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Need guidance on SCEA 5 Part 1

Edisandro Bessa
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Hi guys,

You should be bored to be answering this questions so many times, h� ?

Well, I've already made a research but I could not find any book specifically aimed for the new release of this certification, so I think I need to gather a few books, tutorials and so on in order to start my preparation for the SCEA, right ?

So, in my humble request, could you please post here some links which direct me to the correct stuff ?

Since there's no specific book for this exam, could you please tell me which books I REALLY need to buy as well as exam simulators and tutorials so that I can really pass the exam.

Some links and tips would be highly appreciated.

Best Regards,

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Theodore Casser
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I don't know that there's any one book that folks would recommend as a one-stop shop for preparing for the exam... and honestly, I will admit that I didn't do all that much reading to prepare. (I'd been doing prep for other exams anyway, so in the course of learning for the programming ones, I learned the material for SCEA.) The biggest obstacle I could think is that you don't really need to know the practical side of the technologies in depth - you need to know them on a theoretical basis, in terms of what they represent and what they're used for as part of an enterprise application, and not necessarily how to develop with them.

What I'd recommend is searching this forum for what folks were using during the beta - it is archived - and going from there. Perhaps it's time we compiled a list if one's not in the FAQ.

Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Andrew Shakirow

Joined: Jun 30, 2008
Posts: 8

I have collected this list from people's posting about preparation materials they used for exam:

Cade's book
"SCEA study guide" - Allen and Bambara

"Core J2EE patterns, 2nd ed."
Head First design patterns
Core Security Patterns
"Design Patterns", GoF

"Mastering EJB 3.0"

JSF Spec

Sun JEE tutorial - the EJB part only
Sun JavaWSTutorial

SCEA 5 Study Guide (
Various articles on JAX-RPC and JAX-WS
[ July 23, 2008: Message edited by: Shakirow Andrew ]
Hong Anderson
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I believe that in Sun has listed books for SCEA 5 in web. Please check.

I think to take SCEA 5 part 1, you should read about 8 books (doesn't mean to read from first page to last page).
[ July 23, 2008: Message edited by: Kengkaj Sathianpantarit ]

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
Edisandro Bessa
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Nice !

Thanks for your valuable inputs.
Jens Neumann

Joined: Jul 24, 2008
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when I compare the table of contents of GoF "Design Pattern" with Head First "design patterns" it seems to me, that they cover the same patterns, only the Head First Book has more pages.

So what is the O'Reilly book usefull for, when I already know the GoF patterns and others like in the books of Martin Fowler?
Bert Bates

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Hey Jens,

HFDP is an intro to patterns. If you are already fluent with the material in GoF then HFDP would not be useful for you.

But, what we've heard from a lot of readers is that although they've read GoF, they realize that they're not really fluent using the concepts. A lot of readers have told us that once they read HFDP they understood GoF a lot better.



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Andrew Shakirow

Joined: Jun 30, 2008
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Section 1: Application Design Concepts and Principles
- Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide, Mark Cade
- "SCEA study guide" - Allen and Bambara

Section 2: Common Architectures
- Designing Enterprise Applications with the J2EE Platform
- J2EE Architect's Handbook

Section 3: Integration and Messaging
- Enterprise Integration Patterns: Designing, Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions
- J2EE Connector Architecture and Enterprise Application Integration
- Java Message Service, Monson-Haefel & Chappell

Section 4: Business Tier Technologies
- EJB 3.0 Spec
- "Mastering EJB 3.0"
- Sun JEE tutorial
- Nice to have SCBCD 5

Section 5: Web Tier Technologies
- JSP Spec
- JSF Spec
- Sun JavaWSTutorial
- Sun JEE tutorial
- SOA using Java Web services
- Nice to have SCWCD and SCDJWS

Section 6: Applicability of Java EE Technology
- Practical J2EE Application Architecture
- J2EE AntiPatterns

Section 7: Patterns
- Core J2EE Patterns
- "Design Patterns", GoF
- Head First Design Patterns

Section 8: Security
- Java Security
- Core Security Patterns
- Sun JEE tutorial
Jens Neumann

Joined: Jul 24, 2008
Posts: 2
Thanks for the hints, specially for the sources overview for the secctions
Edisandro Bessa
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Wow Shakirow !

Thanks a lot for your so detailed post about each book necessary for each exame section.

Thank you very much.

By the way, you had the SCEA 5 in mind when posting these books, right ?
Ashwin Kumar
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Wow !!, Thats lot of reading need to be done, any idea what specific chapters needs to be read ?


Preparing SCEA..<br />SCBCD 5.0<br />SCWCD 1.4<br />SCJP 1.4
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