Hello all- I am starting to prepare for the SCBCD exam, and using Head First EJB as a starting point. Looks awesome so far. One point that is made in the book is to not use J2EE 1.4, but I haven't gotten far enough into the book (or my research) to figure out the differences between 1.3 and 1.4 that I need to worry about. See, the problem is I downloaded J2EE 1.4 and started using that before I got this book and I have tried to follow links to get 1.3 installed and I feel like I am wasting precious time if there really isn't too much difference between the two for the purposes of the exam... TO THE POINT: will I be able to get by if I study the 1.3 API documentation, but use the J2EE 1.4 RI & deploytool to do the book examples? And if it is important that I get J2EE 1.3 RI/deploytool/SDK, then do I need something other than the SunOne Studio 7 that it points me to download? I have tried to find links to the RI to no avail. Thanks, and sorry it was long winded! John
I would like to add that going through the book's guide on J2EE RI implementation is really easy... Just going step-by-step... I downloaded the source code from http://www.wickedlysmart.com. I just compiled the source codes and deployed it in J2EE 1.3 application server... I don't see any obstacle throughout the steps in HF... So don't be afraid of going back into J2EE 1.3 RI... It's really easy using HF...
Co-author of SCMAD Exam Guide, Author of JMADPlus SCJP1.2, CCNA, SCWCD1.4, SCBCD1.3, SCMAD1.0, SCJA1.0, SCJP6.0
Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. I am going to put the 1.3 stuff back on. After battling the 1.4 RI because of some subtle nuisances, your advice is really making sense. Great Scripture Ko Ko. John
Originally posted by Valentin Crettaz: I think it is important that you study with the J2EE 1.3 bundle instead of 1.4.
The operative word is "study". The only hands-on is at the beginning of the book, and that's just cookbook stuff; it really does little to enforce the concepts in the exam. If your study plan includes building things and trying things, then sure, download the 1.3 version, but if you're just going to study without doing a lot of tinkering with the RI, then I'd just say download the appropriate documentation and not worry too much about your local machine config. --Dale--
Given that everyone has their own learning style, I can believe that a study-only approach would work for some, but I know that I always learn best by doing in addition to studying..especially when I do it incorrectly the first time (or two) ... and for the purposes of the exam based on J2EE RI 1.3 that would be the one to use IMHO