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on 26 July 2002
I would recommend this book to anyone preparing for the J2EE Architect exam. It is an easy read, gives you a good idea of what to expect, and provides a useful insight into the minds of the question setters.
However I have to qualify this recommendation with a warning.
The book does not contain enough technical information to get a beginner to pass standard on its own. It is best to treat the the technical information as a revision aid, and some sections are too light weight even for this purpose.
Good luck in the exam!
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on 12 February 2003
This should really be called a revision guide, the entire book is under 200 pages in length, all of the GOF patterns are covered in about 30 pages, and the entire UML is covered in 20 pages. If you are looking for a book to teach you everything you need to know in order to pass the exam then this is not the book for you. What this book does do very well is to explain all the exam requirements and give you a good idea about what you need to learn.
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on 1 October 2003
I am quite happy with this book – it’s a good starting point, and authors lets the reader know that the level of expertise is expected from them by posting sample questions at the end of every chapter. The sample questions actually requires a lot more reading than the chapter it precedes, and that just tells the reader that this book itself is not sufficient, unlike Certification Study guides for Programmer (SCJP) certification.
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on 16 August 2004
This book is very well written and works well as a review book for the Architect exam. It doesn't really contain enough to cover the whole exam but it is a very good start. Some exam objectives are missing and others are just skimmed over. If this book contained double the material it would be excellent. It is much better written then the Paul Allen book.
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on 16 September 2002
This is a very easy book to read and gives you a good basic understanding of what is required in the exam. It also has a very good case study to help in preparing for stage 2.
It however fails to cover certain areas which are a must for the exam e.g. legacy access techniques such as screenscrapers and object mapping, security networking techniques such as VPNs and DPNs. It doesn't even mention JMS at all, and this is meant to be a key objective!! The word "guide" therefore has to be taken very literally, and the book shouldn't in anyway be compared to the comprehensive coverage given in the"Complete Java2 Certification" guide. If this is the only book you want to buy for the exam, be prepared for quite a bit of surfing.
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on 24 April 2003
If you're preparing for the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE exam, then this book is not for you. These are the reasons:
1) It doesn't cover all exam objectives :-0 "Common Architecture", "Legacy Connectivity", and "Messaging" are absent from the book. And that could be 30% of the exam;
2) Even the topics that the authors do cover, they do so superficially. So much so that half of the sample questions at the end of the book cannot be answered with information from the book alone;
3) Talking of sample questions, there are only 9 of them in the book. You can't get a feel for what the exam is like with that little.<
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VINE VOICEon 13 February 2008
Having abandoned preparation with another book I was advised to get a copy of this one and was not disappointed.

It covers all parts of the Part 1 exam with one exception (see below) in a clear and concise style, leaving the reader to decide which areas they need to read in to further. If like me you have a lot of experience in systems development and integration, you probably won't need another book.

It also gives useful guidance on the modelling you should expect to undertake as part of the assignment.

The only flaw in this book (which is not suitable by itself for the JEE 5 exams as they have moved on somewhat) is that it misses out JMS (possibly because it was written pre-J2EE 1.3) and skates over some of the EJB details a bit too much. I had a copy of Head Start EJB which allowed me to fill the gaps in both these areas and sail through the exam.

Please note that people who do not have much J2EE experience will need to do further reading beyond this book to be comfortable with some of the subject matter covered. I don't see this as a weakness as the architect certification is not designed for people who haven't already walked the walk and talked the talk - and this is stated clearly in the book's preface.

Good luck!
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on 24 April 2003
If you're preparing for the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE exam, then this book is not for you. These are the reasons:
1) It doesn't cover all exam objectives :-0 "Common Architecture", "Legacy Connectivity", and "Messaging" are absent from the book. And that could be 30% of the exam;
2) Even the topics that the authors do cover, they do so superficially. So much so that half of the sample questions at the end of the book cannot be answered with information from the book alone;
3) Talking of sample questions, there are only 9 of them in the book. You can't get a feel for what the exam is like with that little.
You're better off buying a comic book to read in the toilet the night before the exam than studying from this book.
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on 25 July 2002
You must buy it if you want to reach the purpose to be a certified J2EE Architect. It is clear, essential. Just enough to go to take the test and the other exams. The samples of the question are really good to understand the possible questions.
If you must be certified, take it, if you must have a good reference, take it.
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