Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition
Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: March 2008
Pages: 914

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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    5.0

    Great style with great information.

    By Jelloskins

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition:

      The teaching style of this book is highly effective and pleasing to read. As an introduction to J2EE, I would recommend this to anyone.

       
      5.0

      Amazing Book, Superb

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition:

        This book is amazing, the diagrams are superb and the explanations are really good. I have actually remembered things as I have went along and learned something as a result of reading it.
        The book really explains things in a way that makes sense and makes you understand the concepts and more importantly remember them.

        I am studying for the web component EE 6 exam so I also bought the book OCEJWCD Study Companion by Charles Lyons, which really is very poor, putting it politely, he just lists the API methods and it is pretty dire. For example the important points are in the middle of a paragraph and the book is in black and white and has very few diagrams. The complete opposite to the Head First book. Unfortunately the book by Lyons has the monopoly as it is, at the time of writing, the only study guide for the Java EE 6 exam. The Lyons book is a good cure for insomnia…. I really had to push myself to read it, as it was so dull. Whereas the Head first book is a joy to read! I never knew servlets and jsps could be so fascinating!

        I wish I had just bought this Head First book and then read a bit about async requests and annotations/updates to EE 6 elsewhere, on the web for example. (The Head First book only covers EE 5).

        From now on, if I want to learn anything new, I will always check the Head First series first.

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        5.0

        Something should've been added

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition:

          I'm still reading the book, enjoying reading it. I really like the way this book is written, very easy to take in JSP and servlets though English is not my native language. However, I've noticed a thing that should have been a bit disclosed there, IMHO. No, it doesn't look like a mistake, it's not a mistake, but it caught my attention. I'm talking about pages 362-362:
          We know that "class Employee extends Person" and our bean (id="person") is of type="…Person", class="Employee" which means that normally, when we use plain old Java, we can't do something like:
          person.getEmpID() because Person doesn't include that method. Yes, we can do: "((Employee) person).getEmpID()" because in fact "Person person = new Emplyee()".
          Once I had noticed that fact I thought "jsp:getProperty property="emplID" name="person" wouldn't work out. However, I checked, it works. I looked at the proper TestBean__jsp.java (source code of the JSP servlet) and saw, yes(!), Tomcat had added the casting required itself.
          So, according to my opinion, there should be some more details regarding that, just to let readers know that in such situations a Container (all Containers?) does some work (like (cast)) for us.

           
          4.0

          Book needs to be updated: (SCWCD) 1,6

          By webdesigner

          from IL

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition:

            Missing new information for taking the SCWCD 1.6 exam.

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            4.0

            The only book of it's kind

            By thejartender (The Jar Bar).

            from Borgund, Norway

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition:

            This book is average. Not because it is outdated (2012), but because when I first got it the JEE Web framework was well into it's shift to the next phase - JSF.

            This book was useful for passing the SCWCD exam, but if you're looking at this post 2011, then consider a Facelets book (there's an excellent short cut here at O'Reilly).

            In it's current state this book may be ueful for those seeking certifications, working on legacy code and can still asist with learning how to configure an application through the web.xml file as this book provides excellent documentation for.

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By Andre Pinheiro

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition:

              I used this book for the Servlets and JSPs oracle certificate for java ee 5. I was a really easy reading with everything that I needed to know, with enough tips and tricks. There were like one or two things that came on the exam and were not on the book. But that would still give you a 98% passing grade. I loved the reading!

              Waiting for the Web Services one!

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              4.0

              Head first java

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition:

              Hi all, any one who wants to learn Java programming it's better to go for this book. This book is different when compared to other books who give just the plain text old fashion.

              For programming simple steps has given. But a few examples are there you have to implement them thats the one beauty of this book. It is just like catalog how to use it after knowing that its entirely depend on the person who is using it and how he/she wants to use it.

              All The Best.

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