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what books are there for SCJA?

paul wheaton

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
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I know there are plenty of books and mock tests for SCJP, but what about SCJA?
Are there *any* mock tests for SCJA?

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Marcus Green
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Jamie Jaworski has a book out that covers the 3 exams including the Architects exam. However it doesn't get particularly good reviews at Amazon, and it is publishers New Riders did put out the a Java Certification book that was bad almost beyond belief a couple of years ago.
Here is the link at amazon

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paul wheaton

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
Posts: 20973

I took Jaworski's mock programmer test last night. There was a lot of material there that has not been on other mock tests. I'm not sure if it was material that is not on SCJP2, or if the others are leaving stuff out.
I don't want to be quick to judge - does anyone know of good stuff from Jaworski?
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
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I looked at the books that sun recommends in the bookstore and they are ok.
these are better , check them out in the bookstore and you will see they are very well written.
Developing software with UML : Bernd Oestereich
Java Modeling in color with uml : peter coad
Java in Practice : Design styles and idioms for
effective java ( design patterns.
Nigel warren and Philip Bishop
Java Style : Patterns for Implementation
Jeff Langr

Designing Enterprise Applications with java 2 enterprise edition

Java 2 platform Enterprise edition : bill shannon
Both of the above books cover Ejb's , jsp and xml
( XML is on the java enterprise test! )

And oreilly's java 2 security.
Herbert Maosa
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Joined: May 03, 2000
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I used the Jaworski book for my programmer Certification.My own view of the book is that is the most accurate book I have read,no typos,and for the SCJP it only falls short in its coverage of Layouts.The problem with Jaworski is that he does not teach in a Lay man's language as other authors do, but the technical info he presents is very accurate,concise and rarely goes out of scope.It would not be a bad idea to include his book to your shelf.I intend to use the same for SCJA.
Aaron Robinson
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Joined: May 15, 2000
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I used Jaworski to study for SCJA. I also did a lot of my own research but only just scraped SCJA with 75%. SCJA is no longer available but has been replaced with SCEA for J2EE. Jaworski would still be a good book to read as some of the topics he covers will be in the exam but you will not pass SCEA using this book due to the greater emphasis on J2EE technologies.
If you only have enough cash for one book then buy Richard Monson-Haefels book on EJB.
I read this book and passed SCEA part one with 79%

SCJP 1.0,1.1,2 SCJA 2
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Mr neuralnet's suggested books which he told that was from sun I did not found in Arun Robinsons List Start list of Sun nor in My start list which provided by sun.
Please check the Origional One before Purchasing any book.
Michael Finney
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Aaron Robinson
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Joined: May 15, 2000
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Neuralnets list is not the recommended Sun list.
I have the recommended list, but don't buy the patterns with contracts book they talk about as it is dedictade to Eiffel, not Java and will be difficult to follow for those not familiar with Eiffel.
sankha subhra das

Joined: Jun 24, 2003
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do u have the pdf version of Sun� Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051) by Paul Allen, Joseph J. Bambara ISBN: 0072226870..mail me at
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
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Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide --
Mark Cade, Simon Roberts; Paperback

I have read this book( see my review in Book Reviews forum). Beware the book does not cover JMS and hence all objectives related to Messaging. Otherwise it is a good book.
Sun� Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051) -- Paul Allen, Joseph J. Bambara; Paperback
It covers subsantially more ground than the other one and comes with an accompanying CD containing most chapters in PDF format and a test with 250 questions. I haven't had a chance to run the test yet. Some chapters seem to "spoon-feed" the concepts with pages full of code samples.... Code samples in an architect study guide is too much hand-holding in my opinion.

Here are the links to my reviews in bunkhouse, just in case you are interested -

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