Sun Microsystems offers many certifications starting from programmer level to architect level. SCEA (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect) certification is designed for enterprise architects responsible for building high scale enterprise applications or who wish to be prospective architects.
The certification exam tests candidate’s architectural knowledge in and out. A Software Architect is the technical boss of software systems and he should act like a software doctor to resolve the issues. A basic difference between a developer and an architect is the way they design the application. Developer may not think about the scalability, maintainability, performance, etc for long run. But architect always foresees the application’s future expectations about performance, scalability, etc.
What are the qualifications required to become a J2EE Architect?
I would say he/she should be a Sun Certified J2EE Architect. Because it comprises of all the necessary qualification required for a Technical Architect required for J2EE assignment. I love the way the SCEA Part 2 and Part 3 designed.
The following are the interesting topics that SCEA Exam covers:
SCEA Part 1
Concepts – Tests your modeling language skills (UML)
Common architectures – Tests the skills in evaluation of enterprise application tiers
Legacy connectivity – Tests the architectural solution knowledge to connect J2EE with any legacy systems
EJB – Tests the design and basic API knowledge in EJB
EJB Container model – Tests the knowledge in the container architecture
Protocols – Tests the knowledge in the area of choosing the right protocol for a business problem
Applicability of J2EE – Tests the design decision knowledge about J2EE technologies
Patterns – Tests the knowledge in design patterns
Messaging – Tests the knowledge in synchronous and asynchronous message architecture
Internationalization – Tests your Java knowledge to implement internationalization
Security – Tests various kinds of enterprise security including firewalls and DMZ
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