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Paul Yen

Joined: Feb 08, 2004
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Hi All,
After reading so many friends' post, I am still confused where to go. I just finished my SCJD exam. I don't know I should take the SCWCD exam first or the SCBCD exam. I don't have much experience on both, especially EJB. Any suggestion is very welcome. I just started prepare the SCWCD exam.
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Satish Avadhanam
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Hey Paul,
Here are my 2c. There is a new version of SCWCD coming out based on the new J2EE specs, may be you can wait for couple of months and take the new one instead of the present one. In the meantime you can go for SCBCD and complete it.
Hope this helps, thanks.
Ko Ko Naing
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Paul, in my opinion, if I were u and I don't have any XP, then I would go for the SCWCD first... It seems that the contents in SCWCD are closed to us... Web Page Development and Maintenence, which is in Presentation Tier of J2EE, could be easily figured out, instead of EJB, which is in Business Tier... If u have some XP in php or asp, web page development, then I would suggest u to go for the SCWCD first...
But it depends on the individual's interesting...

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Paul Yen

Joined: Feb 08, 2004
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Hi Satish & Ko Ko:
Thanks for your response. That is also my concern. Because I have no idea how easy or difficult that EJB exam will be, I couldn't make a clear decision. Also, the new SCWCD is going to release new version of exam. That really confused me a lot. Anyway, thanks all your help. I will make up my mind soon or later.
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Chris Mathews
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Thanks for joining JavaRanch, but could you take a quick look at the naming policy and edit your profile accordingly. In particular, we require a first name and at the very least a last initial though it is recommended to use your entire name.
Paul Yen

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Hi Chris,
Sorry about that. I have updated my profile. Hope it is ok now.
Jayadev Pulaparty
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I was in similar situation as you, and went for SCWCD.
This is why - it talks about the webTier in the J2EE architecture and i felt that it is the best place to start getting familiar with J2EE. We will see how the EJBs will be used from the webtier by going thru some examples in the learning process. Then if you take SCBCD, as you already know the webTier part of it and how the EJBs are used, it makes more sense and you will learn things in context. Definitely EJBs are relatively much more difficult than JSPs/Servlets. Hence i preferred the top-down approach.
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