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Sun Certified Enterprise Architecture for J2EE Technology Study Guide Paperback – March 21, 2002

ISBN-13: 007-6092016878 ISBN-10: 0130449164 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (March 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130449164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130449160
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,085,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The only study guide written by the lead developers and assessors of the architect exam.

The first officially authorized study guide for the challenging Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition exams. Java platform experts Cade and Roberts provide expert guidance and background for designing effective J2EETM technology architectures—as well as comprehensive preparation for every exam element: multiple-choice exam, assignment, and essay. You'll find start-to-finish coverage of key J2EE platform architectural issues and every exam objective, including:

  • Understanding the goals of system architecture
  • Creating requirements and architectural documents that serve as blueprints for the entire development process
  • Leveraging proven design patterns
  • Identifying the right J2EE technologies and APIs for your application
  • Maximizing security and accounting for firewalls in enterprise environments
  • Providing legacy access: appropriate techniques and errors to avoid
  • Using the Enterprise JavaBeansTM architecture Container Model to maximize scalability
  • Evaluating the advantages and weaknesses of existing architectures

Endorsed as a study guide for the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology exam by Sun Educational Services.

About the Author

MARK CADE has 15 years of experience as a software engineer. Currently, he works at the Sun Microsystems Java Center as a Senior Java Architect, where he has extensive experience creating architectures for J2EE solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Cade is lead developer and assessor of the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE exam.

SIMON ROBERTS has worked in the software development and training industries for nearly twenty years. He is a team lead on the programmer and developer certification projects. Roberts is co-author of The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide with Philip Heller and Michael Ernest, and The Java 2 Developer's Handbook with Philip Heller.

Customer Reviews

I recently passed the CX-310-051 exam and relied heavily on this book as a study guide.
Michael Mochan
If you are not experienced in J2EE, this book is still good summary of what you will or have learned from other books.
Y.C. Han
ONLY read this book to get an idea of what the exam will tell you, but get the real information somewhere else.
SLH Beaumont

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By James McPhate on June 24, 2002
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I found this book almost PERFECT for my needs. Short, concise, and focused on the exam. The sample questions were also very reflective of the exam. If you pass the sample questions, you are probably ready for the exam. With what you learn from the sample questions, content as well as question style, you should actually do a bit better on the exam. That was my experience- about 75% on the book questions, 87% (42/48) on the exam, with no extra study after my initial reading.
And considering the purpose of architect certification is to certify someone with 5+ years experience and deep understanding of design and architectural issues, then a more detailed book would be a thick painful experience. Also, a more detailed book would commit the authors to exposing more of the exam content, and devalue it as a fair measure of an architect. The fact that it requires a wide professional background with some core reading is excellent. If you struggle with the exam, enjoy the honest feedback! You have more reading to do, and experience to gain.
With sufficient experience in Java, UML, design patterns, security, general IT and web knowledge, and basic architectural principles, the book more than suffices. Basic EJB knowledge is sufficient since the book doesn't expect a programmer's knowledge of APIs and such.
If you are new to architecture, my recommendations are similar to another reviewers:
UML Distilled, Martin Fowler
Design Patterns, Gamma et al
Mastering Enterprise Java Beans, Roman, Amber, Jewell
EJB Design Patterns, Floyd Marinescu
And if you don't know enough about design patterns and UML to pass those chapters before even reading the chapters, you may be taking the exam a bit prematurely.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2002
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I disagree with what some readers feel about the book. This book is just what a study guide should be. Concise and focused on the objectives of the exam. I read the book, took the exam and passed. I had very little time to study and this book, being so concise, definitely helped.
If it had taken 1000 pages to help me prepare for a 48 questions exam, then I would think that the author merely just did a 'cut and paste' from EJB specs and a few other books. Instead, this author bothered to extract the essence of the information required for SCEA and presented it to the reader.
Most of the sections - Security, I18n, Protocols, EJB, and Design Pattern are well written in an easy to understand and concise manner.
Having said all that, I wonder why some objectives are missing. Common Architecture, Legacy Connectivity and Messaging are left out completely. Also, the UML section could have covered a few more notations.
Still a good book for SCEA candidates but take note, it says "Study Guide" not "Idiot's Guide". So don't expect the book to teach you how to write the "Hello World" Bean.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By ZhongDan LAN on March 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the first published book for the SCJEA certification.
Although it's very light (less than 200 pages), it does cover
EJB, UML, Design Patterns, Security, Internationlization, and Protocols. It provides useful information on how to apply your
knowledges on these topics, but you should learn the knowledges
from practice or from other books. It contains some very interesting mock questions, on UML, Security, Internationalization, Protocols, which help you a lot to understand the concept in an architect's way. It provides a case study for part II and part III, although it is a good example, you need to know enterprise java architecting before reading this chapter.
I finally decide to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because of two reasons:
1. There is nothing about messaging. legacy connectivity.
2. They copied the nine sample questions from Sun's site, but gave no more explanation. What's more, in the book, the answer of question 5 is incomplete (it should be A, E, but in the book, the answer is E), and the answer of question 9 does not appear in the book (which is D).
Since it's the only one available, I suggest you buy (or borrow) this book...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ajith Kallambella on March 3, 2003
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Writing a certification guide poses some serious challenges to the author. Having co-authored a guide my self, I understand how tricky it is to decide how much to cover. It is not unusual to attract criticism from both sides of the aisle - too much detail or too little detail. A test like SCEA that covers such a broad ground makes the job even tougher.
The first ever SCEA guide met most of my expectations. It is concise, covers most of the exam objectives and most importantly, maintains the focus on the test without digressing over to J2EE trivia. Every chapter attempts to cover a set of objectives, and has a review section followed by some sample test questions. The accompanying answers not only explain why an answer is the correct answer, but goes a step further to elaborate why other answers are not correct, or not-so correct. The book also introduces a case study that introduces the reader to skills essential for solving the part II assignment.
I said the book covers "most" of the objectives. That's where it falls short of expectations. Any study guide should, at the least, cover all the test objectives. Some test objectives such as Legacy connectivity and Messaging have been totally left out which made me question the seal of approval from Sun Education! It is one thing not to cover an objective in detail, but totally dropping a couple of them is inexcusable. The editorial bragging "..in-depth coverage of every exam objective.." is simply a prevarication when the guide itself totally drops a few objectives. A good reader can easily point out some spottiness too - such as not including the state diagram for entity beans along with that of stateful and stateless session beans.
In summary, this guide will help you prepare for the test but you will need to supplement it with other study resources and notes. They badly need to fill some gaping holes, and to the extent possible, work towards completeness.
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