project meant I had to get up to speed quickly. I have to admit I was a little unsure about purchasing as I'd heard from some that the Head First style was too informal and quirky to be taken seriously as a technical book for professionals. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and I was not disapointed! Despite the informal jokey style, the content of the book is 100% comprehensive, relevant and practical. The book is large because each chunk of information is broken up and presented with diagrams, pictures, margin notes and exercises. It was so easy to just sit and read, and I never found myself having to read sections over and over to make the material stick in memory. They say their style is based on the results of cognitive research and learning theory and I'd say its with great success. If you're looking for a reference book, this is not for you. However if you are looking to learn quickly and effectively, then buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2010
Hi I am a programmer who has been looking at jsp's and servlets for years but this book put it all together for me. I felt I had a great knowledge of the subject matter after reading it. If you are a developer in this area I would highly recommend it. I have read other head first books but did not get as much out of them I though this one was exceptional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2013
I bought this book to learn about web development and absolutely love it. I really love how each page is so self-sufficient and every time you move to another page, you are confident that you have actually learned something from the previous page. It's also wonderful to feel that once you study one more page, you'll know yet another topic. Highly recommended!
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on 30 May 2014
This book is great, with the easy to read style of Head First's books, but it's not so relevant now with JSF and JavaEE7. It doesn't include any mention to those API's, as it could be expected due to its release date.

If you need to learn to use JSP ans Servlets, this is a very good book for starters, but if you are not tied to that old technology you should search for a book with up-to-date contents as the mentioned JSF and JavaEE6 greatly simplify development.
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on 23 July 2012
I you want to pass on the OCWCD certification (old SCWCD), then read this book. It's funny (not boring) but with deep information. It really prepare us for the certification
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on 11 May 2015
100% perfect! very happy with it
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2011
I bought this book in favour of the 'official' SCWCD study guide because I really liked the SCJP book (also written by Sierra and Bates) and they seem to know their stuff.
Although the style of this one is quite a departure from the Certified Java Programmer book, I do like it. I managed to read over 300 pages in two days, which says a lot about the readability of the text. Nicely presented with many pictures helps to get the points across well. The authors anticipate exactly the questions which are formulating in my mind, and the issues are explored in a logical order, with ideas being expanded, problems raised and solutions put forward which introduce further techniques and information.

In summary, a well laid out book, very readable, and using this with a suitable set of training exams should see anyone nicely through passing the SCWCD exam.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2011
I have not yet taken the SCWCD exam so I cannot comment on the effectiveness of this book in helping one to pass the exam. However as a way of learning how to get round a web app it is excellent. It is also very easy to read and digest. There are regular reviews eliminating the need to go back over chapters repeatedly. At first I was sceptical about the format but I must admit it works for me.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2010
Arrived extremely quickly. Very pleased as it was a present. Very well received and I know the person is more than happy with the book. So all in all a good purchase.
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on 25 February 2015
Good
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