Strictly speaking you don't need to take the SCBCD or SCWCD before the SCDJWS. You don't even need the SCJP to take the SCEA.
I'd say the SCBCD is the easiest, followed by the SCWCD - the SCDJWS is harder than either of them because it covers a lot more ground. Having taken the SCBCD and SCWCD there are a few bits that will be easier - however either certification has a lot more material that has no relevance toward the SCDJWS.
SCDJWS J2EE 1.4 covers a little bit of EJB 2.1 Stateless Session Beans and EJB deployment descriptors which the SCBCD J2EE 1.3 would also cover (no idea about SCBCD Java EE 5 EJB 3.0). SCDJWS J2EE 1.4 covers a little bit about the Servlet API 2.4 and servlets deployment descriptors which are also covered in the SCWCD J2EE 1.4.
Moving directly from the SCJP to the SCDJWS can be a bit of a shock as the available preparation materials for the SCDJWS are limited. There is basically no choice and a sizable volume.
Hi Peer, Just wanted to say thanks for your input.
Today I passed SCDJWS with 97% and all that I used to prepare were 1. RMH 2. MZ guide 3. MZ quiz (Thanks a ton MZ, keep up the good work)
I wanted to go through Blue prints too but didnt have enough time to brush it. I feel the only improtant thing from Blue prints which is not in RMH is the web services layers and their demarcation and fuctionaity. Which is sufficiently covered in MZ quiz.
I did try xyzws.com mock but for some reason didnt like it and stopped it with one mock exam and used that time to go through MZ guide and quiz once again.
Hope this info helps for new takers for exam.
One advise I would like to say any one taking this exam is, dont spend too much time as you might feel that the sylabus is exhaustive. And if you finish RMH and MZ that is sufficient. The missing things in RMH like security, JAXB are covered in MZ guide.
Thanks to God ( for giving me question from what I read) , MZ and Peer.
Congratulations Jithu! Great score especially considering your preparation timeframe.
Other candidates would probably like to know how many hours in total you spend on your SCJP and SCDJWS preparations (to get a comparison) and what your pre-existing experience level with Java (for the SCJP) and Java Web Services was.
Jithu, congratulation on your excellent performace in such a short span.
I just have passed scjp. I am too looking for scdjws. But i don't have any working experience on web services. Is it feasible for me to clear this exam? Can you give me your massenger id to seek some more tips. Thanks in Advance.........