I am now a Sun Certified Business Component Developer For Java EE Platform 5 (SCBCD 5.0)
For the last one month or so I kept my eyes on
. I actually purchased voucher for that in Feb 2008, when I attended Sun Techdays at Hyderabad. But never got enough time to prepare for it until November. So, in the last fortnight I got handsome amount of time to prepare for the exam.
I have passed SCBCD 5.0 (which tests your knowledge of EJB 3.0 and Java Persistence API - JPA) with a score of
. According to my reckoning that is a good score. I got
questions out of
correct and took nearly 130 mins to complete the exam ( in the allotted 145 min).
I have taken that exam at Prometric centre
near Shankar Matam Road, Vizag. I booked for exam yesterday and took it today (18-nov-2008) at 10:30 AM.
There were a few tricky questions and the rest was not very difficult for me as I really prepared well for it. I spent several hours reading books and especially sepcs related to EJB 3.0 and JPA. Sometimes as long as 6 hours at a stretch were spent on the preparation. Overall, good amount of time was spent - around 150 hours.
Here are the resources I have used during my preparation
Few Few months back I read
EJB 3.0 in Action by Debu Panda
Recently (having seen many people recommending
Oreilly EJB 3.0
), I have purchased Orielly EJB 3.0 book a month ago and read that. I liked it but, it has so many silly printing mistakes, which really made me unhappy. During exam preparation, you do not want any printing mistake take a mark away from you. But I must confess, overall that is good book.
EJB 3.0 Specs
(not(not completely because they are too boring) and
I read SCBCD 5.0 study guide by
, which is a simplified version of Core and JPA specs. It is good to review everything through that.
When it comes to Mock exams, I used
Entuware EJB plus v5.
It was good, though I could not agree with a few answers. Overall it is worth taking those mock exams. Mock exams are the ultimate preparation. You should never get to any certification exam without proper exposure to mock exams.
I have used
Netbeans IDE 6.1 and Glassfish v2
That was about my preparation.
Needless to mention,
, is the best website for Java certification. For all three -
SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 1.4 and SCBCD 5.0
- I have used it.
Of course a good book on SCBCD 5.0, will make the preparation process a little easier. You know the importance of SCJP 5.0 by Kathy during SCJP preparation.
That's all I had to write about my preparation.
I realized, preparing for certification, is the best way to get to the bottom of each topic and get a strong base.
I must admit that each new certification is making me more hungrier for more.
I must thank my wife, Padmaja for her role in my preparation. She just gets me rid of all concerns. A big thanks to kids - Praneeth and Pranav, for letting me concentrate. They missed me and I missed them too. Who can achieve success without sacrifices?
Yeah, now it is time to relax and enjoy the achievement.
Here is my Marksheet for SCBCD 5.0.