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Need help in Choosing EJB3.1 book

narain ashwin
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Hello all,
So after reading the threads in this forum I think I have figured out that I should appear for OCE-JEE6-EJB (EJB 3.1 version sans JPA) . The SCBD link here in Javaranch lists the resources for preparation. I am having trouble on deciding whether to buy the O'Reilly EJB 3.1 sixth edition or EJB 3.1 Cookbook, both of them have bad reviews on Amazon. So folks who have already cleared the certification please let me know the pros and cons of them and possibly suggest which one to buy.

Also here is my certification plan,
1. Study one of the above listed EJB 3.1 books
2. Study the EJB 3.1 Specifications
3. Study Ivan Krizsan's notes
4. Buy either Enthuware or ePractize labs exam
5. Appear and clear the certification ( Hopefully )

Please let me know If I am missing something in my plan. Thanks in advance.

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Ivan Krizsan
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I haven't read either of the books you are asking about, but a feeling is that a cookbook will be more useful when you are at work.
For a certification you need more even coverage of the subjects the certification encompasses.
Good luck!

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Jaikiran Pai

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Although the O'Reilly EJB 3.1 book covers the EJB3.1 concepts, it's definitely not certification oriented.

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Ivan Krizsan
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Jaikiran Pai wrote:Although the O'Reilly EJB 3.1 book covers the EJB3.1 concepts, it's definitely not certification oriented.

Neither are the EJB specification documents, but I would recommend them regardless.
Best wishes!
Hebert Coelho
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I did not find any book focused in the EJB certifications. =/ You will have to study by any good book, like the one the other fellows listed above, and try some tests. =/

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Bell Katapa
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Joined: Jan 06, 2012
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Hello all. It appears Narain's question has not been answered here. I have the same same question also. Folks out there who've certified in ejb 3.1 what books did you study as primary guides towards your certification? I am pretty sure you had one primary study guide like K&B is to ocpjp6. Personally i have 3 books in my possession
1. ejb 3.1 cookbook by richard m. reese
2. ejb 3 in action by debu panda, reza rahman and derek lane
3. head first ejb by cathy sierra & bert bates

Now, i understand head first ejb was based on ejb 2.x specification which by what i read everywhere has been criticized heavily for being painfully complex. For that reason i completely avoid this book, not even reading the preface!
ejb 3.1 cookbook doesn't explain fundamental concepts at all but goes straight into code with implied assumptions. I am a fun of theoretical grounding and prefer that concepts get explained 1st with enough real world illustrations so that i know what, why and how things get done a particular way. The cookbook doesn't do a good job at this. As a result you have to read theory grounding elsewhere and then come back to it for hands-on recipes
Ejb 3 in action is my favorite right now. It takes you from the genesis of concepts with enough references to detailed materials for those who want to explore further a particular topic of interest. It also does a great job in illustrating concepts with real life scenarios which goes a long way in contextualizing code examples.

The question i have is whether ejb 3 in action is sufficient enough to successfully launch a certification bid for OCE BCD Java EE 6 exam?? Are there other bright materials out there that will effectively culture and toughen you up for the exam while retaining simplicity and comprehensiveness in expounding ejb 3.1 concepts??

Please somebody successfully certified in BCD ejb 3.1 explain in black and white! We will be eternally greatful,

Paul Anilprem
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The specification is your best "book" for this certification. I am not sure why people do not consider them as books . They are so well written, easy to understand, and free! Another bonus is that lot of questions in the exam are straight from the specification.

If you have trouble understanding any concept presented in the specification, you can always refer to any book that covers it.

But try them out, you may not really need any other book.


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Bell Katapa
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Thanks for reply Paul.

Just download the ejb 3.1 specification at
Right away from here i am going to bury my head into it.

Thanks once again!
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