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Passed with 86% on Sybex, but soon to expire

 
Al Pearson
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On Dec 30th past. This is the forum I've used the most, and I take this opportunity to thank all those who patiently share their knowledge with us lesser beings.
I found Custom Tags to be the hardest subject to prepare for, but fortunately the questions related to return values and basic lifecycle concepts.
Didn't spend to much time preparing for design patterns and bluffed my way thru without bother.
There was a question on filters, tho pretty basic.
This is the tenth cert exam I've taken in the last 5 years, and I'd rate this exam as one of the most straightforward. (And I'd rate the Java 2 exam I did in June as one of the hardest.)
I used the first edition of the Sybex book and the free sample chapters of other books that are mentioned in the FAQ.
While I found the book to be a useful resource, I'd recommend Nathalie Delon, for her next effort, to look for an publisher willing to provide adequate resources for technical review,
rather than Sybex whose priority is to get a product to market at ASAP, regardless of quality.
I suppose errata will have been cured for the most part in the new edition.
I've already got the diploma from Sun - not as pretty as the Java 2 one, and at the bottom it says 'Expires December 04'.
Funnily, on the bits of paper I got from other manufacturers (Lotus Domino Dev, Admin and Clarify) there is no such expiry date -
the diploma simply specifies in what version I'm certified in. My feeling is that Sun is out of line with this expiry thing,
and I'd suggest that newcomers look at other certification routes (Weblogic, IBM) that offer normal certifications that don't expire
and therefore represent a better return on your investment.
Also in the envelope from Sun I found a fancy pin and a plastic credit card with the WCD credential.
I'm finding this card particularly useful, as I'm often out of the office without a toothbrush, and this is an effective substitute - tho I wonder for how long, as it also expires Dec '04.

Once again, thank you.
 
Ruff Young
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Congratulations!
 
John Lee
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Congratulations!
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Nice shot A
 
Sridhar Srikanthan
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Congratulations
 
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