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Phew!! Passed part 1

 
Amanda Waite
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Hi all,
Well I passed part 1 )
The questions were more conceptual than I expected with not a single line of Java Code in the questions or the exhibits. I felt that many of the questions (or the answers) were poorly worded and a couple of times I found myself having to select the a third answer when that answer was dubious at best. About 5 questions on Design patterns, about 4 questions that included firewalls, probably 4 UML questions although 1 question presented a Sequence diagram but talked about the objects involved and not directly about the diagram itself. Only a couple of transactional questions and these focused on accessing legacy systems. There seemed to be quite a lot of questions that involved legacy systems. There were also questions on Corba and it's features. The rest of the questions were EJB-centric. When to use a particular type of bean seemed popular as well as the design patterns used in particular aspects of EJB implementation.
I didn't get any questions on Active Replication of distributed objects nor really any questions on JSP/Servlet implementation. Oh, I did get about 5 questions on JMS or that included JMS as an answer.
I'll post a list of the resources that I used later today, but they are much the same as everyone else has listed, with the exception that I did attend the Sun EJB course and the course notes make much more sense when coupled with the Monson-Haefel book.
See ya
Amanda
 
Sandeep Chaturvedi
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Congratulations Amanda,
Wishing you the best for the next part.
I am also starting to prepare for the exam. I cleared the SCJP and skipping SCJD as I think Architecture exam is more relevant in current scenario (my coding skills are tested anyway on a daily basis!)
I need advice from you and other participants on this forum:
Even though I have long experience in software I have never used design patterns directly and have some experience in UML/EJBs. Giving myself 3 months, do you recommend preparing all the sublects (design patterns, UML, EJB) parellely or should I follow a sequence.
I have started going thru Design Patterns (Gamma et al) but just wondering when to start UML (Fowler or some other??) (after I understand some patterns or right away!)
Also, are there any website's other thna this one fully dedicated to the Architect Exam.
I appreciate your and other participant's help.
 
John Wetherbie
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Congratulations, Amanda!
On to part II!
John
 
Bidyut Padhi
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Congrats Amanda!
Please Mention your %age as total.
If you will give little breef discussion on Legacy connectivity I will be greate full to you.What topic/Link You refer for This Objective .
I am trying to go for the same asap.
regards
Bidyut
[This message has been edited by Bidyut Padhi (edited February 05, 2001).]
 
Rahul Mahindrakar
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Congrats Amanda,
We are waiting ..... for your links to success.
 
Amanda Waite
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Hi Bidyut,
Thanks, I somehow managed to get a total of 89%.
As for discussing Legacy connectivity, I'll try and help if you have any specific questions. As far as I'm concerned everything that's not Java is Legacy :rolleyes
Jamie Jaworski's book "Java 2 Certification" has a chapter on Legacy connectivity. It's targeted at the old Architect exam but it's still relevant.
Good Luck!
Amanda
Originally posted by Bidyut Padhi:
Congrats Amanda!
Please Mention your %age as total.
If you will give little breef discussion on Legacy connectivity I will be greate full to you.What topic/Link You refer for This Objective .
I am trying to go for the same asap.
regards
Bidyut
[This message has been edited by Bidyut Padhi (edited February 05, 2001).]

 
Amanda Waite
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How come my smilie didn't work???
Oh pooh, the FAQ says that it should be and not :rolleyes.
Amanda
 
Amanda Waite
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Originally posted by Rahul Mahindrakar:
Congrats Amanda,
We are waiting ..... for your links to success.


Thanks. My links to success seem to be similar to everyone else's.
Instead of using bookmarks, you could try working from the following URL:
http://www.certificationguru.com/javaarchitectresources.html
Anything that I've not specifically linked to can be found here.
Books:
Enterprise JavaBeans - Monson-Haefel (O'Reilly)
Designing Enterprise Apps with J2EE - Nicholas Kassem
UML Distilled - Martin Fowler
For I18N:
http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/Books/Essentials
Helps to jog the memory
For security and Firewalls:
No suggestions. I already know lots about these subjects.
For JMS:
http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-02-2000/jw-02-jmsxml.html
Is good. It's XML-centric but there isn't much information out there on JMS and unless you are already using Enterprise Messaging you may find it difficult to learn much.
For Design Patterns:
I avoided the Gang of Four book, it looks sooooo dull. I hunted around for Design Patterns as applied to Java and as I learnt more the more I was able to apply them to the J2EE model.
Try http://www.mindspring.com/~mgrand/
For a reference that can help jog the memory when revising
Or http://www.patterndepot.com/put/8/JavaPatterns.htm
for a bigger reference that focuses on JFC
For UML:
I took the DigitalThink "UML Fundamentals" course. It's ok, but it the examples are rubbish and you have to submit all your answers for the course project as GIF files. Also the Course Project is a mess and they overuse <<Stereotypes>>.
For EJB:
I tooks Sun's EJB Programming course, it was more about the mechanics than the concepts. It's probably better to know *why* you are doing something before you learn *how* to do something.
For Data Access Objects (DAO):
The Kassem book has this covered. In fact DAO's are really useful and I should use them more.
For Active Replication:
http://studsys.mscs.mu.edu/~hli/Dist2000/FinalExam.html
Talks about Active Replication and Fault Tolerance
ftp://ftp.omg.org/pub/docs/ptc/00-03-04.pdf
Is the OMG draft for Fault Tolerant Corba
Online Tests:
IBM's Ice Test is good but it's more about implementation than concepts
Prasks mock exam is ok, as long as you don't care to much if his answers are right.
The Jaworski exam is probably the most useful although it is based on the old Architect exam.
Amit Jnagels test is OK, although the applet is broken.
BrainBench's EJB test is good, it's quite tough but again it's more implementation specific than conceptual.
If you can't answer all of Sun's EJB test questions correctly then you probably shouldn't bother.
That's about all there is to say really. I hope it helps but really if you want to pass then you probably need to do more than just read.
Amanda
 
Bidyut Padhi
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Hi Amanda
Thanks a lot for the Links you given .
Your %age is good and Best of luck for the Part II .
I will ask you few queries about Legacy connectivity later.
I am now going througn Objective Messaging I studied JMS2.0 docs of Sun Microsystem.
Please let me know that In Messaging One Objective talks to List
Benifits of Synchronous and Asynchronous Messaging.
How to go about it.
help me out.
Bidyut
 
Rahul Mahindrakar
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Thanks Amanda Waite,
Hope you keep coming down to Javaranch to clear peoples doubts over here and Best of Luck for Part II and Part III

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Regds.
Mahindrakar
 
Vladan Radovanovic
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I just wanted to say that 89% is a very nice score.
Congratulations.
Vladan
 
Gurumurthy Ramamurthy
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Hi,

Have you started PART II???
If so, how one can start?

1. First purchase voucher for $250
2. We will get password for downloading the assignments??

I am not very clear about this work-flow?

Thanks,
Guru
 
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