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Prasanna Kannan
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Hi all,

I am Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP 1.4) and currently I'm preparing to take up IBM Test 287. I have just started my preparation with Howard Kushner's certification guide.

Can anybody suggest me what are all the other books to go through before taking up the exam. Will the Head First EJB book will be helpful for this exam? It will be better, if anybody could suggest the number of days required to prepare(at the rate of 2 hrs per day).

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Prasanna.K
 
Jayadev Pulaparty
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It depends on your familiarity with J2EE(Servlets, EJBS) and the WSAD tool. With that skillset in hand, i think it would take around 40 hrs of effort to clear this test.
 
Prasanna Kannan
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Hi Jayadev,

Thanks for your suggestion. I'm familiar with Servlets and JSP, but I'm very much new to EJBs and WSAD tool. Now, will you be able to suggest me an appropriate date to take up the exam? Also, it will be very helpful if you suggest the books or any online materials.

Thanks,
Prasanna.K
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Do a search in this forum, and you will find lots of posts discussed this before.

Nick
 
Prasanna Kannan
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Hi Nick,

Thanks, I searched in this forum and found many discussions regarding this topic. But, I still have a doubt that Head First EJB book will help me for IBM Test 287? Can you please clear this doubt?

Thanks,
Prasanna.K
 
Nicholas Cheung
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I still have a doubt that Head First EJB book will help me for IBM Test 287?

Yes, because IBM 287 not only tests your knowledge on WSAD, but also tests your knowledge on Servlets, JSPs and EJBs.

Nick
 
Prasanna Kannan
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Hi Nick,

Thank you very much for your immediate reply and for clearing my doubt.

Thanks,
Prasanna.K
 
Nobuhiro Watsuki
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Hi,

Yours truly passed test 287 today after reading the Kushner book.
I would not have passed if I hadn't read Head First EJB and to a lesser degree Head First Servlets/JSP (I am also preparing for the SCWCD upgrade exam).
I wouldn't have understood the EJB part of the Kushner book had I not read HF EJB.
Does this make the Kushner book a bad book? Yes it does. It is my humble opinion that it sucks. It maps only partially to the objectives and it reads like a badly translated vcr manual.
Do the Head First books rule? Yes they do.
I already passed test 285 and 286 by reading some redbooks. That helped.
To read HF EJB is more useful for 287 than to read the book edited by K.
Conclusion:
If I had to do it all over again I would have read the HF books and looked up the IBM specific stuff in the redbooks.
Sorry Howard
 
Americo Souza
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Hi

I agree with you. Howard book is useless. I used it as my only source for 287 a couple of months ago and I failed.

Now I changed my approach for IBM certifications. I decided to take 340 before 287 because they have lot of overlapped subjects and unfortunately the only good source available are IBM red books.
 
Nobuhiro Watsuki
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Hey, good to know I am not alone in my opinion. I wonder how it got rave reviews at amazon.
I forgot to mention I read "Enterprise Java Programming with IBM Websphere" by Kyle Brown et al. second edition when preparing for test 286. That book is much better.

What I would do if I was Prasanna : first get the SCWCD and SCBCD certs.

Let us not overestimate the value of websphere certs for developers, it's just a J2EE server, nothing more and nothing less.

For admins the value is probably higher.
[ April 01, 2005: Message edited by: Nobuhiro Watsuki ]
 
Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo
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I just passed 287, i had 2 years of experience using WSAD and used the Howard book for my preparation, here is my impressions:

The Servlets, JSP and EJB chapters of the book are not so good, you need a good experience on these books, as i think you can't trust these chapters for the exam.
The chapters about Profiling, security and Websphere admin are good enough for the exam.
My guess is, Horward used some persons to write the book, some writed really good chapters, some don't.
As Jayadev said, my preparation time was 10 days, usually 3 hours per day

Regards,
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Different people share different ideas on the same thing is quite normal.

Anyway, passing the exam is good enough.

Nick
 
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