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Is the JPA Spec needed for the exam ?

Martin Petransky
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Joined: Jul 30, 2010
Posts: 15

Hi guys,

I would like to ask if the specification is really needed for the exam, if the book (Pro JPA 2) is not enough. If the spec is needed, which chapters in particular are not covered in the book ?

My background: 2 years experience with JPA but I feel comfortable in that matter.

Thank you very much!


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Paul Anilprem
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The book is sufficient only to understand the concepts in general. But the exam goes deep in the technical details. So what we suggest is first go through a book so that you can learn the concepts, then start with a mock exam so that you will know what kind of details you are expected to know, and then fill your gaps from the specification. Finally, follow it up with more mock exams.

HTH,
Paul.


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Martin Petransky
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Joined: Jul 30, 2010
Posts: 15

Hi Paul,

thank you for your answer, it really looks like a good plan, will definitely do as you suggest it. I've already bought your tests few days ago, so it all fits together.

Thanks again,
Martin.
Rajeish Mittal
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Joined: May 24, 2012
Posts: 36

JPA Spec is very much required. It's the basis for the JPA exam. The spec is definitive. The book explains how the logic works, but Spec defines what should the logic be!


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Nakataa Kokuyo
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Sorry friend, new to this, may i know which spec you guys are mentioning?
Rajeish Mittal
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It's their in ScbcdLinks. http://jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/final/jsr317/index.html ..... http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/jcp/persistence-2.0-fr-eval-oth-JSpec/persistence-2_0-final-javadocs.zip
Nakataa Kokuyo
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Thanks Rajeish Mittal
Maxim Shapovalov
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Joined: Dec 24, 2012
Posts: 1
Hello, everyone!

I've just passed JPA exam with 96% and, in my opinion, the Specification is not necessary for it if your only goal is just to pass the test. Pro JPA 2 + Enthuware mock tests are more than enough.

But, of cause, if you want to understand the JPA better, Spec is obviously a must.
 
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