Read the Mark Cade, Humphrey Sheil book,nice book clear and concise.
Read HeadFirstDesign Patterns to get a visual feel.
Went through 23 GoF patterns in nearly 100 hrs(4 hrs per day per pattern for around 25 days).
Went through 25+ Core J2EE patterns in nearly 100 hrs(4 hrs per day for around another 25 days).
Able to read easily though Core J2EE patterns beacuse of my experience in the JEE projects.
went through the Adam Bien Book,to get a feel,nice book wonderful explanation of which sssset of patterns fits JEE5 and is not.(40 hrs).
Read JSF in Actiion(60 hrs jst skimmend through,newbie in this framewrk but able to hit the sweet spots of JSF).
Read EJB3 in Action(16 hrs 2 days,I had a nice grip on EJB's before).
Read SOA CookBook(nice book, readability is good).(16 hrs)
Read Java Message Service Richard Monson-Haefel and David A. Chappell.(read long time back around 80 hrs)
Read J2EE Connector Architecture and Enterprise Application Integration by Rahul Sharma, Beth Stearns and Tony Ng(around 24 hrs tough read this,u can't runaway
with this this)
Read UML Distilled Martin Fowler.(jst skimmed through once)
Read 3-4 Books on security to get the concepts really clear!!
Java Security by Scott Oaks.
Read MZ's book,very nice on security topic to get the concepts clear,thanks MZ.
Java EE 5 Tutorial(skimmed though a few chapters).
Did the free javachamp Mocks and brought whizlab mocks.scored an averege of 70% in mocks.
Does not have a high level confidence to pass the exam because of heavy studies and preparation and expected level of toughness,
but one of my friend buzzed me up on Sunday night and told me a voucher is there
expiring in 3 days,so to give a try wat may .Decided up on it on to write it but on tuesday evening decided
against it I didnt chked the email to know whether I will be able to write the exam with old promertic voucher with pearson.
I had lunch in wednesday noon and somehow I chked email my mobile to find that I can write exam with old voucher.
I called up my friend but he was with his junior to write the SCJP exam with the same voucher .But the fellow didnt have
a pearson account, but I have an account created 2 days back .In the end I made a decision to write the exam wat may ,with the voucher
gonna expire in few hours.skipped a session @ office to give a try around 5 pm evening.
I was nervous in the beginning of the exam but able to cope up well with the level of toughness.
I was surprised with 90% score on exam and am really happy to be able to get Around the SCEA part-1 in 160 active days(50+80+30).
Time to start preparing afresh for part2 and 3 in a week or so.
Taking this time to thank Kathy Sierra and BertBates to attract myself into the a OO career in world of Java through HeadFirstJava.
Thanks to javaranch also in helping to mould a career.