I'm just starting in on part II and I have Core J2EEpatterns, Mastering EJBs (Ed Roman) as well as GoF, UML Distilled and the Cade/Roberts book.
A. Anyone have any other good resource recommendations? B. Are there parts of Blueprints that I should concentrate on specifically? C. PetStore is a big application. Do I need to get into it or is there an alternative application that would serve as a good example for part II? D. How have other people gotten started with part II?