This week's giveaway is in the EJB and other Java EE Technologies forum. We're giving away four copies of EJB 3 in Action and have Debu Panda, Reza Rahman, Ryan Cuprak, and Michael Remijan on-line! See this thread for details.
I'm a complete noob when it comes to Java EE and have taken some time off to move into that field of development and am considering studying for and writing the 4 exams offered by Oracle covering the Java EE 6 platform between the programmer and architect exams. But, I'm struggling to find an all-in-one solution to help me prepare for these exams.
I'd like to know how good the coverage of Oracle's self-study course is in preparing for these exams. If you've used this particular course to prepare for these exams, please let me know how helpful it was. Any other helpful resources in getting me into the Java EE 6 loop would also be appreciated.
I have looked at the products you mentioned and note that the trial software does not include any training material taking the student from novice to being proficient in any of the technologies mentioned. It seems to provide practice exams which is not what I am looking for. There is mention of a 'software book' and 'study guide', but I can't seem to find a sample of what is on offer in the trial, so I don't think it would be wise for me to purchase such a product without that information. And the computer voice in the demos are very annoying, so if the entire course consists of instruction in that voice, I'll be put off studying the material altogether.
If you're able to provide me with samples of the study material on offer, I would be prepared to take a fresh look at the products since the price seems to be much more reasonable.