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Spec reading really required to pass ???

 
Johan Vandevenne
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Hello,
I'm reading HFE at the moment because I'm preparing for the SCBCD exam. I just want to know if it is really necessary to read the spec to pass the exam ?
I admit, I don't feel like reading it after reading HFE, the specs are just too boring
Johan
 
Yi Meng
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not necessarily, but you know that spec is the bible.....
yet, even you do not read the spec thoroughly, you will have to refer to it from time to time when you do mock exam.
 
Philippe Maquet
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Hi Johan,
I agree with Yi. I didn't read them completely, only chunks from it when I felt I needed to complete my understanding of a specific point.
Best,
Phil.
 
Matt Gaunt
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Hi guys,
Where do I find the spec please?
Best Regards
Matt Gaunt
 
Vishwa Kumba
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Originally posted by Matt Gaunt:
Where do I find the spec please?

http://java.sun.com/products/ejb/docs.html#specs
Reading the spec is purely a personal choice.I am sure there are lots of good Java programmers out there like me who have not read or even heard about the JLS(Java Language Spec)...
It is good to get used to reading the spec. As soon as a new EJB release comes out, the spec at the Sun's site tends to be the only source of information. Books on the latest version of the technology take their own sweet time to come out in the market...
For example: Kathy & Bert's EJB book. It came out almost after 2 years, the specs came out...Just kidding
 
Kathy Sierra
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Howdy,
I agree with everyone's comments... you do not need to read the spec in order to prepare for the exam, but you should have it as a reference, and the spec is always The Final Word on any topic that is on the exam. The teams who create the spec do *not* really believe that the specifications are for developers to read, but rather are written for vendors who will implement the specification. But Vish is right--usually the spec comes out LONG before any other reference guide or learning book that explains it, so you are often stuck with nothing but the spec to refer to. Fortunately, the EJB spec is actually more readable than most. The new Servlets and JSP specs, for example, are not as developer-friendly, but again--the spec is written for vendors.
Of course, Bert and I think it's great if people read the specs... especially the really boring and tedious ones... because it makes our books seem better in comparison
cheers,
Kathy
p.s. I will be out of town, in San Francisco, for one week starting this afternoon, and may not have more than one chance to check javaranch. I will be back on the 10th! But y'all look like you're doing a great job of helping each other out. There are plenty of developers here who know a LOT about EJB and can answer the questions.
See you all soon...
 
Johan Vandevenne
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Ok, thnx all for replying...
I think I will use the spec as a reference indeed if things are a little unclear to me.
I don't like reading the spec after HFE because I will miss the pictures and all he things which make HFE such a nice peace of work to read.
Great job Kathy and Bert...
Johan
 
Nick Bauman
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I'm only on page 80 in HFEJB and I'm finding that reading the spec is unavoidable for questions like "What features must an EJB 2.0 compliant container have?".
 
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