I got through with 92%. Thanks to the forum for their support at crucial time.
I've read HFEJB but I don't recommend this for exam preparation. I strongly recommend people to go through the EJB Specification which is the penultimate & accurate source of information. I got confused with the layman's approach given in HFEJB book. And lot of stuff is debateable,confusing and not straight forward. I say it INCOMPLETE and CONFUSING. Though, I appreciate Kathy & Bert for making EJB understandable to Layman. They really did a great job. But that doesn't fit to be a book to prepare for exam. So read the EJB specification just in case if you are confused with the over simplification in the book....There is lot to know from the spec and there is very little information in the book. Decide yourself. Utilize the forum and post your question after searching the forum throughly for answers.( and not before!!)
Following revision notes helped me a lot during the revision(Verify some of the points in that)
1) Read the spec in and out. It's easy and better than HfEJB or other books. Don't waste time in reading books. Put the same effort in reading spec and that proves worth at the end. 2) Prepare check points while reading. That helps and you need not read the spec again and again 3)Be clear on Roles and Responsibilities. All my mistakes are in that area only.(HFEJB miserably failed to present them.) 4)Manage your time in the exam by preparing for a couple of exams before hand. HFEJB books mock exam is ok and may be the language is similar to the questions in the actual exam. Exams at ejbcertificate.com is also ok. 5) Call the exam center a day before to confirm if every thing is ok. They told me that the exam was cancelled due to technical problems in thier center when I went to the center. Don't be fooled that way.
Thanks,<br />Bhanu<br />SCEA Step-I<br />SCBCD for J2EE 1.3<br />SCJP1.4
Regarding "HF EJB" and "HF style" in general - it depends on how people used to study. Some prefer more "informal" approach - many pictures/dialogs, some prefer more "academic" approach - specifications, etc... It's just matter of taste...
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Congratulations, and thank you very much for sharing your experience.
Don't waste time in reading books. Put the same effort in reading spec and that proves worth at the end.
I don't consider reading HFEJB as a waste of time. The spec is so dry. It tastes like nonsugar gum, whereas I would chew HFEJB for hours. Ok, you'll find all the information in the spec, but you'll have to put some effort to get the best of it. Reading books or reading the spec is a matter of taste I think.