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Passed SCEA Part I (87%)

 
Darryl A. J. Staflund
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Hi all,
Thanks again for your help on these forums. I just passed the SCEA Part I exam with 87% :-)
Cheers, and a happy weekend.
Darryl
 
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Congratulations!
 
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Congrats Darryl
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Hello Darryl,
Could you tell me some of your preparation of the exam?
Thanks
 
Darryl A. J. Staflund
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Hi there,
The bulk of my preparation came from a variety of sources:
1. Work I put into obtaining my IBM OOAD certification this summer. This involved reading the following texts:
- Crag Larman. Applying UML and Patterns (2nd ed.)
- Martin Fowler. UML Distilled.
2. I am currently overseeing the development of a J2EE project using JBoss, Tomcat, Struts, PostgreSQL, and OpenLDAP. Learning the intricacies of JBoss and developing an actual J2EE application has given me a lot of firsthand experience of what works, what doesn't etc.
3. Work invested in obtaining my SCJD certification helped me immensely. In particular, learning RMI has helped me understand the distributed nature of EJBs, and learning Swing has given me an appreciation of MVC component design as well as an understand of certain design patterns.
I also made sure to read the following texts specifically in preparation for this exam:
1. Java Security (2nd. Edition). O'Reilly Press.
2. Enterprise JavaBeans (3rd Edition.) O'Reilly Press.
I took the mock tests listed in as resources for the SCEA forum and found them useful but lacking in some respects. I found that most were a lot harder than the real thing -- partly because their questions seemed out of date, somehow, and partly because the questions were vague in certain respects. I spent two days before the exam takes the SCEA@Whiz exams and found that although they did put you through you're paces, the questions had quite a large number of spelling mistakes in it and the GUI had some odd behavioural characteristics about it. It didn't seem to recognize the difference between a pass or fail either. I am really bummed out about that partly because the majority of the problems can be (and ought to habd been) fixed by simply sitting down and proofreading the text, and partly because the price of the product is being raised quite dramatically despite all the textual errors, etc.
Cheers,
Darryl
 
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Congratulations and good luck with your future endeavours!
 
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