I have the sun training books for SL425 and SL500 and although I think they are useful most people who went on the course with me did not feel they got much value out of it. The SL425 book is good for architectural terminology such as robustness, scalability and flexibility and to get an idea of Suns approach to architecture. But you should be able to get these definitions from any other good text on OO and Distributed Software. TOC for SL425 Architect and Architecture - terms and definitions Principles of Architecture Creating an Architecture using J2EE Technology J2EE Best practices - Overview J2EE Best Practices - Web tier J2ee Best Practices - EJB Tier J2ee Best Practices - EIS Tier J2EE best Practices - Services J2EE Patterns UML Quick References Java 2 Platform , Enterprise Edition Infrastructure The web databases and messaging Beans and more beans - beans and EJBs Prototyping with J2ee patterns MegaBank Scenario The table of contents - major sections for SL500 are: Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition Infrastructure The web databases and Messaging JavaBeans and Enterprise Java Beans Class Diagrams Deisgn Patterns Overview Common Design Patterns Applying Patterns Models of CLient Server Architecture The J2EE Blueprints Introducing J2ee Patterns Integration-Tier Patterns Business-Tier Patterns Presentation-Tier Patterns Prototyping with J2EE Patterns Applying J2EE patterns. Check one of the other threads for a recommeded reading list Carl
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