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We Are Lucky
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2005
This is the third book in the most excellent Head First series, and, as far as I can tell, just about the only book that covers the Business Component exam. We're are in luck that we have a good one. Actually I'd only give it 4 1/2 stars, mostly because of the outstanding quality of the first, "Head First Java". This book lacks the CD with the online test, which really helps since that's the format the real test takes. Good luck though trying to find any better practice exams than the one that comes with the book. The cover price of the book is nothing compared to just its worth alone. Gone are the quality control problems that the second book, "Servlets and JSP's", had. The book is much more thoughtful and less rushed. Of course I have to complain again about the indexes. I need to return to things I've read and that is very hard to do in the format the book is written in. There are few answers to the many exercise pages and you spend a lot of time thumbing through the pages trying to find answers. A good reference book will help here.
This is not a reference book. It is however, in many ways an excellent primer that will complement a good reference. So if you're taking the exam -- buy the book -- and be grateful it's there.
PS: I also now know why so many Java applications go so slow. Java people have no clue how databases work (I think perhaps even including the authors). This is clearly Sun's fault. Avoid CMP at all costs.