Saturday, March 07, 2009

Presenting at JavaOne 2009 - SCEA Take Two!

Sun have accepted my BOF proposal for JavaOne 2009, so it's time to start looking for flights to SFO again and making sure that the hotel I'm staying at isn't right in the middle of the Tenderloin..

My proposal this year built on the material covered in last year's BOF, and I'll also take time to dig deeper into Part Two of the exam (where a lot of people come a cropper) and work through exactly what the examiners are / aren't looking for and why.

If you're going to JavaOne in this crunch year, looking forward to seeing you at the BOF!


DaveKant said...

Can you provide information with regard to the most suitable study guide books for the exam. I think the latest ones are for 310-051 which is now out-of-date? Thanks.

Darya said...

Hi Humphrey,

I'm waiting for your book. Can you explain what you mean by BOF and SFO?

Humphrey Sheil said...

Hi Darya

BOF stands for Birds of a Feather and refers to the type of session that I'll be giving at JavaOne this year. SFO is the airport code for the San Francisco International airport.


Humphrey Sheil said...

Hi Dave

I did some digging on the Sun site and this page contains a subset of the longer list that I've appended below -

The full list (the expert group settled on this about a year ago) is below. But don't feel that you need to read every book or resource in the list. The dynamic of the group was that each individual wanted to add in a book or two that they felt was a great book to read as an architect - not that reading the book will help you to pass the exam.

So, from a rounding yourself out as an architect, the list below is great. In terms of getting content that is directly applicable to the exam - parts one, two and three - the list has less value. That's the goal of the study guide we're writing at the moment.


* UML Distilled - by Martin Fowler

* Java Design (Objects, UML, and Process) - by Kirk Knoernschild

Addison-Wesley (2002)
ISBN 0-201-75044-9


* SOA Using Java Web Services (Paperback) - by Mark D. Hansen

* Developing Java Web Services: Architecting and Developing Secure Web Services Using Java - by Ramesh Nagappan, Robert Skoczylas, Rima Patel Sriganesh


* Enterprise Java Beans - by Richard Monson-Haefel

* Java Enterprise in a Nutshell - by David Flanagan, Jim Farley, William Crawford, Kris Magnusson

* EJB v3.0 spec

* EJB v2.1 spec

* Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition) - by Marty Hall, Larry Brown

Prentice Hall PTR; 2 edition (August 29, 2003)
ISBN-13: 978-0130092298

* Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 2 (2nd Edition) - by Marty Hall, Larry Brown, and Yaakov Chaikin

Prentice Hall PTR; 2 edition (December 1, 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-0131482609

* Core JavaServer Faces (2nd Edition) - by David Geary, Cay S. Horstmann

Prentice Hall PTR; 2 edition (May 9, 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-0131738867

* The Servlet v2.5 specification

* The JSP v1.2 specification

* The JSF v1.1 specification

* Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition: Platform and Component Specifications - by Bill Shannon, Mark Hapner, Vlada Matena, Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart, Larry Cable, James Davidson

Addison-Wesley Pub Co
ISBN: 0201704560

* Enterprise Blueprints:

* Java EE 5 Performance Management and Optimization (Pro) - by Steven Haines

* Design Patterns and Contracts - by Jean-Marc Jezequel, by Michel Train and Christine mingins

* Design Patterns - by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides, Grady Booch

* Core J2EE Patterns:,

* Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies (2nd Edition) - Deepak Alur, John Crupi and Dan Malks

Publisher: Prentice Hall / Sun Microsystems Press
ISBN:0131422464; 2nd Edition (June, 2003)

* J2EE Blueprints

* Java 2 Network Security, by Marco Pistoia, Duane F. Reller, Deepak Gupta, Milind Nagnur, Ashok K. Ramani

* Core Security Patterns: Best Practices and Strategies for J2EE, Web Services, and Identity Management.

Tom said...

Hi Humphrey,

any idea when the study guide will be available? Most of the books specifically focusing on the scea exam are either outdated or lack important aspects. It'll be great to have an up-to-date and comprehensive guide.