I would be interested to hear people's opinions about the difficulty of the IBM UML exam compared to the Sun Java Certified Programmer exam.
I would say, if you have some UML and OOAD experiences, you will find it easy. Otherwise, you might need to find some times to memerize the UML diagrams, just like you need to memerize the APIs in SCJP.
You might use Larman's Applying UML and Patterns 2nd edition, and Fowler's UML Distilled 2nd edition. Both of them are cool books.
For the SCJP exam, I recall studying non-stop for three and a half days, though that was because of an odd situation - my supervisor hit me with the fact that I'd be taking the test on Friday while we were out at lunch on a Monday. :-\ For 486, I studied for a few weeks before I finally took it.
In reflection, I think I was better prepared for 486 than I was for SCJP when I sat for it. I felt the OOAD exam was a bit harder than the SCJP exam - design and analysis is a skill I use less than my programming - but I did quite well due to having recognized that from the get-go and prepared accordingly.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Hi, If u really want to grasp *real OOAD concepts then go for 486. SCJP was really easy whereas UML is not that much. You have to dig for details. Since u have SCJP, I advice u to purchase Martin Fowler book and read it's 1st 1-3 chaps. You will know what is easy what is not Also u will examine the real taste of OOAD
Good Luck Viki.
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