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Valentin Crettaz
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I just came back from the test center and I figured why not summarize my experience while it's still hot...

Basically, even though this is *just* a multiple-choice exam, you better understand what you have learnt before taking it. Merely reading the specs and a book or two won't suffice at all, I promise. You should really experiment all the different technologies in the Java web services realm, this is the only way to go. In my opinion, there are way too many details if you just want to learn stuff by heart and expect to run your JIT guesser neuron during the exam...

Seriously, apart from reading the specs, get yourself the Java Web Services Developer Pack if not already done and start coding like a crazy. I know what you are going to say: it takes time. Yes, it does, but that's the only way you are going to effectively remember what you learn and, most importantly, understand what you read.

As Nicholas said, there were very few coding questions and close to no question asking "Which of the following methods are declared in the SOAPHeader class?" where you have to cast an answer based on the parameter and return types or some other dummy criteria. This time, they got it right The DnD questions worked out pretty well for me.

There were quite a number of "case study" questions where a problem is stated and you have to deduce the correct answer and not only fetch it from your RAM.

Bottom line: Get your hands in the dirt and you'll be rewarded appropriately. After all, this is what a certification is all about, isn't it?

The beta session ends this Sunday, so this might be useful to other people taking the official exam when it will be released... In the meantime, I wish you all a happy studying I'm gonna get myself a big (well-earned) beer
[ June 03, 2004: Message edited by: Valentin Crettaz ]
 
Serge Adzinets
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Originally posted by Valentin Crettaz:

As Nicholas said, there were very few coding questions and close to no question asking "Which of the following methods are declared in the SOAPHeader class?" where you have to cast an answer based on the parameter and return types or some other dummy criteria. This time, they got it right


Glad to know Sun exams are going away from 'cram and pass' formula
 
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