As for what to do next - I think I'll go for SCDJWS when its available (I missed the beta). Then I'll finish off parts 2,3 of SCEA before the end of the year. Could have a problem if this overlaps with the proposed new SCEA exam (do I retake part 1)?
For now - I'm catching up on my reading. I try to read 3, 4 tech books a week (UML Distilled, Core J2EEPatterns, etc). I'll do this for the next month before starting on SCDJWS.
Advice on preparation - read Howards book thoroughly.
I have the exam on july 6th
Further tech Books I study on: 1) Yusuf, K. (2004) Enterprise Messaging using JMS and IBM Websphere. IBM Press 2) Alur, D. (2003) Core J2EE Patterns. Sun Microsystems Press 3) Dyson, P. (2004)Architecting Enterprise Solutions Patterns for High-capability Internet-based Systems. Wiley (just ordered)