When i went through the sun site , the following books were found in the list of SUGGESTED BOOKS
Mark Cade and Simon Roberts. Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide, Third Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002.
Erich Gamma. Design Patterns, Boston: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1995.
Richard Monson-Haefe. Enterprise JavaBeans, O'Reilly and Associates, 2001.
Martin Fowler. UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, Third Edition, Boston: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 2003.
JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER ONE HAS TO BUY ALL THESE BOOKS, OR IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR BOOK WHICH BY ITSELF IS SUFFICIENT . IF YES KINDLY LET ME KNOW THE NAME OF THE BOOK. ELSE LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS SOFT COPY OF ANY OF THE BOOKS MENTIONED . KINDLY REPLY.
The UML and pattern book you simply buy. You don't deserve to be an architect (even not a developer if you ask me) if you do not have these books. This are generic books which are not vendor bound, always useable.
For the EJB book I suggest the free download of 'mastering ejb2(.1)' which you can download from the serverside. Also the ejb2(.1) spec is really clear and helpfull (can be download free from the sun site)
The mark cade book is very thin and it only gives you a brief insight of the topics covered. I would not advice you to spend money on it, unless money is not an issue, order it as well since its easy and fast to read and it gives you clear vision of what is expected from you. I also suggest to get the 'Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE' from Paul Allen and Joseph Bambara.
My strategy was reading the mark cade book and for every subject that was new to me or I did not understand I used the uml/ejb/pattern/paul allen book to clearify the matter.
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