It sure is a reliable guide and aa helpful one too.I guess u r going on teh same lines as me.Till now i have just been reading HFE to its core,havent seen any of the other guides or even teh specs.
This Link would give the mapping of the topics which are in exams and which topics we haev to choose from teh Specs.
What i infer from teh successful cadidates is,Its a must to read Specs for EJB-QL .and should go through the specs atleast once.
The link given above is a excellent one and it includes all the available CHeat Sheets,Mock exams,Study guides etc etc.its upto us how we make use of it.
SCJP Java 2
IS THAT A RELIABLE GUIDE?
It is, no doubt about it!
Do i have to study the complete EJB specification (670 pages) in order to pass the scwbcd?... i've been stady with Head Fist EJB Book, but i guess that is not enough, somebody can tell me what do i have to study in the spec pages?... thanks
I passed SCBCD in December 2003 and studied with Head First EJB too. Not only the book is pleasant to read and explains complex stuff so clearly, but the additional good news is that it *is definitely enough* to pass the exam, even with a high score (I got 94%). Don't forget that the book's authors are the authors of the real exam too. So they obviously know exactly what you need to know for the exam.
I studied Valentin's cheat sheets too, especially as a late review. Not only it's reliable but it was an *invaluable* source of information for me, complementary to the book. Look in particular at the Deployment Descriptor and the Life cycles and allowed operations of EJBs sections.
As far as the specs are concerned, I didn't read them systematically. I only read the sections related to the areas I was feeling the less comfortable with (but I cannot remember which ones ).
Good luck for your prep,
I used 2 weeks to prepare it, and I stick to HF EJB only, together with EJB+. If you are worried about the rest 5% that are not covered by HF EJB, you may read the specification, but personally, I dont think this is that worth.