This morning I passed the SCBCD with 97%, a result which I am very satisfied of.
I wanted to finish this exam already like two years ago, but always pushed it forward up until the day that my voucher would expire. Which would have been in some days. So I knew what to do on christmas holidays
Anyway, prior to the exam I had some (practical) knowledge on EJB, but mainy session beans. For exam preparation I used the following resources:
- HFEJB - which is, all in all, a good book for grasping all concepts, but it also leaves some room for improvement. I hope a second edition will be published in the future as the errata is quite long by now. What also should be incorporated into a possible next edition are the answers to the "Sharpen your pencil" questions...yes, I know that they can be downloaded but as far as I remember the PDFs that can be downloaded do not contain all the questions that are present in the book. What could also be improved are the mock exams for the single chapters as there often are questions touching topics that are first introduced in the chapters that will follow - which is quiet annoying when you read the book for the first time and read it chapter by chapter
- the tutorial from developerworks, which is a good summary of all objectives, even though there are some minor errors in it
- Milkalai Zalkin notes, which are very good. As somebody already said, this is what you might want to read if you want a very deep level of details without wanting to go through the spec. Yet, if you do not have any previous knowledge of EJB, this tutorial might not be a good point to start. Read HFEJB first before jumping into this one
- I had some readings in the specification as well, but just on some selected chapters
In all the mock exams I did I never scored as high as on the final one - but this might be due to the fact that you are not as concentrated at home compared to when you do "the real thing". On SCJP I also had a score I never reached in the mocks.
To sum it up - the real certification is not easy, you will have to be very familiar with EJB concepts in detail, but there are resources which will help you getting that level of knowledge.
Now that I have SCJP, SCJD and SCBCD I am thinking about moving to OMG�s UML certification or some IBM certfication...we�ll see.
As I don�t remember from SCJP - how long will it approximately take for Sun to post the result in the certification database?
Though I know only oreillys book in excerpts, as what I have read was really good. But as you dont have any experience in EJB as you said, I would recommend you HFEJB because it covers the concepts well focussing primary on the topics needed for certification. [ January 05, 2006: Message edited by: Frank Malaga ]
Also, thanks for the HFEJB ideas. We're keeping a file of them for when it's time to update the book. For anyone who's waiting for an update however, don't hold your breath! EJB is in such a weird state right now that we are watching and waiting to see what Sun will do before we make any EJB-related plans
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