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Confused J2EE 1.2 X J2EE 1.4 X JEE 5

 
Andr� Salvati
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Hi,

I'm a lot confused about the spec wich I must study for Part I. In SCEA FAQ i've got:

"Early in 2003 Sun announced a beta exam for J2EE 1.4, however at the time J2EE 1.4 was not finalised, and the beta exam was put on hold until after J2EE 1.4 was finalised - this happened in late 2003, so it is possible that Sun may release the beta for the new exam sometime in 2004."

- Mark Cade has a book covering J2EE 1.4. Has Sun released the beta exam? And the regular exam? Am I supposed to study for EJB 1.1 (It's so old-fashioned!!!)?

- There is a final spec for JEE 5. How much time will Sun spend to release this update?

- Could I use latest specs in Parts II/III ?

Thanks.
 
Theodore Casser
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Well, let's clear up some of the confusion.

* The SCEA Part I still uses Java2 EE 1.2. This means you're studying, yes, EJB 1.1 and the like. There has yet to be a beta for the updated specs (but as was expressed to me at JavaOne's certified folks happy hour last year, only 1% of all Java cert exams are the SCEA, which is why it's not a high priority). Ah, well.
* No one knows when there's going to be an update to Java EE 5. SCBCD is probably next on their list of priorities (hasn't been updated either and is certainly more in high demand), while the SCWCD was updated for 1.4.
* You can use the latest specs in II/III. (Bear in mind that III is an essay assignment based on your work for part II.) The rules state that the requirement is any general-released edition of Java EE technology, which includes 5 - I used 1.4 for my exam and did fine.

Good luck!
 
Andr� Salvati
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Thanks Theodore,

Originally posted by Theodore Casser:
... only 1% of all Java cert exams are the SCEA, ...


This means that just 1% of all Sun Certified Professionals are SCEA? Do you know some data per country?
 
Santiago Urrizola
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i also wondering in data per country, anybody knows argetina Certs ?
 
Theodore Casser
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No one knows how many certified persons there are, or how many people annually take each of the Java exams. (Or, still how many pass, actually.) The quote I have is from one of the Prometric guys, over glasses of wine at 2005's JavaOne, so YMMV with the statistic.
 
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