My study plan was as follows:
I went through the EJB 3 In Action twice. This book is really good to get the basics and covers some deep concepts that you won't see in most of the other books and resources available. For example it explains poison messages which I only found in this book and a question in one of the Enthuware's tests. This book is unfortunately for the EJB 3.0 edition. So it doesn't cover the new features. I also spotted an error in the book. It uses the @Runas annotation in the method level, whereas it is only allowed in the class level.
The Frits Walraven OCPEJBD 6 EJB 3.1 notes is a must. I read it once tried the second test scored around 85%. Read it again tried the third test scored around 88%. Read it once again one day before the exams tried the fourth and last test scored 90%.
The Frits Walraven OCPEJBD 6 EJB 3.1 notes is a summary of the specification. It puts together corner cases that may be spread in a book, and missed when you read a book for the first time and strive to get the basics.
On the exam: No surprises here. The listed material covered all aspects of the exam. Enthuware's tests were a bit harder I must say but all in all they were very similar. I also had an almost identical question on the exams which I wouldn't have know, if i hadn't worked on the enthuware's tests.
Next goal for me: OCEJPAD. Any suggestions here? Expected preparation time? Any suggested material?
Hi, Jorge. Congratulation. I am glad you share your experience with us. I wish I could read German, but I cannot.
This is my study plan, but I have not taken the exam yet :
1. I read EJB 3 in Action 2nd edition, which covers EJB 3.2. I heard there is not much difference between EJB 3.1 and EJB 3.2. So, I read it for concepts. The examples given in the book do not run. So, I decide not to spend too much time on it.
2. Besides reading JSR 318 and Frits notes, I am reading Head First EJB for fun. Only some concepts in EJB 2.0 can be applied to EJB 3.0 and I will skip all the EJB 2.0 topics. Honestly, Head First EJB is a really good book for understanding the basics of EJB 2.0.