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Books for OCMJEA

Hieu Phan

Joined: Oct 22, 2011
Posts: 2
Hi everyone

I'm plan on beginning the OCMJEA certification. I have 6 years experince as a software devoper/architect and have professional experiences with UML, EJB 3.0, JSP, Servlets, SOAP services and Application servers such as Tomcat, JBOSS adn Websphere. I have found the following books relevant for me to read in order to pass the first exam:

Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java EE Study Guide (2nd Edition)
UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (3rd Edition)
Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies (2nd Edition)

I plan on buying them all on Kinddle so that i have it all on my ipad - any experiences here? I would really like to get som oppinions on my book choices based on your guys experinces. Are they relevant? Are any of them outdated? Do you know any better alternatives? Are there some areas where I might need an extra book? The more technical parts og J2EE technologies I plan on fetching from online resources - do you find that sufficient?

I'm looking forward to some feedback from experienced architects ;) Thanks in advance!


Sadanandam Kurapati
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Joined: Sep 09, 2011
Posts: 78

Hi Hieu,

I recommend to add another book to your list as it is major part of the certification objectives. The book name is "Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software - by GOF". I also listed out some of the internet articles which will be good. Please check my post here

All the best for your preparation and certifications.

- Sadanand Kurapati

Marius Cimpean

Joined: Sep 05, 2011
Posts: 12
For me the most helpful/valuable documentations and tools for preparation (especially for part 1) were the Wizlabs tests and the Mark Cade & Humphrey Sheil ‘s book (second edition). Also, there are many other mock test you can find from this forum.
Other books I have read:
Pro EJB 3 Java Persistence API – Mike Keith and Merrick Schincariol
Core J2EE Patterns – Best Practices and Design Strategies - Alur, Crupi, Malks
Prentice Hall PTR - Core JavaServer Faces, Second Edition
Prentice.Hall – SOA Using Java Web Services - May.2007
SCEA for Java EE – Study Guide – Paul R. Allen, Joseph J. Bambara (Only related to Design Patterns)
Java EE 5 Tutorial
JSR specifications

Cathal Mullan
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Joined: May 20, 2011
Posts: 119
Hey Hieu,

do you know there is a mandatory class requirement that you must attend now? It's fairly expensive & you have to pay for the tests on top too,

Hieu Phan

Joined: Oct 22, 2011
Posts: 2
Thanks for the feedback - I'll start buiyng some books now

Cathal: Yes I know there is a mandatory course, which I think is just a money decision by Oracle. My company will pay for it, so I'm lucky

Cathal Mullan
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Joined: May 20, 2011
Posts: 119
You must work for a good company
Amritendu De
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 188

A new book coming:

Senior Architect (SCEA 5, TOGAF 9, IBM OOAD, PMI certified)
[Spring, Hibernate, Data Modeling, REST and TDD:Agile Java Design and Development] [OCMJEA Practice Guide] [OCA Java SE-7 and SE-6 Practice Exams]
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