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Passed SCBCD!

Davide Crudo
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Today, after a little more than 4 months of study, i finally passed SCBCD!

I would like to thank Mikalai Zaikin for his guide... that i've printed and got it binded at the local copy shop... ;)

Some insights about the test and the preparation:

The Test itself:

The test (for me) was easier than the SCJP. The reason is that questions with code were not too long and not too many. Mostly were questions about the theory behind EJB, like roles, methods of EJBcontext and small pieces of code. The terminology was clearer than the one used in Mock tests. I didn't get any questions about JAR packaging and not a single drag and drop question. In addition, no quesitions with "Show the Exibhit" which i hate ;)
I found SJCP more difficult, because there were really long chunks of code and you had to say if it does compile, not compile or which exception...and keep the concentration thru lines of code for 3 hours is really killing..

The Preparation

I always use at least two commercial books (from the ones suggested) and online resources. for this test, i bought:

- EJB in Action
- Enterprise Java Beans 3.0

They are both good books, but i like the O'reailly book a lilttle better. The reason is that already at page 54 you start developing your first bean with a remote client! As a beginner in EJB i found difficult to figure out how the whole works at the beginning... but with practical examples, i got it quickly.
In addition, there is a really nice section at the end with how to set-up JBOSS, and for every chapter, a set of detailed excercises!

EJB in action is a more relaxed reading...just small bits of code, but not really a practical guide. After 200 pages...i still couldn't get anything to test! (you can write the code...compile it...but to get it running and see results is another story). The reason i'm suggesting this book, too, is that some concepts are not well explained in the Oreilly book. In fact, the oreilly book starts well...but after a while, it becomes more like a reference book and important concepts are not explained well. That's why, you can then go and look in the EJB in action book for a clarification.

Mikalai Zaikin's guide was really useful! Thanks! i've used it to review what learned reading it from top to bottom one time, highlighting imporant things, and twice afterwards for review.

Mock Exams

As mock exams, i bought enthuware. It's quite good, even though the final day exam, seems too easy and have mostly short questions.
I didn't buy whizlabs Exams, because I was waiting since end of January for their SCBCD Online Course...they always said to come back later, and come back later, but in the end, they didn't organize it (the training includes mocks, so i wanted to get the package)... I didn't buy uCertify mocks neither, since the first time I've visited the site, the cost was $59, then one week later, they sent me a coupon for a 20% discount...i went back and the price was now $79 ...i've asked infos but still waiting for an answer. In addition, after reading the review on ucertify here, I didn't feel comfortable to buy it.

Now going for the SCWCD certification


Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratulations, Davide !

You're the best !

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Rafal Wasielewski
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SCJP 6.0 (86%), SCWCD 5.0 (92%), SCBCD 5.0 (93%), MCTS(SQL Server 2008)
arulk pillai
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Congrats and keep up the good work.

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Murali Ponnusamy

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Hi ,

Congrats . teech me i am planing to prepare Web component exam. how can i dedicate.

Abhay Agarwal
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From which book did you prepare JPA stuff ? from Oreilly book or from EJB in action book ?

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Krum Bakalsky
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From which book did you prepare JPA stuff ?

Hi, Abhay,

I definitely recommend you "Pro EJB 3: Java Persistence API" by Mike Keith, Merrick Shincariol, Apress.
In my humble opinion, this is the BEST book about JPA 1.0 out there....

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Rafal Wasielewski
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Raj. Sharma
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Congrats David for your Success in SCBCD Certification exam.
We are really sorry that we were not able to provide you Online mock exams on Time.Its our endeavor to help our customers in getting them Certified.
Now we have launched our new version of Online mock exams and a user can use the mock exams by logging in our website with the mail id and password which he has used while registration.

Best Regards,
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Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations Davide!!! Glad to know that our tool was helpful in your preparation.

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Roberto Perillo

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Congrats, champion!

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I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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