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When do I know I can face the SCEA?

Antonio Fornie
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Joined: Aug 07, 2008
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I want to get the SCEA but I don't know if it's too soon for me. I've studied a lot about design patterns and UML. But I don't know too much about JSF and EJB yet. Anyway, I may not have enough experience as a JEE developer (5 years). It depends on how dificult the exams are.

How can I know if it's the time for me to go for it? When is it the right moment for a Java developer? Is it enough to study books or there's nothing to do until you are a very experienced developer?

Thank you very much.


I feel there must be far better ways to do what I do... that makes learning even funnier
Sanjiv Joseph Chinnappan

Joined: Apr 11, 2009
Posts: 10
I think 5 years is very good exp to start preparing for this exam, I would say go for it..

-Sanjiv Joseph

himanjim sharma

Joined: Apr 14, 2009
Posts: 2
Hi Sanjeev,
I'm having 10 months of professional experience. I've cleared SCJP and SCWCD with good score . Do you think it's right time for starting preparing? I think I should start from reading Mastering EJB by Ed Roman.
Antonio Fornie
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That's exactly what I meant. It seems somebody who studies the topics can pass the exam even though he's got little real experience. That's true for SCJP and SWCP. But what about SCEA? Could I pass the exam just studying even if my experience wasn't enough to say I'm an architect or even when I haven't got much experience in EJBs or JSF?

Thank you very much.

And, Himanjim, congratulations for your certifications Hope we both pass the SCEA soon ;)
Hong Anderson
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Basically, becoming an software architect is not only about technology, fundamentally you need to know how to analysis, how to design.
After that you need to have thorough knowledge about Java EE technology to design software using Java EE technology such as Servlet/JSP, JSF, EJB, Java Web Services, RMI, JMS.

I think SCEA doesn't include every skill of software architect, it focuses much on design part, but just a little bit on analysis part, the exams already provide Use Cases, but actually it's architect's job to write Use Cases.

SCJA 1.0, SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 5.0, SCEA 5, SCBCD 5; OCUP - Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced; IBM Certified Solution Designer - OOAD, vUML 2; SpringSource Certified Spring Professional
Billy Tsai
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when you are ready to face your inner deamons and worst nightmares

BEA 8.1 Certified Administrator, IBM Certified Solution Developer For XML 1.1 and Related Technologies, SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCDJWS, SCJD, SCEA,
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Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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You are ready right around the time you start to wonder if you are ready.

Take the test!

If you are ready, you'll pass it, and you won't waste any more time wondering and over-preparing. If you are not ready, the exam will let you know the areas you need to concentrate and help you focus.

Everyone worries about not passing on the first time. I always suggest people take it early, even if they don't feel 100% about it. It's a great learning experience. And sometimes, people really surprise themselves!

Good luck.

-Cameron McKenzie
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