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Rahul Mahindrakar
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Hi,
I have created this post so that latest news on BEA can be posted over here.
This post will be referenced in a links page being developed over here
http://test.javaranch.com/rahul/BEA.htm
 
Cindy Glass
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Great Job!!
 
Al Newman
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Ben Sullivan asked:
Sorry - Alfred, forgot to ask as well......
Can you recommend a resource for the Weblogic Certification - I was going to go for "J2EE Applications and BEA WebLogic Server", Girdley et al.


My first Weblogic book. The nostalgia. Sigh.....
Run, don't walk, in the other direction. Don't buy it unless you want to fix all the examples for them. Not a bad explanation of EJB's, but none of the examples work. Major troubleshooting.
There are two good books for getting into Weblogic out there, IMHO.
Teach Yourself EJB in 21 Days
Not the most brilliant explanation but most of the examples work out of the box (and all the important ones do). They cover both Weblogic 7.0 and JBoss 3.0 deployments, though I haven't tried the latter yet.
Be careful with the 21 days series. Do not purchase the Teach Yourself BEA Weblogic 7.0 in 21 days title. Sloppy.
My favorite single book for Weblogic 6.1 was the first edition of this one:
BEA Weblogic Server Bible,
which has just come out in the second edition (Weblogic 7.0). I had a look at it in Foyles Bookstore today and it looks better than the First Ed. I'm eagerly awaiting my Amazon.co.uk shipment.
For the certification exam you will need to know about Weblogic Workshop (web services deployment gui) and know your way around MBeans (JMX). The Bible 2nd ed covers Weblogic Workshop I think. I'm not sure about MBeans, though. O'Reilly has a good JMX book. You also need to know the command line administration utilities, but the Bible 2nd ed has decent coverage of this. That and the BEA website (www.bea.com).
Look around there for the developers program for the free download, BTW.
 
Chris Mathews
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Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:
For the certification exam you will need to know about Weblogic Workshop (web services deployment gui) and know your way around MBeans (JMX).

Actually, the WebLogic Certification does not cover WebLogic Workshop and the questions on JMX are extremely basic.
 
Al Newman
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Chris wrote:
Actually, the WebLogic Certification does not cover WebLogic Workshop and the questions on JMX are extremely basic.

I'm willing to take your word on this, Chris. Where I have been getting my info is from the Whizlabs simulation of the Weblogic 7.0 exam. There are quite a few questions on the simulation on integration of Web Services and EJB and also on Web Service hosting on Weblogic. And, I believe, a few on Weblogic Workshop. The simulator may be misleading here.
The JMX stuff is basic. JTA seems quite important.
 
Chris Mathews
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Here is a link to the test objectives. That is the best information to go off of.
You may also want to check out the WebLogic 7 study guide.
 
Rahul Mahindrakar
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And, I believe, a few on Weblogic Workshop

I dont think so. The syllabus for Weblogic 7.0 certification rules out weblogic workshop and I dont think that Whizlabs has any questions pertaining to this.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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