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SCBCD 5 Study

Chetan Raju
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Joined: Aug 02, 2006
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Hi all,

After much thought I have decided on giving SCBCD 5 examination. 1st because I do not have any prior experience working on EJBs so start with the latest and 2nd to keep up with the latest.

But, there is no HF series for EJB 3.0 (SCWCD 5) which is a bit sad
I have zeroed in on three books which seems to be the best found in this forum as well as other sources for EJB 3.0

1. Pro EJB3 Java Persistence API
2. Mastering EJB 3.0 4th Edition
3. OReilly Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 5th Edition

Can you people suggest from your experiences which one of the books is the best to pass the exam with decent score. I have around 2 months preparation time and would not like to refer to many books. One or at the max 2 books.

Chetan Raju
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any suggestions ?
Andor Nemeth

Joined: Jul 06, 2007
Posts: 16
First look at some web pages with BASIC information just to have some feeling! Try this one for example:

You'll have some feelings and you'll see something that also WORKS in practice.

Then, start with this book: "Pro EJB3 Java Persistence API"
Read this one carefully, make notes. This is a VERY GOOD book. It won't cover everything for the exam, but start with this one! It will help your understanding a lot!

After this one I would go for "OReilly Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 5th Edition". At this level you should write also your own EJBs, Interceptors etc.

After this, use Mikalai Zaikin's study guide ( ) to cover the rest what is missing from the books above! Of course, search engines are also your friends!

At least, this is the plan I follow.

Good luck!

SCJP 5<br />SCBCD 5 (next target)
Camilo Morales
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Joined: Jul 14, 2007
Posts: 92
O'Reillys and Mikalai Zaikin study guide are the best for preparing the exam. Pro Java Persistance is an excellent book but it covers only one part of the exam.

Refer to this threads:

Camilo Morales,

Camilo Morales<br />SCJP 5, SCBCD 5
Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
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I agree with Camilo concerning Pro EJB3 Java Persistence API. It covers only persistence, so I'm not sure you should start with it. O'Reilly's EJB3 might be a better start.

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Tony McClay
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Joined: May 22, 2003
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I recently passed the Sun Certified Web Business Component Developer for the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 (CX-310-091) exam, this week.

I can tell you from experience, the java persistence Book is the best book that I have seen to focus on the Persistence Architecture (JPA), but not nearly enough for the test.

You may not like this, but the best resource(Study book) is the actual specification. JCP - EJB 3.0 Specification

It's a tougher read than the books which coach you through the issues, but none of the book are as complete as the specification.

I suggest any of those books as a warm-up for the topic, than reading the specification. That way it is not as dry, and more of a review to solidify your understanding of the topic.

-Trust me, I am pretty sure the exam creators were aware of some of these books, and some of the questions the answers are only found from the specification.

Best of luck


Tony McClay<br />Architect / Developer, SOA and Jave Enterprise Edition 1-5<br />---------------------------------------------------------------------- <br />Sun Certified Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Edition 5 (Step 1 of 3)<br />Sun Certified Web Component Developer, Enterprise Edition 4<br />Sun Certified Business Component Developer Enterprise Edition 5<br />Sun Certified Programmer , Standard Edition 5.0
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