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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]
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: (thanks much!)
4. Take all the mock tests listed at 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
Ranch Hand

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 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
Hope this helps.
Billy Tsai
Ranch Hand

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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