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Hi Tonio,

I will respond to your question based on my French experience (I�m working in France, since august 2000).
The true think, I don�t think I ever seen a job announcement in France that specifically requires a certification.

To answer your question, it�s really depend on the company your working with. The management staff generally appreciate that for two reasons:
1 ) You are more marketable. My certifications played more than once an important role in our commercial team projects negotiations.
2) It shows your commitment. Since is France very few company actually requires that their consultants pass certifications, a individual who actually pursue certifications in order to do a better his job is highly appreciate.

For your point of view :
1 )It will help you with your interview :I have passed tests at interviews that required that knowledge.
2) Been certified , will get you more credit from your management staff ,and your colleagues.

I wont get stared in the �certification debate�, but some individuals won�t appreciate the true value of your certifications, it may be your responsible, yours peers, or even a client. Don�t let them discourage you. I personally used 95 % of stuffs that I learned in preparing certs in real projects. For my point of view they are 100% worthwhile. Passing this kind o message to recruiters will help you.

What is really important is how you play that cert card during interviews.

I hope that�s help .Good luck in your job seeking.
15 years ago
Congratulations !

If I understand correct it took you 12 days full time to pass the exam. How many ours did you study by day?
15 years ago
Thank you Valentin for enlightened me.

Hi Dean,

Frankly, I had the same felling once I finish HFEJB. Here is what I did:
1 Needed more code experience so :
1.1 Downloaded free Ed Rodman�s Masterring EJB
1.2 Did all the exercises in the book
1.3 Developed the exercises, and code every other scenario that make sense
1.4 Add some more exercises
2 Read HFEJB again (second time)
3 Read several times Valentin Crettaz's cheat sheets
4 Did ejbCertificate
5 Did all the mocks from EJB+, some of them twice
6 Read the quicl prep section of EJB+
7 Passed with 95%

Hope that will help you. Good Luck!
Hi Valentin,

I used your cheat sheets and found them very useful
Just a little curiosity (more than a question since I already passed the exam last week ) :
In the file , basically your ejbcreate() , activate().. etc methods from the SessionBean or EntityBean interfaces , declare a RemoteException in their throws clause.
If I remember right , you cannot ever throw a RemoteException from within your Bean code.
Is this correct or I�m missing something ?
Congratulations !

You passed that�s the only thinks that matters. Don�t worry about your score( yours is quite high in my opinion). The main think is that you understood the concepts. I�m pretty sure that you will be able to find the correct definition of xml tag (if you missed at the exam) , when you will be involved in real projects.
And by the way when the new version will be out (1-1.5 years) you will have to start over again.
Good luck
15 years ago
Thank you !
In fact I used WSAD because my company is an IBM partner and I know the IDE very well. Still I didn�t use the code/ejb assistants, I just type manually the whole code and the deployment descriptor, in order to verify my knowledge. I created a �Server� workspace where I deployed all my EJB and a �client� workspace, creating different clients(local/remote) :EJB clients, Web Client and Application Client. I really extend the examples from Mastering EJB, to all situations that I consider essential in my learning process.
My point is you don�t really have to use a specific IDE to pass the test. Still if you can use the one that you usually use at work this is a side benefit because you will get better with your tool to.
Hope that helps.
15 years ago
Hi ,

I passed last week SCBCD with a 95% score. I started with HFEJB, and when I realize I didn�t have enough �code insight� on the concepts I shifted to Ed Rodman�s Mastering EJB. I did all the exercises, then I modified them, and add some more, trying to apply every concept on little prototype using the WSAD 5.1.x IDE. I actually tested all the features found in the exams objectives and beyond that.(<run-as> didn�t work as I expected) That was the fun part, and for my point of view the most useful .
I shifted back to theory , and used for mock exams EJB+ , ejbCertificate, and INES SCBCD.
The most difficult part was to keep myself motivated to learn and master a spec that will soon be gone (1 - 1.5 years or less ) , but that�s the way our job is, and we have to cope with that.
I found the information at javaranch very useful, and I don�t think I missed a SCBCD post during the last two months. Thanks a lot to the javaranchers!
15 years ago
I’m verry interested too. That’s make us seven…
16 years ago
Look�s like the book I�m waiting for !
It has been a while since I was thinking that I should add more complete EJB knowledge and eventually a certification including EJB to my arsenal. I was thinking to take the SCEA (J2EE 1.4 , not released yet), than this certification came along with your book.
Very glad to hear that your book will respond to my expectations.
Thanks a lot !

If have experienced very good certifications guides for SCJP(Philip Heller), and SCWCD (Hanumant Deshmukh) wich helped me a lot in understanding a lot of things , and improve tremendously the quality of my code in real projects.
For my part the purpose of prepraring a sun certification is the skills we get in preparing for it, that�s why I have few questions:
Will this book be only exam oriented ? or will it be a Complete EJB prgramming guide? Will we found in it everything we suppose to know regranding EJB and their use in real projects, or just exams topics, mocks and tips? What is the level of knowledge of EJB technology assumed in the book?
Thanks and best regards.
Sorry guys for the delay .
In my exam score report those are the weigths on each section :
Workbench Basics 10.5%
Application development Best Practices 5%
Java Development 19%
Web Development 24%
Running Application 7%
Debugging 14%
Profilling Application 5%
Data 5%
Sorry guys for the delay .
In my exam score report those are the weigths on each section :
Workbench Basics10.5%
Application development Best Practices 5%
Java Development19%
Web Development24%
Running Application7%
Profilling Application5%
SCJP is of course more difficult, but I enjoyed preparing and passing SCJP!
Here are the main differences in my opinion:
1 ) SCJP is focus on understanding concepts and internal behavior of java, and test 157 is focused on memorizing menus, actions, settings, views, perspectives and less on the comprehension of the product. Preparing for SCJP will sharpen your skills as java programmer, preparing for test 157 will make acquire some knowledge of the product, much more you will learn from experience.
2) SCJP objectives of are precise and concise. Test 157 objectives are very general, so you can expect to be asked questions about any combination of menu/view/perspective related to the objective.
3�)You can find very good books to walk through the SCJP certification. You are on your own in preparing for test 157. Of course there are Redbooks, and online- help, but no specific guidance to prepare for the 157 test.
4) You can get mock exams on the net as closely as possible to the real test, and the score you obtain on those won�t differ very much from the real test. The single mock exam that you will be able to find on test 157 is the ICE test with an unchanged set of 58 questions witch is to different from the real test, and the score that I obtained to the Ice test is not even close to the real test.
I hope that my post will help you. Good luck !
I took the test today, and let me tell you something: It has nothing to do with the sample test !
I had much better results at the ICE test, than the real exam, so I changed my mind about posting here my answer to questions of the sections for witch I made 100%. It won�t help you.
How I prepare ?
- A short 4 days introductory course.
- 3 months of experience with the product
- I read two Redbooks, and trying the examples with witch I was not familiar.
- WebSphere Studio Application Developer and Web Services
- WebSphere Studio Application Developer Programming Guide
- I read the help documentation under tasks from By type view.
The benefit of preparing this certification is that I was forced to work some areas of the tool that I was not used to, and that I think I will those use in future projects. Still I found some question of the real test silly, and I think I don�t need to know the answer to those one in order to work efficiently with WSAD. In my opinion the whole point to prepare and take an IT certification, is to sharpen yours skills and to get you new ones, that�s what makes to worth the effort. So for this one, you will better have a god memory. Good luck everybody !