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Guides on SCJA Preparation?

Steven Wong
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Joined: Mar 07, 2002
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Hi,
I've decided to go ahead with the SCJA exam.
1. Is there any good books to recommend in the preparation of this exam?
2. Also, does anyone know links to any good tutorials/notes on SCJA?
3. How long would one normally take to complete the entire exam (from part I - III)?
4. How should I start preparing for the exam? I have experience developing J2EE projects for the past 1.5 year but I believe there're more to study and prepare for the exam.
Hope someone could help out.
Thanks in advance.


best regards,<br />Steven<br />SCJP, SCEA
Brian Glodde
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Joined: Jun 27, 2001
Posts: 171
Here's a link that'll get you started.
Byron Estes
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Joined: Feb 21, 2002
Posts: 313
Originally posted by Clement Ng:
Hi,
I've decided to go ahead with the SCJA exam.
1. Is there any good books to recommend in the preparation of this exam?
2. Also, does anyone know links to any good tutorials/notes on SCJA?
3. How long would one normally take to complete the entire exam (from part I - III)?
4. How should I start preparing for the exam? I have experience developing J2EE projects for the past 1.5 year but I believe there're more to study and prepare for the exam.
Hope someone could help out.
Thanks in advance.

I think the "Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide" is a good place to start, but it needs to be supplemented. It's written by Mark Cade and Simon Roberts (who were directly involved in the development of the exam).
Regards,
Byron Estes


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Steven Wong
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Joined: Mar 07, 2002
Posts: 295
Thanks for the response guys.
I am planning to use the following resources for the exam preparation:
1. Oreilly EJB Book 3rd Edition
2. UML Distilled and Learn UML in 24 hours
3. Gof4 Design Patterns Book
Is it sufficient? I understand there's going to be a new exam coming up covering EJB2. Is the exam format and objectives still the same?
Thanks a lot in advance.
Byron Estes
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Joined: Feb 21, 2002
Posts: 313
You'll need to look elsewhere to cover some of the objectives is those are the only books you decide to user and you are not already conversant in the following topics...
Legacy Connectivity
Protocols
Internationalization
Security
You may or may not get sufficient Message background, but I don't think that's a big hitter on the exam anyway.
Regards,
Byron Estes
Rufus BugleWeed
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Joined: Feb 22, 2002
Posts: 1551
I think the GoF book is hard to read and out dated. Unless you already own it, there are better resources.
Chip Pate
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 1
I too found the GoF book highly involved. There is a new Java Patterns Workbook that I have gone through and has helped me get a fuller understanding of the patterns detailed in the GoF book.
arup chowdhury
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Joined: Sep 18, 2001
Posts: 11
Hi
Can you give the alternatives for Gof book.
I too have found it slightly difficult to read..
Arup
Douglas Kent
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Joined: Oct 06, 2000
Posts: 171
ON the GOF book, it does yield to determined effort. After a while, you'll wonder why you found it hard to understand. But there are better more current works like that patterns workbook. Good reviews at Amazon.
Brian Glodde
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Joined: Jun 27, 2001
Posts: 171
Regarding design patterns and Java, I found GoF to be great for the concept of the pattern, but for the java implementation of the patterns, this book is far more helpful.
 
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