No, I dont think you need prior experience in EJB to write SCBCD. In my case, I have 4.5 years experience working in JSPs and Servlets. Sometime last year, I applied for a job that required EJB knowledge in its required skill sets. So, I went and bought a EJB book from the market. I dont want to mention the book name but I found it really boring and it was confusing.
The interview was just 1 week away and I had to learn EJB within the limited timeframe. Then I went to the market again, looking for a better EJB book. I saw Kathy & Bert's 'Head First EJB'. Having used their 'Head First Servlets and JSP' before, I knew that I can count on them. I bought the book and finished it in one week and I absolutely loved that book. Needless to say, there were many EJB questions in the interview and I performed well (Thanks again to K and B).
So, I got the job and I am doing EJB3 work for the past 3 months.. I didn't want to take the exam because the exam was based on EJB2.0. But one part of my brain kept saying 'Hey., c'mon you spent x amount of dollars buying the book. So why dont you spend xx more dollars and get the damn certificate?".. I asked my employer and he was willing to sponser for the exam, so I thought "Hey, why not?"...
Thats my story.. I am taking the exam on Sep 6. fingers crossed. [ August 29, 2006: Message edited by: Lynette Dawson ]
MCSD, SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCJD (in progress - URLybird 1.2.1)
passed the bloody scbcd exam with 90% - questions were pretty straight forward (no-brainer) and i finished the exam in 35 min. I should have spent some time reviewing my answers, but anyway.. 90 is decent score i guess.
Joined: Nov 13, 2005
HYE..dawson you should have started a new thread... why here.. anyway congrats!!! whats next..and about your experience.?
Joined: Aug 25, 2005
SCJD (in progress - URLybird 1.2.1)
Thats the next one on my list. I almost completed the project but I am not entirely satisfied with it, so I am gonna redo it from scratch.
I passed SCBCD with 98%. When I started I had no information of EJB. Not even plain Java Beans. I chewed "Head First book (by kathy and bert)" and glossed over few pages of "EJB 2.0 specification document", if and only if they were mentioned in this book.
Also I would like to highlight a website "ejbcertificate.com". From preparation to examination it took me straight 3 weeks. This book rocks!
I am now on my way to SCWCD!(Only beacuse Head First have published a book for this certification)
Govinda Attal, SCBCD(98%), SCJP(95%).
Off the path / No Dumb Questions Q. Why Head First wallahs have not yet come up with a book for SCDJWS? Ans. Don't Know :-(