How can I prepare for the Sun Certified Java Architect Exam other than taking Sun's $2000 class?

Abi Palani

The concepts tested on the Java Architect exam are quite broad and cover a variety of topics. I've found the following books to be useful in my preparation:

  • Design Patterns book by Gamma, et. al.
  • UML distilled by Martin Fowler ( or any other book on UML)
  • Enterprise JavaBeans by Richard Monson-Haefel (or any other good EJB book)

The following white papers available at java.sun.com are useful too:

  • EJB
  • J2EE
  • Java Security
  • J2EE Blueprints

Some useful sites containing more pointers: