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Book Review : AJAX in Action

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I have today completed the 1st of the 4 parts of this book and i must say that i loved reading it due to my growing interest in the AJAX methodology and the web application development, in general. Part 1 of the book talks about what and why about AJAX, introduces the framework and toolset and the core technologies you need to know about when working on AJAX. This part is divided into 3 chapters (introducing AJAX, simple example with code and importance of refactoring the AJAX Javascript code). Part 2 (this is where i am now in my reading) talks about the techniques to employ for coding the client and the server. Comprised of 2 chapters. Part 3 (which i am yet to read) discusses about enhancing user experince (usability stuff that you should consider while developing AJAX application), security and performance of AJAX application. Comprised of 3 chapters. Part 4 provides example applications using AJAX methodology like Dynamic double combo, type-ahead suggest, web portal with autosave…

My Studies so far...

I have read the following books in order so far since Nov 2005 when i made a move from embedded systems programming to the J2EE world: Head first servlets and JSP by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates Mastering EJB 3rd Edn. by Ed Roman et al SCJP 5.0 Study Guide by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates JBoss at Work: A Practical Guide by Tom Marrs & Scott Davis Struts: The complete reference by James Holmes (only first 10 chapts). Oracle University: Introduction to SQL J2EE Webservices by Richard Monson-Haefel Designing Webservices with J2EE 1.4 by Inderjeet Singh et alHead First EJB by Kathy Sierra & Bert BatesSNMP, SNMPv2, SNMPv3 and RMON 1 and 2, 3rd Edition, by William Stallings.
My plans are to complete the following books by November 2006: Head first design patterns (for sure - started 25 Oct) J2EE Design and Development by Rob Jhonson (May be) Network Management: Principles and Practice by Subramanian (read 2 chapts.)
Oracle University: Program with PL/SQL (Oracle 9i)
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Preparing for SCDJWS

SCDJWS 1.4 is Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services certification exam. I started preparing for this exam after taking the SCJP 5.0 exam earlier in May 2006. This exam covers alot of specifications (XML 1.0, XML Schema 1.0, WS-I BP 1.0a, J2EE 1.4 for WS 1.1, WSDL 1.1, SOAP 1.1, UDDI 2.0, JAX-RPC 1.1 to name a few). You can see the complete list at Valentin Crettaz's site. There isnt any certification guide available as of this writing for this exam so i followed the advices of people who have already taken this certification exam at JavaRanch SCDJWS Forum and following is my approach to prepare for the exam.

Again, as has become a standard practice for me, i started with a word document where i copy pasted the exam objectives and wrote down the reference material (name of the book and chapters) for each topic on the exam. In summary, following are the resources i am referring:
J2EE WebServices by Richard Monson-Haefel (RMH): all chapters + appendices E, F & G. I did not …