Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
||Author: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts|
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Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (11 March, 2002)
Sales Rank: 2,074
Average Customer Rating: 3.13 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
Mistakes, errors, typos
Reading all the other reviews I just HAVE to warn everybody else about a big problem with this book: it's full of mistakes. Not just simple ones, but some fundamental ones as well. ONLY read this book to get an idea of what the exam will tell you, but get the real information somewhere else. The "review questions" were even worse. Many were more an exercise in your understanding of the english language than a question on the subject, especially those of chapter 2. But the most unforgivable mistake is a question where the answer starts with "We can assume that...". Pardon me? Anybody who calls himself an experienced architect knows Rule One: NEVER make assumptions. Making assumptions is the single most effective way of screwing up a project. To make a long story short, just read the index. That should help enough, and will at least not hurt you either.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Don't trust this book
Not everybody rates this book very highly (and so do I with 3 starts) I might as well take a different road. Granted the book is not a great one but I strongly recommend your buying if you want to have a quick understanding on what is all about J2EE architect exam.
Well this book is not written for a new programmer, or someone with little knowledge of JSP and Servlets. It requires a solid experience on J2EE to understand the book content and samples. You will not guaranteed to pass the exam only by reading this book,
Rating: 4 out of 5
Simple book, well-suited to the J2EE 1.2 architect exam
I was tempted to only give the book three stars, but it does accomplish what it sets out to do, which is to prepare you for the 48-question enterprise architect exam. The exam was somewhat easier than I expected, so I've moderated my initial opinion that the book was too simple--now it's the exam that I think is too simple, and the book is just right for the exam. Reading this book, just like taking the exam or gaining certification, won't make you an architect nor even prove that you already are one.
Note however that this book was published in March 2002, so it is already somewhat dated. However, as of June 2003 the SCEA exam still focuses on J2EE 1.2 (and EJB 1.1), so for now the book is still relevant to the exam. By the end of 2003 there should be a new version of the exam, and then the book will be out of date. (BTW, if you take the J2EE 1.2 version of the exam, beware not to answer any questions based on J2EE 1.3 or 1.4--for instance, there were no message-driven beans in EJB 1.1.)
One area the book completely misses, but which figures prominently in the exam, is the subject of interfacing with legacy systems. Fortunately for me I had plenty of experience interfacing with legacy systems already when I took the exam or I would have felt a little blind-sided by the lack of coverage for it in the book. (Hmmm...not sure if 'fortunately' is quite the right word to describe my experience with legacy systems.) Other than this omission, if you feel comfortable with the subjects in the book then reading this book (which won't take too long) should be enough preparation for the exam. Hopefully most of this will be review of stuff you already know with a few new pieces of information scattered throughout. I mean, you only need to get 33 out of 48 questions correct to pass, so it's not exactly rocket science.
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