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SCBCD 5 or SCBCD 6.. Please suggest

 
Raja Pam
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Hi,

I've done my SCJP/SCWCD and now planning to write SCBCD and SCEA.

Can anyone suggest which version i need to prepare for SCBCD. (SCBCD 5 or SCBCD 6).

My preparation may take 3 to 4 months to complete SCBCD and later 8 to 10 months to complete SCEA considering my busy schedule.

My worry is if i start preparing for SCBCD 5 by the time i give my attempt version 5 may be ruled out and 6 may come...

Please suggest which version do i need to proceed considering my time for preparation.

Regards,
Raja
 
Mikalai Zaikin
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Hello,

I have answered the same question recently here....

In case you aimed to SCEA 5 exam, better choice would be SCBCD 5.

Yes, there is a problem that SCBCD 5 may be retired before you complete it (you should contact Oracle OCP team to make sure exam exists for a while).

On the other side: SCBCD 5 covers both traditional EJB (session, MDB) + JPA, while SCBCD 6 covers only traditional EJBs. For JPA you should take different test.

SCEA 5 was released when JEE6 did not exist, so you are safe if you use only JEE5 knowledge.

Note: you don't have to take SCBCD in order to take SCEA. On SCEA yo won't see any line of code or XML config, all what you need - just high level understanding how container/components work, when to apply which type of components and their advantages/drawbacks.

Note 2: SCBCD 6 and JPA exams don't have detailed objectives, like old good Sun exams had, so preparation would be a little be harder (at least until we have enough feedbacks from people who took the JEE6 tests).

Good luck,
MZ
 
Jackie Li
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thanks MZ, both your answers here and your notes help.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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