I recently attempted the "Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5" exam and passed it flawlessly.
The SCWCD exam is primarily for developers specializing in the application of JavaServer Pages and Servlet technologies used to present Web Services and Dynamic Web Content.
The certification tests the developer if he/she understands the basics of JavaServer Pages and Servlet technologies along with the best practices of the Web Application development. The exam also covers a few extreme features like JSTL, EL, design patterns, etc.
The certification, as of today is available in only one flavor - 5 (also known as 1.5). However to attempt the SCWCD exam, one must be a SCJP. Know more about SCWCD at http://www.sun.com/training/certification/java/scwcd.xml
The "Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5" exam covers objectives like -
- The Servlet Technology Model
- The Structure and Deployment of Web Applications
- The Web Container Model
- Session Management
- Web Application Security
- The JavaServer Pages (JSP) Technology Model
- Building JSP Pages Using the Expression Language (EL)
- Building JSP Pages Using Standard Actions
- Building JSP Pages Using Tag Libraries
- Building a Custom Tag Library
- Java EE Patterns
The exam actually costs Rs.7200, but being a Sun employee I got it for free under SAI. :)
A minimum of 70% (49 questions out of 69) is required to clear the exam. And the time duration for the exam is 3 hours.
For preparation of the exam, here is the material that I followed; I think this should be enough to get a respectable score -
Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam - Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates
This is a comprehensive book for the SCWCD 5 exam, it covers all the objectives of the exam in a structured approach. Anybody attempting the exam should go through this book at least once.
Buy the book from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-Servlets-JSP-Certified/dp/0596005407