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Advice on SCBCD 1.3 vs 5.0

Kamal Mettananda
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Hi all,

1. As I know 1.3 goes with ejb2 and 5.0 with ejb3. What is the best choice if I'm going to do the SCBCD exam? Is it 1.3 or 5.0?

2. How about the industry compared to ejb2 vs ejb3?

3. Also are there good resources for SCBCD 5.0? Head First book is for 1.3 I guess?

Thanks.


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Christophe Verré
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1. If you're starting now, I'd recommend you to go for 5.0.
3. There's no exam oriented book yet. Please check the SCBCD Links for resources. And good guess, there's no Head First, and probably will not have one soon.


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Kamal Mettananda
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Thanks Christophe.
Paul Michael
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For SCBCD 1.3

SCBCD Exam Study Kit

Head First EJB

For SCBCD 5.0

Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 (5th Edition)

Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0

Pro EJB 3: Java Persistence API (Pro)

HTH.

The only reason I can think of which will justify taking BCD 1.3 is if you neeeded to support a legacy application which uses EJB 2.1 or lower.

Otherwise, BCD 5 is the way to go...


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Mikalai Zaikin
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Originally posted by Michael Guevara:

The only reason I can think of which will justify taking BCD 1.3 is if you neeeded to support a legacy application which uses EJB 2.1 or lower.

Otherwise, BCD 5 is the way to go...


I agree.

The minor correction: SCBCD 1.3 covers EJB 2.0, not EJB 2.1.



regards,
MZ


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Kamal Mettananda
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Thanks Michael Guevara and Mikalai Zaikin.



Would you be able to recommend one book out of three for 5.0? Or do we have to use all the 3 books in preparation for 5.0.

If so which book covers which parts of the exam?

Any information would help a lot.

Thanks.
Bert Bates
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I'm not so sure that the new exam is the only way to go. When we made the new exam, we decided that it would NOT be a superset of the old exam. In other words passing the new exam doesn't prove that you know old style EJBs!!

So, if your company is using the new style great! But if your company is using the old style EJB then the old exam is still valid. I would guess that the old exam will be around for many years and that many companies will be slow to switch to the new stlyle of EJBs.

Long story short, find out what your company is doing before you decide!


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Paul Michael
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Now you can't get any better advice than that...

Thanks Bert for the tips.

To Kamal: I'm using Oreilly's book solely for BCD 5. In very rare occasions, I also try to consult the free PDF version of Mastering EJB 3.0.

I'll be taking the exam towards the end of January. I'll let you know if the single book I read is already enough.

Good luck!
Kamal Mettananda
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Originally posted by Bert Bates:

Long story short, find out what your company is doing before you decide!


Thanks Bert for the clarification.

I have been using EJB2 in previous company, about 1-2 years ago. But now I'm not using it as my new company is not using EJB at all.

Hard decision to make.

Thanks,
Kamal
Kamal Mettananda
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Originally posted by Paul Michael:
I'll be taking the exam towards the end of January. I'll let you know if the single book I read is already enough.


Michael, all the very best for your exam.

Thanks and keep in touch.

Kamal
 
 
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