Don't you think that Head First Design Patterns pre-requires knowledge of J2EE ( JSP , Servlet )
No, definitely not, the book explains very well what the original gang of 4 patterns are and give indications of how to implement the prescribed design. It does not require J2EE knowledge.
The book is not enough though for IBM-486, because you will need to study in detail UML, for which you need the other two books I mentioned. 'UML distilled' for UML the diagramming techniques and 'Applying UML and patters' for the iterative development process.
Personally HF Design Patterns would make studying easier, because the Larman book is a good but quite dry book, but you definitely need it since it covers a broad range of topics you will see in the exam.
As you mentioned & almost all OOAD cirtified persons also mentioned in object by design forum this 2 book : 1] UML distilled book - Fowlers 2] Applying UML & Patterns - Larman
But as I have to take all 3 IBM cirtificate ( 486, 348 & 141 ) before 30th June . So I can't spend more than 1 month for 486 . My simple question is : which book for OOAD is as good as Kathy & Bert book for SCJP .
If I were you, I will purchase the following three books (in priority),
1: UML Distilled By Martin Fowler. 2: Applying UML & Patterns By Craig Larman. 3: HFDP.
Join OOAD Groups like, www.objectsbydesign.com, JR Forum for UML and OOAD also the Yahoo group mentioned above. The real crux is your in-depth research on OOAD and applying patterns while using UML, thus IBM 486 certified!
Bye, Viki. IBM OOAD-UML certified.
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