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Important Info about SCEA

Marco Lombardo
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I want to take the SCEA in this year (until December 2006).
I have any important question.
Which version of J2EE and EJB is the current exam?
How long is valid the part1 of SCEA? If there is a future upgrade,
the part1 of current SCEA is always valid?
Is in prevision that sun upgrade this exam?

Thanks
Marco


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Hong Anderson
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EJB in SCEA part 1 is version 1.1


SCJA 1.0, SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 5.0, SCEA 5, SCBCD 5; OCUP - Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced; IBM Certified Solution Designer - OOAD, vUML 2; SpringSource Certified Spring Professional
Peer Reynders
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Originally posted by Marco Lombardo:
How long is valid the part1 of SCEA?

If you are trying to complete all three parts of the SCEA before December 2006 you are probably OK - judging by the way certifications have been transitioned before,the current SCEA exam/assignment will stick around for a while.

Originally posted by Marco Lombardo:
part1 of current SCEA is always valid?

It will be valid in reference to the current assignment. In relevance it is dated. But as the SCEA has no pre-requisite, Part 1 is the pre-requisite to obtaining the Part 2 assignment - other than that Part 1 has little relevance - the SCEA is really about Part 2 and Part 3.

Originally posted by Marco Lombardo:
Is in prevision that sun upgrade this exam?

Rumors of an upgrade have been around since December 2002. Some news was hoped for this January 2006 - there was none. This leads me to believe that plans for SCEA 1.4 have been scrapped. As JEE 5 still has to be finalized an SCEA JEE 5 will be some time off - it might not be available by December 2006. Exams like the SCBCD will be updated first (to EJB 3.0)and that will be happening the earliest September 2006 (see Bert Bates' post in SCBCD 1.3 TO 1.4 !!!).

SCEA Study Guide 2nd Edition in October 2005? - Exam Update NOT until January 2006!
Anyone know if the exams are to be updated ?


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Christian Naeger
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Joined: Jan 13, 2005
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Originally posted by Peer Reynders:

Rumors of an upgrade have been around since December 2002. Some news was hoped for this January 2006 - there was none. This leads me to believe that plans for SCEA 1.4 have been scrapped. As JEE 5 still has to be finalized an SCEA JEE 5 will be some time off - it might not be available by December 2006. Exams like the SCBCD will be updated first (to EJB 3.0)and that will be happening the earliest September 2006 (see Bert Bates' post in SCBCD 1.3 TO 1.4 !!!).

SCEA Study Guide 2nd Edition in October 2005? - Exam Update NOT until January 2006!
Anyone know if the exams are to be updated ?


I recently (January) took a course at SUN Germany (FJ310). I asked my teacher about a SCEA update and after further inquiry at Sun Education Europe he said that according to the internal Sun roadmap a update of SCEA to Java EE 5 is scheduled for "mid" 2006. However, as the final version of JEE 5 is still not released I doubt that a new version of SCEA will be available before the end of this year. Thus, I am now preparing for the "old" SCEA.
David Rocks
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1.1, 2.0 or 3.0.

your design should apply to all. and if you design to one and get it right it will apply to all.
Peer Reynders
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Originally posted by David Rocks:
your design should apply to all. and if you design to one and get it right it will apply to all.


I would hope that a design exploiting features and technologies only available in later versions could realize superior performance, maintainability and "time to market" - otherwise what is the point of evolving your platform?

E.g., at least with EJB 3.0 you have the reasonable choice of using POJOs to implement you domain model � should that be an appropriate solution for the problem at hand. Forcing that choice onto your implementation team(s) prior to EJB 3.0 but restricting them to technologies available under J2EE will cost a lot more effort which may make the choice infeasible. The design may be valid but it may be unrealistic with older versions of the platform.

On the flipside a design realizable under an older version of the platform may be unnecessarily complex and/or constrained because it restricts itself to a subset of features available under later versions (or worse because it uses features deprecated under later versions).

Really the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect title is a bit misleading. Given the scope of the assignment Sun Certified (J2EE) Distributed Component Architecture Solution Designer would be more appropriate - though not as cool sounding. At that level you better have an in depth understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the technologies at your disposal and employ them accordingly.
 
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