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How much specific coding knowledge is expected on the SCEA

 
Tony Cagle
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I have seen several times that there is no "pre-requisite" for the SCEA, per se. I have been an architect for 10 years now, and I have coded a little bit in several languages (C# is my primary skillset when asked to develop at my company, for better or worse). I have been trying to move toward more open source technologies and away from the Microsoft stack, and Java is probably the best place to go - at least from an architecture standpoint.

I am about two weeks away from finally taking the SCJA (to prove to employers that I can do other things than just MS), but I was wondering what kind of leap it would be for a broadly experienced architect (read: jack-of-all-trades) to pursue the SCEA track.

Thanks,
Tony
 
Theodore Casser
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From having taken the SCEA (both the original version and the recent revision) - there's no coding ability required. The exam tests knowledge of Java EE insofar as what would be needed for architecting the solution for a project and does not delve down into the nitty-gritty of how to implement the specifics.

It is probably helpful on some level to understand how to code an application with EJBs, for example, but it's not necessary so long as you understand where one would use an EJB in a multi-tiered application (as opposed, say, to a web service or servlets and JSPs).
 
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