I think it is better to prepare for SCWCD before SCBCD. SCWCD is easier and it is a better introduction to J2EE in my opinion. When you get to SCBCD, it is difficult because business components are abstract ideas. It is helpful to already have a knowledge of servlets and JSPs so that you have a place to call your EJBs from. I think that there is more demand for servlet and JSP skills than there is for EJB. A potential employer would probably find it strange if you knew all about EJBs and nothing about the web.
Here are my book recommendations:
SCWCD 1.3 - SCWCD Exam Study Kit SCWCD 1.4 - Head First Servlets and JSPs (comes out in July '04) SCBCD 1.3 - Head First EJB
need to agree with everybody SCWCD was not very hard, i've spend only one week to prepare (2-3 hours per day, but however my results were very low -- anyhow: somebody said "pass is a pass" :-) i am preparing now to SCBCD with "Head First EJB" and i like it very much! i wish i was able to buy and read "Head First Java" and "Head First SCWCD" (which isn't published yet) -- in this case my results for SCJP and SCWCD would be great :-)
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