Thank you very much to the participants of the group. The discussions in the group certainly helped me to achieve the certification. Can't thank much to MZ's contribution. MZ's Guide and Quiz was really key for my success. I would highly recommend everyone to go though MZ's Guide and Quz at least couple of times. RMH book is also good. But if you have gone through MZ's guide, you don't need to read the entire 1000 pages from RMH book, you can use it as a reference guide.
The certification was hard. Hats off to the folks who got the certification with 2 weeks of study. It took me longer to prepare, may be because I wasn't too familiar with Web Services. Also it was the hardest certification, even harder than SCEA. My score is really low (73%), but I am happy that I passed.
Contents of the exam wasn't what I expected. There were at least 12 questions from security. I found many questions from UUDI and JAXR (at least 12). Only few questions from JAX-RPC (I was expecting a lot, like 10 or more).
Glad to see you preparing for SCDJWS certification. I read lot of your recommendations for SCEA certification.
Any more tips on the exam? I am studying for it. When you say a lot of questions from JAXR and UDDI, what level of detail should we be studying at?
For UDDI and JAXR, you really need to have deep understanding at the API level. BusinessQueryManageger, LifeCycleManager, UDDI Publishing and UDDI Query APIs, how connections (for Registry) are created, what properties you need to set for authenticating the connections, how do you validate an URI before publishing etc. are important to learn in detail. There was some mention about EntityResolver too. I have no idea where that came from. Instead of spending too much time reading RMH book, I would recommend to prepare from MZ's guide. MZ's guide is really tailered towards the needs for SCDJWS.
From Security side, master XACML, SAML, XML Digital Signature, XML Encryption, Web based authentication (Basic, Form ,hybrid), role based authentication, authentication controlled by programming, HTTPS etc. etc. I spent less than 5% of my preparation time for security. About 20% of prep time need to go towards security. Well - I am suggesting from what I experienced, it may be different for a different question set.
To answer Nick's question
What is Next ?
I am planning to start preparing for GMAT. After getting a GMAT score, I have plans for PMI.