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allison ai

Joined: Mar 17, 2003
Posts: 15
Thank you all for the help from this forum!!
Here is what I did (with 2 yrs Java, 1 yr J2EE).
1. Came to this forum first to read related posts and draw a reading list for myself
2. Read the following books:
Cade's Study Guide [several times, try to really understand everything there]
GoF's Design Patterns [overkill for the exam, but very helpful in understanding the subject. for examples in Java, go to http://www.fluffycat.com/java/patterns.html]
UML Distilled [overkill for the exam. Cade's is enough]
Roman's Mastering EJB [careful read]
3. Study other subjects on Leo Crawford's site:
http://www.leocrawford.org.uk/work/jcea/part1/index.html (thanks much!)
4. Take all the mock tests listed at http://www.geocities.com/rah_73_1999/Actual.html to know weak points
(helpful in identifying my weakness, which were security, protocol, and legacy. those still turned out to be the areas where i lost my points in the real exam. should have paid more attention to details...)
5. Study the weak areas
go back to Cade's book, really understand everything there. plus, i used the internet a lot, just google a subject, a term, etc. until found good materials.
here, must understand details beyond definitions. particularly how it is used in real world.
6. Take the exam.
time was not ample. don't get stuck on a single question. mark it, move on, then come back.
expect scenario questions on legacy [it would pay off if you really understand what you have read on the subject in your prep]
hope this could be helpful to someone...let me know if you have any questions.
thanks again!!
Nick Thaker

Joined: Jul 07, 2003
Posts: 7
May I ask, how long did it take you to prepare?
Did you approach the topics in any particular order?
Did you spend time mastering all design patterns or did you focus upon a few?
I'm not quite sure what level of detail the exam requires in most areas.
allison ai

Joined: Mar 17, 2003
Posts: 15
I used around 6 weeks to prepare with careful study of all the books listed.
The order of my study:
UML ->
Patterns (UML is used to illustrate the patterns) ->
EJB (UML, patterns are used) ->
other subjects just following the chapters in Cade's book ->
other things not covered by Cade, e.g. legacy
[The books on UML and Design Patterns are really overkill for the test. If you just want to pass the exam, study only Cade's notes on the subjects. But I am glad I studied the books since I am much more comfortable with the subjects now. ]
It's better to know all the 23 patterns. It won't take long if only study Cade's notes. Of course, there are some "popular" patterns: proxy, factory, decorator, iterator, etc.
By paying attention to details, I meant to know exactly how a technology works. e.g. digital certificate: how it is created, how it is used, how it is installed, etc.
You need to know details of EJB.
Hope this helps.
Billy Tsai
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Joined: May 23, 2003
Posts: 1304
I have mark cade's book
and ED Roman MAstering EJB 2 and Enterprise JavaBean released by OReilly.
what are the chapters that I need to study for the last two books i mentioned above for SCEA part1?
is Mastering EJB2 suitable for SCEA part1 because its EJB 2.0 , but what version of EJB does SCEA part1 test people on?
allison ai

Joined: Mar 17, 2003
Posts: 15
I did not review Enterprise JavaBean by O'Reilly for the exam. I downloaded Roman's book from http://www.theserverside.com/books/masteringEJB/index.jsp and only studied chapters 1 to 11.
See this post for which version of EJB is tested in SCEA part I:
For differences between EJB1.1 and 2.0, see this post http://www.coderanch.com/t/65248/BEA-Weblogic/Difference-between-EJB-EJB-EJB
Hope this helps.
Billy Tsai
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Joined: May 23, 2003
Posts: 1304
Thanks for ur response.
does SCEA part1 testing practical programming details of EJB like show u some code etc... or just theoretical conceptual details like what this method does etc?
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