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!!
Congrats! 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.
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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.
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?