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Challenge: one week crash course

Ramon Nogueira

Joined: Sep 07, 2010
Posts: 3
I decided to test the theory that "work expands to fill the time given" ([url=]Parkinson's Law[/url]) and give myself as little time as feasible to complete my preparation for this exam. My appointment is in exactly one week and I started preparing yesterday. I have a lot of experience designing web-centric applications but not that much in the way of EJB. My goal is to pass, not get a high score. Any ideas for what I should concentrate on - what will get me the most bang for my buck (by which I mean time, I don't care if I have to spend money)? What are the best, most condensed and focussed resources I could use as a "crash course"? I promise to post my results back here (pass or fail) together with a review of what helped and what didn't.
Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out!
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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Welcome to JavaRanch! I blogged what I did. I did not pay for the mock exams. If you are in a hurry, that may be worth doing.

How was your score on the sample questions. If already passing, you'll probably be ok.

I think the most useful thing I did was read the Study Guide book

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David L Wilson

Joined: Feb 01, 2004
Posts: 6
I did the same thing. I gave myself two weeks, although I didn't really start until the last week. The Cade book was very helpful. I have about the same background as yourself. The real-world experience was very relevant. Good luck.
Ramon Nogueira

Joined: Sep 07, 2010
Posts: 3
OK, well I think this strategy worked and I think saved me a whole bunch of time-wasting. I passed the exam with 93%. Here are the resources I used:

  • Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for JavaTM EE Study Guide (Second Edition) - Mark Cade and Humphrey Sheil

  • I used this as the basis for most of my reading. The questions at the end of each chapter do not cover much of the material and are actually easier than the exam (I found).

  • I used Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software - Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides for the design patterns as I found their explanations much better than the ones in the Study Guide and I already had the book. There are plenty of good online references for this too I'm sure.

  • For the Core J2EE patterns I used the official website for the book (not the Sun website, which only has the first edition patterns) -

  • I used these online notes extensively:


  • This covers most of the exam and if quite punchy. It doesn't cover some of the technical areas like messaging and integration.


  • More complete and very condensed but a bit sparse and ambiguous in places.

    Big thank you to the authors of both.

    I didn't use any mock exams except for the Sun example questions. There were more "technical" questions than I expected but they were fairly high-level and I managed to answer most even in areas where I don't have much practical experience.
    deepak adlakha
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    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 325
    Congrats and thanks for sharing your experience.
    I agree. Here's the link:
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    It's not a secret anymore!