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Passed IBM 484 (77%) and 486 (95%)

 
Stefan Guilhen
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Hi ranchers,

I took the exam 484 on friday 24/6 and the 486 exam on monday 27/6 and got 77% and 95% respectively. Also took the 141 (XML) test 3 days later but that result I'll post in the appropriate forum. Below I share my experience:

Enterprise Connectivity - Exam 484

Overall it is not a hard exam, but you can expect some hard questions. I read both HF-EJB and HF Servlets and they cover the majority of the test. For the connectivity services I used the tutorials posted in this thread.
Time should not be a problem. I had about 35 minutes left to revise the questions.

OOAD with UML - Exam 486

I read both Larman's and Fowler's books thoroughly. It is important that you know the UML constructs and when to aply them, and UML Distilled is very good at it. But for this test it is more important that you know the iterative process and how to derive artifacts from the requirements and another artifacts, so Larman's book is the ultimate resource for this exam. For revision, you can use the notes from Ezequiel Cuellar available here.

Personaly, I didnt use his notes because sometimes you need to remember the context in which the concepts were introduced and you can't get that from revision notes, so there is nothing like re-reading the concept from the book itself. As Larman's book is large, and most people (like me) won't read it twice thoroughly, I adopted a different strategy: I revised his book just by re-reading the boxes that contain all the important concepts. All chapters have one or more of these boxes, and you can rapidly remember the context surrounding the concepts as you read them.

Anyway, I included Ezequiel's notes here because some people may feel confortable using them as a revision resource. I just didn't work for me, but may work for you.

Finally, I recommend Mikalai Zaikin's Magnet Mocker engine. Now it has 3 quizes besides the ICE exam and they are very useful to test your skills. I would like to thank MZ for the time and effort he put on this.

Regards,
Stefan
 
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Originally posted by Stefan Guilhen:

Finally, I recommend Mikalai Zaikin's Magnet Mocker engine. Now it has 3 quizes besides the ICE exam and they are very useful to test your skills. I would like to thank MZ for the time and effort he put on this.

Regards,
Stefan


Hey, Stefan ! Congratulations !!!
Not sure if anyboy else here scored more on 000-486
Also, I am so delighted to know that my Magnet Mocker was useful.

regards,
MZ
 
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Congratulations
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Well done!!!

What's next?

Nick
 
Jesus Angeles
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stefan, congrats!

may i ask if these 2 are the correct books and editions, that you mentioned:

1) UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, Third Edition (Paperback) by Martin Fowler

2) Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and the Unified Process (2nd Edition) (Hardcover) by Craig Larman
 
Vikrama Sanjeeva
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Congratulations!

95% in 486 is the highest I've seen/heard ever. Great job man. What is your expereince with OOAD+UML exlcuding reading Fowler and Larman's book?

Bye,
Viki.
 
Stefan Guilhen
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What's next?


Hi Nicholas, I'm now back to the java certification track. Planning to take SCWCD in one month, as I already read HF Servlets and I'm now in revision process. I probably could take this test sooner, but I like to read the specs

may i ask if these 2 are the correct books and editions, that you mentioned:

1) UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, Third Edition (Paperback) by Martin Fowler

2) Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and the Unified Process (2nd Edition) (Hardcover) by Craig Larman


Hi Jesus,
Yes, these are the two books and editions that I used. However, keep in mind that the recommended edition for this test of UML Distilled is the Second one. The third edition cover the 2.0 version of the UML and introduces new notations and diagrams. I had no problem reading this edition because the book explains what changed since the last version of the UML. So you just have to be aware of these differences for the exam.
Botton line is: if you can get (borrow) the second edition it may be more appropriate for this test. But, if you are thinking about buying this book, you can buy the third edition as it covers the current UML and you should not have any problems as long as you identify what changed.

What is your expereince with OOAD+UML exlcuding reading Fowler and Larman's book?


Hi Viki,
I've been using the UML for about 4-5 years now, but my experience in OOAD was limited to my own projects as I was not responsible for the analysis and design of the systems developed by the company I worked for. However I am always trying to improve the quality of my designs and I developed an increased interest in OOAD and Patterns. I think this may have helped me to get a good score

Regards,
Stefan
 
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Well done!!! Great scores!!
 
Leon Chen
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Well done!!! Great scores!!
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Originally posted by Stefan Guilhen:

Enterprise Connectivity - Exam 484

Overall it is not a hard exam, but you can expect some hard questions. I read both HF-EJB and HF Servlets and they cover the majority of the test. For the connectivity services I used the tutorials posted in this thread.
Time should not be a problem. I had about 35 minutes left to revise the questions.



Is this tutorial very similar with the real exam or it is very easier ?

Regards,
 
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