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James Turner
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Hi guys,

I have just started studying for the SCEA certification, I would like to ask if the book:

Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (published by Osborne)

Is the best book for studying for this exam.

Thank you for your comments.

Regards,
James.
 
Dan Drillich
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James,

Very controversial book.

I love the Java code examples there for the GoF design patterns, but the book is full of mistakes and sometimes very hard to read. Please don't make it your primary book. I really regret that I relied on it for too long. It's also very hard when the publishing house makes no attempt to support it - errata page, questions, etc.

On the other hand there are some outstanding books out there, such as:

Java Server Programming, J2EE Edition
Design Patterns � GoF
HTTP Essentials
Cade's book
UML Distilled
Core J2EE Patterns (for second part)

-- Dan
 
James Turner
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Thank you Dan,

Much appreciated.

I have found the SCEA Study Guide quite difficult to read also.

Thank you for the reply.

James.
 
Terry McKee
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Just an FYI:

I happen to know someone that used to work at McGraw-Hill Irwin. Their group worked closely with Osborne. Over the past few years, Osborne and Irwin staff have vanished through reorganizations and such. Their management staff is really poor. It's no wonder that the books are riddled with errors. I always think twice before buying a book from McGraw-Hill.

Nevertheless, I do have the book you are referring too. Though there are many errors, I found it fairly easy to still understand the topics being discussed.

Let me also mention, that the best resource to use for the first part of the exam is the J2EE specification itself. Make sure you spend some time going over the spec!
[ August 09, 2005: Message edited by: Terry McKee ]
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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