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Sekhar Kadiyala
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Hi guys,
This is my first posting in here. I have completed my SCJP with 93% this morning and my next goal is to work on SCWCD.
Can anyone of you give me little advise on how should i go about this?
Just to give you my background, i have done programming in both Servlets and JSPs. I can rate it somewhere between Basic to Intermediate.
Thanks in advance for your help.
 
Satish Avadhanam
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Hi Sekhar, I just want to let you know that there is a new version of exam going to come out in a month or two. Current version covers older Servlet and JSP Specifications. In the meanwhile if you want to go for a certification anyway, I suggest you take SCBCD(which covers EJB 2.0).
If you want to take the current version of exam itself, here are the two books that most people follow.
1. SCWCD Exam Study Kit by Hanumant Deshmukh, Jigneh Malavia
2. Professional SCWCD Certification Sam Dalton and Dan Jepp
Both are good books, but many follow first one and suggest the same. If you want to buy one book, go for first one. Else you can get both.
Good Luck.
 
Sekhar Kadiyala
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Hi Satish,
Thank you for the advise. I guess it makes more sense to wait for 2,3 months and get a certificate whose version might be valid for next 2 years.
But on the EJB side, i haven't done anything so far. In such a scenerio, what do you suggest me?
Head First EJB is good enough for me to learn and master the FJB techniques?
Or is there any other book for beginners? I am sure K & B combination will be one of the best, but i just want to know whether it teaches the EJB progrmaming also or just covers the EJB from certification point of view?
Thanks in advance!
 
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Hi Sekhar
Originally posted by Sekhar Kadiyala:
Hi Satish,
Thank you for the advise. I guess it makes more sense to wait for 2,3 months and get a certificate whose version might be valid for next 2 years.

FYI: Starting August 2003, certifications are not getting invalid, but are identified by their versions.
And yes, you're right. Taking the new exam will be more beneficial for future prospects.

But on the EJB side, i haven't done anything so far. In such a scenerio, what do you suggest me?

I think it is OK to for SCBCD. I think in this way you will be more stronger in theory and basics in EJB than by doing programming at job, though am not sure.

Head First EJB is good enough for me to learn and master the FJB techniques?

You got the answer. HF EJB is not only very good for exam but it can be used as a reference once you complete the exam too.

Or is there any other book for beginners? I am sure K & B combination will be one of the best, but i just want to know whether it teaches the EJB progrmaming also or just covers the EJB from certification point of view?

Same as above.

Thanks in advance!

Good Luck.
 
Sekhar Kadiyala
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Thank you, Satish. The i will start my EJB preparation.
 
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