I have just passed SCBCD 5 with 98%. The exam, what should I write ?, is so easy. I feel a little disappoint because I have study so hard with a hope to get 80%. I have to study at level 10 and exam is at level 7->8.
The books I studied were + Spec EJB3 (JPA and core). This is very very excite book, although it is difficult to study. I have to read about 5 times. From the third time I feel rather understand. I read about 350 pages from these 2 book (200 from core and 150 from JPA) + Pro EJB3 JPA this is the very good, precise book (The examples are excellent) + EJB3 In Action (some places different from JPA spec (allow define public instance state in entity)) + MasteringEJB4.pdf (some examples of source code still use pre final spec (accessType=Field)). This is very good and useful book. + OReilly Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 5th Edition. This is very good book for general knowledge but not good for very detail knowledge like spec + Prentice Hall PTR.Java EE 5 Tutorial, The (3rd Edition).chm. This tutorial is very detail especially security examples + Apress Beginning EJB3 Application Development. This book is excellent for guiding deploy application.
Mock test: + Enthuware + Whizlabs + TopCerts (452 Questions). Very excellent but not explain. Many question like real exam. Answers are very exactly Sample exam of Sun (30Q) [ January 18, 2008: Message edited by: Christophe Verre ]
My memory is not so good, I had to study and study again, practice with glassfish v1 and MyEclipse a lot. I think it took me about more than 400 hours to finish the exam
In my opinion, I think NetBeans doesn't have many shortcut keys like Eclipse and it also took me a lot of time to make acquainted. Lastly I found that MyEclipse is an excellent IDE for speeding up my study. NetBeans has all functions for developing JavaEE 5 but its short cut keys and response time are the shortcoming