File APIs for Java Developers
Manipulate DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF and many others from your application.
The moose likes EJB Certification (SCBCD/OCPJBCD) and the fly likes Head First EJB Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Certification » EJB Certification (SCBCD/OCPJBCD)
Bookmark "Head First EJB" Watch "Head First EJB" New topic

Head First EJB

janne jounivich
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 11, 2005
Posts: 45
Hi guys,

It is time for the next certification (passed the SCWCD 1.4 in June) after a short "summer" break.

Just today I made a decision and commitment that the next certification would be SCBCD x.x. I managed to purchase the Head First EJB by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates and everything seemed to be ok till the moment I started to go thru ejb certification related topics. To be honest I now find it a bit of confusing and am wondering whether the book I bought was the right choice for the SCBCD 5.0 exam (which exam is what I am planning to take)?

Please clarify me what are meant with the terms ejb 2.0, 2.1, ejb 3.0 and SCBCD 5.0


Mikalai Zaikin
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jun 04, 2002
Posts: 3322
  • EJB 2.0 (NOT 2.1 !) ==> SCBCD 1.3
  • EJB 3.0 ==> SCBCD 5.0

  • Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6 Web Services Developer Certified Expert Exam Study Guide and Quiz
    Exam 1Z0-810: Upgrade to Java SE 8 Programmer Study Guide and Quiz
    janne jounivich
    Ranch Hand

    Joined: Jan 11, 2005
    Posts: 45
    Thanks, Michael for your comments!

    I am still wondering, pondering how much Head First EJB
    actually covers EJB 3.0 related topics

    Having as my goal to pass SCBCD 5.0 exam, can I
    be confident that this one book is enough or is another
    "opus" beside the Head First EJB needed, required?

    Thanks in advance,
    Theodore Casser
    Ranch Hand

    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 1902

    The current Head First EJB book does not cover EJB 3.0, but rather 2.0 (which was the 'state of the art' when the book came out in 2003). So to put it briefly, it's not going to help you with preparing for the SCBCD 5 exam.

    However, the final version of the SCBCD 5 exam won't be out until March at the earliest, so you have some time to use other sources and tutorials to teach yourself EJB 3.0, before the exam is ready to go.

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

    Joined: Oct 14, 2002
    Posts: 8898
    Hi Janne,

    Theodore is correct - our HF EJB is for the current exam, but it won't provide complete coverage for the new exam that is currently in beta. (The book might cover about half of what you need to know for the new EJB 3.0 exam.)

    But... Make sure you have a good reason for wanting to do the EJB 3.0 exam vs. the old EJB exam. It's not a no-brainer decision! The "old" exam will be valid for the next several years because many container vendors and end users will be using EJB 2.x for a long time.

    And, it's important to realize that passing the new exam will NOT qualify you to work in an EJB 2.x environment - you really have to consider the environment in which you'll be working.



    Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
    (If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
    amit taneja
    Ranch Hand

    Joined: Mar 14, 2003
    Posts: 812
    hi bert,
    how are you and kethy. well me is big fan you both,
    can you kindly tell me , when your HF book for ejb 3.0 will be realeasing. ?

    and whats your plan about that ?

    kindly reply

    Thanks and Regards, Amit Taneja
    janne jounivich
    Ranch Hand

    Joined: Jan 11, 2005
    Posts: 45
    I see. Thank you for the info.
    I agree. Here's the link:
    subject: Head First EJB
    It's not a secret anymore!