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Guidance for the confused - where to start on SCEA

 
Daniel Moussa
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Hello to you all people,

This is a dedicated SCEA forum which I expect to see a clear guidance on how to start the journey to SCEA. It would help if there are few fixed topics with general guidelines and road-map. Currently the visitor gets overwhemed with topics and don't know where to start?

Here is my first confusion: Big chunk of the exam is on EJB, which version is this? 1.0?, 1.1? , 2.0? or 3.0?
If EJB 3.0 is out there to replace the old evil, why on earth I have to study EJB 1.1 for the exam? Has the exam been upgraded to use the latest technologies or it is still 9 year sold objectives?
Is there a good book(s) out there for preparation? Most of the recommended books I looked at dated back to 2002/2003 (take Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development for example)


Sorry for sounding naive but I am really confused
 
Matthew Brown
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The best place to start is probably our SceaFaq. That should answer at least some of those questions.

Unfortunately, that's the nature of a forum - it's a collection of specific questions with answers. The FAQ will be a better place to get an overview, then this place can help out when you have specific questions of your own.
 
Daniel Moussa
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Thanks Mathew for the links you provided.

Regards,
 
Jiafan Zhou
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There is no EJB1.X related questions any longer in the current SCEA exam. You should focus your study on the EJB3.0 and it is a big part in the exam.
 
Daniel Moussa
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Thanks Jiafan, thaw was my biggest confusion because the FAQ page suggests books that cover EJB 1.X and 2.X whiel EJB 3.0 is out there. So I wasn't sure which way to go or which book to pick up.

I thought the FAQ page needs to be updated accordingly. Do you recommend a replacement book for EJB 3.0 that suites the exam?
I am looking at two books right now : Pro EJB 3.0 and EJB 3.0 in Action (the later has some worrying reviews)

Thanks for the clarification again.

 
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Daniel,

SCEA focuses more on the high-level architecture design and decision, as opposed to the low-level API programming.
I have cleared the part1 of the exam (with a passing score) and I didn't see any questions in relation to the API.
I have also done the SCBCD exam before and that exam is more targeted at the coding perspective.

With regards to the EJB book, I would recommend the book EJB3.0 in action. It is a great book to learn the EJB concept as well as the coding in some detail. (This is why it is called in action) But I don't know if it is also a good book for learning the design and decision for EJB3.0. Because you can easily be dragged into the details if you read that book to understand each part of the EJB.

You do realise that Oracle has changed the exam policy for SCEA exam, which mandates the exam takers to participate some expensive courses if you don't pass part1, 2 and 3 before 1st of August. I surely don't want to sit on those courses myself and this is why I eager to complete this exam sooner than later.
 
Daniel Moussa
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You do realise that Oracle has changed the exam policy for SCEA exam, which mandates the exam takers to participate some expensive courses if you don't pass part1, 2 and 3 before 1st of August


Oh God! No I didn't realize this, I just started looking at this exam in the last few days after I passed SCJP and SCWCD 5 exams just recently. I don't think I can sit the first part in 3 months let alone finishing Part 2 and 3! Bloody Oracle money grabbers, as if it is not enough paying for the exams !

Thanks Jiafan


Daniel
 
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