Head First Servlets and JSP
Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam
By Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: August 2004
Pages: 888

Imagine a world without eBay...unthinkable! How would you get that Farrah Fawcett poster, retired Beanie Baby, or first-edition pet rock? Handling over a gazillion (OK, we exaggerate--it's actually only 1 billion) page views each day, server-side Java makes eBay work.

Isn't it time you learned the latest (J2EE 1.4) versions of Servlets & JSPs? 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 Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD) 1.4 exam. If that's what you want to do, that is. Maybe you don't care about the exam, but need to use Servlets & 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).

No problem. Head First Servlets and JSP's brain-friendly approach drives the knowledge straight into your head (without sharp instruments). You'll interact with servlets and JSPs in ways that help you learn quickly and deeply. It may not be The Da Vinci Code, but quickly see why so many reviewers call it "a page turner". Most importantly, this book will help you use what you learn. It won't get you through the exam only to have you forget everything the next day.

Learn to write servlets and JSPs, what makes the Container tick (and what ticks it off), how to use the new JSP Expression Language (EL), what you should NOT write in a JSP, how to write deployment descriptors, secure applications, and even use some server-side design patterns. Can't talk about Struts at a cocktail party? That'll change. You won't just pass the exam, you will truly understand this stuff, and you'll be able to put it to work right away.

This new exam is tough--much tougher than the previous version of the SCWCD. The authors of Head First Servlets and JSP know: they created it. (Not that it EVER occurred to them that if they made the exam really hard you'd have to buy a study guide to pass it.) The least they could do is give you a stimulating, fun way to pass the thing. If you're one of the thousands who used Head First EJB to pass the SCWCD exam, you know what to expect!

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5.0

Ultimate for SCWCD

By Varun

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    Awesome, Concepts are explained very well, that too in head first fun going manner.

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    5.0

    Best book for preparing for the SCWCD exam

    By Anonymous

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    This is the best resource for preparing for SCWCD exam! Covers everything you need to know and presents it in such a way that you can REMEMBER it! I just had my exam today, and thanks to the authors I was ready for all the tricky questions that I have never seen mentioned in anywhere else.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow""

    By Anonymous

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    This book is probably one of the best I've ever read on an IT-topic. I don't intend to take the SCWCD exam (yet), my main purpose buying this book was to learn servlets and jsp. I was sceptic, that due to the tons of illustrations I would hardly learn anything, but in contrary! I like the teaching method used in this book a lot!

    Unfortunately, there are not too many "Head First"-like books out there. I wish there were more "Head First"-series-books! I wish there was an updated version of "Head First - EJB" (for EJB3, Java (EE) 5)!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good book ... with some major annoyances

    By Anonymous

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    This is a very good book at explaining the material and I was able to get a good grade on the exam with this as my only text, but I agree with Steven's comments. Finding questions at the end of the chapter that weren't covered in the book was a major annoyance. The EJB book is even worse - I've never gotten past the first chapter of that book after trying twice because I couldn't answer any of the questions at the end.

    I also found that I needed to take lots of notes and do a lot of study with a flashcard program in order to retain the material covered in HFSJ. More hands-on exercises would have helped.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good book ... with some major annoyances

    By Steven Chanin

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    This is the second Head First book I've read (the first was on Java). Overall, I think the book is a good way to extend your knowledge into server/enterprise side Java, but I'm not nearly as happy with it as I was with the Java book.

    My experience has been negatively impacted by two factors:

    1) the mock exams repeatedly ask questions about content not covered in the book. This is extremely frustrating. If the authors want you to read a section of spec XYZ in addition to the book, they should tell you to do so (or better yet, cover the material themselves so you don't have to read that whole spec to get the pieces they skipped over).

    2) Not enough hands on exercises. I'm taking tons of notes as I read the book, but I think my retension would be a lot higher over the long term if I did more hands on application. I'm going to go build some stuff on my own to apply the concepts from the book, but I expected a lot more sample problems as a part of the book than I'm getting.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Head First Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam

    By Tommy M. McGuire

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    There it is on page 94: "Important note: while the first three chapters covered background information, from this page forward in the book,virtually everything you're going to see is directly related to or explicitly part of the exam."

    I would expect this sort of thing from most of the certification industry, but not from O'Reilly. Essentially, this book covers the certification exam; that it also provides an introduction to Servlets and JSP is largely incidental. O'Reilly is certainly one of the most consistent, best publishers of technical material, and this book is very good. However, it is a surprise that they would publish a certification exam study guide rather than a serious tutorial about the material. Even though I have learned a good bit about Servlets, I am left wondering what they have left out, simply because it is not on the exam.

    If you are looking for a SCWCDE study guide, this is it. If you are looking for a fast, good introduction to Servlets, this may also be it. But in the future, I'll probably give the Head First series a pass, and I'll be a little more careful about reflexively picking up O'Reilly books.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Book!

    By Paul Bourdeaux

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    Outstanding Book! Whether you are new to Servlets & JSP or a seasoned veteran who wants to learn how to do things the right way, this book is perfect!

    I tend to buy every book I can find when I am researching new technology (I'm a geek, I know!), and I am never, ever disappointed by any book in the HF series. Most of my books get filed in the ilbrary for later reference... but the HF books have a place on my desk!

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    5.0

    THANK YOU! OR WHAT?

    By ABBS

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    Oh Boy

    Do you learn something or what? This book really worked me up. I wasn't expecting that I would have a VERY sound introduction to Servlet and JSP technology let alone STRUTS. DO NOT be FOOLED. This book is the perfect introduction for the Servlet & JSP technologies. I even have an understanding of how the Jakarta STRUTS framework fits into the J2EE.

    If you are looking for a sound introduction to the web component architecture of the J2EE platform then look no further than this book. Do nott believe all those people saying taht this is not a good refernce book. It wasn't supposed to be.

    Know Servlets 2.4 and JSP 2.0 with as much little effort as possible and get a LIFE. GO BUY THIS BOOK.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good for beginers like ME !

    By Sabya

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    I am mainframe guy having some knowledge of java and started learning J2EE.

    I saw this book when i was really bored of reading old style serious books and manuals, so tried a new one and i MUST say its a very good book for me to start, BUT i may need one more book on JSp and Servlet after i finish reading this book(I like the Servlet and JSP cookbook), everything is fine with this book but what i need is more real life code and examples that this lacks.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Where is the code for each and every program

    By Vishal

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Servlets and JSP:

    I am reading the book and new to jsp and servlets. The book is really good . It could be further improved by giving softcopy of the book with a CD rom and some exams for SCWCD.

    also code for each and every program in the book should be given.

    Thanks

    Vishal

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