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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Cleared SCWCD 1.4

So after several reschedules I cleared SCWCD1.4 on 29 May 2007 with 84%. It was a nice experience as I didn't have to study a lot like SCJP5. I was working on web technologies since 2 years, which was helpful. So here are my experiences.

* Disclaimer
Ha, simply I am not responsible for any thing as all these are my personal feelings and experiences. So as usually don’t blame for me anything.

* SCWCD or SCBCD?
Many people argue that SCWCD is obsolete now with introduction to JSF, Struts etc. And that's why investment in SCBCD is more fruitful than SCWCD. In my view, it depends upon the requirement, a developer's profile. BCD is at its place, but SCWCD is no way short at any side.
Only because of this certification, came to know that I also can use JSTL, even can develop my own custom tags (which previously was a mystery for me), and EL? it just simplifies every thing in JSP. How many of web developers are aware of Listeners or the sequence of events happening in background? Security is the concept which I knew is important but never dare to look into it, now I can talk on it . Deployment and design patterns are topics of my interest and I scored good in both. And I know they will help me lot in long term.
So taking SCWCD is a wise decision.

* How to prepare?
I referred "Head First Servlet & JSP" by K & B & Bryan. And it’s sufficient to clear the exam with a nice score. For Design Patterns I referred Deshmukh’s Book. It is a nice book. Apart from that I also tried some mocks (Not much). Moreover there is lots of stuff on net.
Revision of HFServlet & JSP bullets point and exercises with No Dumb Questions helps a lot.
In the last, Final quiz from HFSJ is mandatory. And guys say that:
Final exam’s score + 20 = SCWCD score
Even though in my case it was amusing. I scored 58% in final mock and 84% in SCWCD, almost reverse ;-). I guess I was feeling sleepy in mock exam :-P.


* Resources
Books:
a) Head First Servlet & JSP - by K & B & Bryan
b) SCWCD - Deshmukh’s Book

Internet resources:
Most of the FAQ are available at:
http://faq.javaranch.com/view?ScwcdFaq

And almost all important SCWCD links are available at:
http://faq.javaranch.com/view?ScwcdLinks
Make a habit of surfing:
http://saloon.javaranch.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum&f=18

Also http://www.j2eecertificate.com is a good site for maintaining your track with mocks.

* Battle Field
This time I already told exam coordinator to reduce the intensity of Air conditioner. Otherwise…. The scene used to chill the nerves. Start with easy picking questions. In other iteration make your head work and solve most of the questions. Mark and leave them, if they are taking much time. Also be careful for Drag and Drop questions. They used to be easy but if you answer them once, and will attempt again, a message will appear which clearly says that your previous answer for the question will be reset. So attempt them only once and forget them. I found that time is not a problem for SCWCD as claimed by others. Either you know or not. In last, revise at a glance all of your answers, may be you will catch some of nonsense mistakes (I used to do them). That’s it, score report will print as usual. And after SCJP experience I was aware of the speed of printer. So I waited, …… Oh! My score was 84% , fine for easy going preparation.

* Value of Certification
When I posted blog on SCJP in past, I remember i was searching for a good Company to give me a chance and today I am in IBM India Pvt Ltd. Certification helped me in improving my knowledge, confidence and profile.

* Appraisal for HFSJ
Must say that it is the best book available in market, which actually speaks with the reader. A GUI based book is more effective than any other method. Whenever I tried to skip any exercise… it prompted me… “Wait, this exercise is not optional” – and I had to solve that exercise with a smile. Every important point was boldly mentioned – no way can any reader skip it. Questions in exercised are close to exam except that I always missed correct number of questions (I want to show my anger hgggxxxx).
Simply this book burns every important bit into your memory’s hardware (hope memory is not RAM).

* Last Word
And if you like this blog, want to query, any correction, your experiences... just comment it out. I will try my best to respond.
Wish you good Luck!

1 Comments:

  • congargs man for clearing SCWCD.i knew u will do it some day.thanks for sharing your experience.it will help a lot to people like me.

    By Blogger andy, at 4:58 PM  

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