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Passed Part I

 
Vivek Viswanathan
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Passed Part I with 87%
Here is the break up of the marks
Concepts --------------------------- 100%
Common Architectures -----------83%
Legacy Connectivity --------------100%
EJB-----------------------------------66%
EJB container model --------------100%
Protocols ----------------------------100%
Application of J2EE----------------100%
Design Patters ----------------------80%
Messaging --------------------------100%
Internationalization-----------------50%
Security ------------------------------100%
The Architect Certification contains a lot of topics, but you have to go deep only into a few of the important topics like Design Patterns, EJB, EJB Container Model, UML. For the rest of the topics, you should know and understand only the concepts, like for JMS you need not know the API for JMS but you should know the various types of messaging modes like Publish/Subscribe and Topic Queue.
The exam contained about (as far as I can remember)
2 questions from internationalization,
6 questions from UML - they were really very simple, as compared to what I had expected.
9 question from EJB and EJB Container model.
4 questions from Design Patters - some of the questions were easy, while others were about the type of design patters used in EJB design. You really have to understand and use design patters for these kind of questions - I would suggest reading the 'Gang of 4' book on design patterns and also reading the book ' Java Design Patterns' to see the corresponding implementation in Java, since all the implementation in the 'Gang of 4' book is in C++, which is quite easy to understand provided you know C++.
There were many design questions involving designing of J2EE system under the specified requirements, some of the questions had about 7 options - it really scared me, but all that you have to do is take a deep breath and think.
There were also design questions involving integrating with legacy system (John's notes will really help you here)
Applet security is important, read the FAQ on applet security from the sun site.
That is all that I can remember.

I guess I will be relaxing for sometime before I purchase the coupon for the remaining 2 parts.
Vivek Viswanathan
SCJP2, SCJD, SCEA Part I
 
Rahul Mahindrakar
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Congrats Vivek and welcome to the Club of SCJEA (Part I)
 
John Wetherbie
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Congrats on passing part 1!
John
 
Vivek Viswanathan
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Thanx John
your notes on Legacy Systems and i18n, l11n helped a lot
Vivek Viswanathan
 
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