OK, OOH I thank you for the compliment in the title (even if it's a bit unfair for much more "notorious" people around here who didn't pass yet either (Jim ?)), but OTOH I don't thank you for that harsh question ! AFAIK, Vlad uploaded his assignment, is now on vacation till end of November, is just waiting for his results, and ... I am looking forward to see them. I expect a high score from him. Now that I replied 50% of your question, may I stop here ?
Yeah Phil, when are you going to upload the assignment. I know you got bored inbetween and went to SCWCD. Have you finished that?
Well, it looks like I cannot. Thanks you Arun, I won't forget it. A short - but honest - answer would be : I really don't know. You're 40% right in telling that I got bored inbetween. As far as I remember, I got more uncertain than bored (60/40 ). I didn't like SCWCD that much. And as there is a new release of the exam planned in Spring 2004, I decided not to pass it now. I am now preparing for the SCBCD exam (which I like much more), so my main issue to finish the SCJD one is now time and motivation. Time, because I entered into discussion about a possible new job about which - whatever I decide - I cannot avoid to think at least in background. And time, because my main short-term goal is to get SCBCD soon and it's hard to me to "span" myself on multiple subjects of main interest in the same time. Now it's exactly what I do anyway BTW ! Motivation, because with this assignment I learned what I wanted to learn, and it was my first goal. Of course I'll finish this assignment (BTW I payed to get SCJD certified), but there is no urgence for me anymore. Sometimes, I try to discipline myself by telling me "Stop with the SCJD forum for a few days !", but as most alcoholics with alcohol, it's quite hard to me to be faithful to any promise I can do to myself in that area. I love this forum too much ! I am a team-player by nature. As from March I entered a sabbatical period to invest myself in Java technology, I felt quite alone (I got used to have 8 people working with/for me). So this forum is exactly the right place for me to get the "human hits" I need, to feel OK with myself , and thank you all for them BTW. Best, Phil. [ November 19, 2003: Message edited by: Philippe Maquet ]
Originally posted by Philippe Maquet: I am a team-player by nature. As from March I entered a sabbatical period to invest myself in Java technology, I felt quite alone (I got used to have 8 people working with/for me). So this forum is exactly the right place for me to get the "human hits" I need, to feel OK with myself , and thank you all for them BTW. [ November 19, 2003: Message edited by: Philippe Maquet ]
I am now preparing for the SCBCD exam (which I like much more), so my main issue to finish the SCJD one is now time and motivation.
I am also preparing for the SCBCD exam and see you posting on that forum. Like Vlad, I am awaiting the results. My two cents, just go ahead and submit your assignment. Like Tony mentioned in some other thread; there is no end to it. Regards. Bharat
Just curious - what is your game plan for studying for SCBCD? Do you have EJB work experience? I do not have work experience in this area, but purchased Kathy and Bert's Head First EJB book. I'm hoping that will get me there. (but I'm trying to get through SCJD first - ugh!) TJ
Hello Terry, I do have some background and experience in EJB development. I just got my copy of Kathy and Bert's Head First EJB book. Plus, I have number of other books. I will recommend both Monson-Hafael and Ed Roman texts, but they are not specifically designed for the SCBCD exam. Mostly, I will use the Head First EJB text. Regards. Bharat
Hi all, Thanks Tony. Ulrich, carneval is self-celebrating ! We don't need to get SCJD to do it ! Anyway we have still some time... Terry and Bharat, I have no previous background in EJB development. I use Kathy and Bert's Head First EJB book too and I love it. I should end a first reading by Friday, and I hope that studying it 2 weeks after it will be enough. Anyway, if you don't see me much here in the meantime, you'll know why. Good luck with your SCJBCD exam ! Best, Phil.
Actually i am looking into SCBCD too. My copy of the Head First EJB is on its way from Amazon. But after i looked into the IBM certificates offered on their WebSPhere platform, i think (atleast for me) that the certs from IBM will be more valuable, in the sense that you gain knowledge in J2EE and WebSphere, the most commonly used commercial J2EE platform. No one wants to offer a job with just SCBCD. May be i am wrong here. If knowledge is your only motive, then IBM way also caters for that. ACtually i want to take SCBCD and then proceed to websphere certs from IBM, and get back to SCEA. A Looooooooooooooooooooooooong way to go On a side note, after getting 3 certs in Java, i still landed with a new job which requires Perl, PHP. No complaints about that though Cheers Arun [ November 19, 2003: Message edited by: Arun Kumar ]
The SCBCD is a great exam. I think it is one that really does test your knowledge thoroughly. Although when I took it, it was the Beta, so I got 140+ questions. Sheesh. But I think that Head First EJB should be a great asset to have for that exam. Mark