I have read Bambara�s (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide) and Cade�s (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide), and I think they are good books for SCEA.
All things being equal, I'll second Cleuton's vote for Cade's book - I found it a very valuable help in preparing for the exam, and thorough enough to get me by the parts of Java EE that I don't use frequently. [ October 05, 2006: Message edited by: Theodore Casser ]
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
1.Core J2EE� Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies, Second Edition(Deepak Alur, John Crupi, Dan Malks) 2.Matering Enterprise JavaBeans<Third Edition> (Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose) 3.Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guid(Mark Cade,Simon Roberts) 4.Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051)(Paul Allen and Joseph Bambara) 5.Design Patterns-Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software(GOF) 6.Java Design Patterns: A Tutorial (James W. Cooper)