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I passed part I - thank you all

 
Omar Ocampo
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Hi
I took the first part of SCEA and got 89%. Here is the breakdown:
Concepts ....83
Common Architecture ....66
Legacy Connectivity ....100
EJB ....................77
EJB container Model ....100
Protocols ..............100
Applicability of J2EE ..100
Design Pattern .........100
Messaging ..............100
Internationalization ...100
Security ...............100
I spent about 80 hours studying for the exam. I studied approx 10 hours a day for 8 days. I admint that I've been developing J2EE applications for about 2 years now. So I had a lot of hands on experience. Nevertheless, I don't think I'd have passed or at least done so well if it wasn't for this group.
The reason I'm taking time to post this message is to thank everyone who has conributed to this group in one way or the other (by asking questions, answering them and/or by posting their study notes). The other reason is to provide my own contribution to this group.
I had two questions about load balancing and https that were answered in this article: Load Balancing Web App So if you read and understand this article you will be able to answer the dns, https, and load-blancing questions.
I had a couple of question regarding when to use screen-scrapers and ojbect mapping and also about their definition. For this you can look at John Wetherbie notes as well as Simon's web site http://www.x-nt.com/j2ee.html
I had about 5 or 6 question about design pattern. They were very easy questions. One thing to note is that Sun's course (GB-SL-500) covers only Adapter, Facade, Proxy, Iterator, Observer, Mediator, Factory Method, Abstract Factory, Singleton and Builder. All my design pattern questions were about these patterns. A good and short explanation of these patterns can be found hereDesing Pattern Site
UML questions are also very easy. As everyone recommends UML Distilled by Martin Fowler is the best source for this. In fact one of my questions showed me an activity diagram, which was almost identical to the activity diagram shown on page 130.
I think this (in addition to previous postings) should give you a good idea of what sort of questions to expect. Just like others have said "The SCEA is a mile wide and an inch deep"
There are two good documents that I found on the net, cannot remember from where, that I would like to post to this group. I think people studying for part I will find these documents very useful. If anybody knows how to add attachements to this group, please let me know and I will add these documents.
Good luck and have fun stuyding.
Omar
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Ghulam Rashid
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Hi Omar,
Its really nice score. Well done.
Congratulation
Rashid
 
Chris Jin
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Omar,
Congratulations!
Thanks for the information as well. Do you have more resources or links for legacy connectivity?
Thanks
Chris
 
Chris Jin
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Omar,
Congratulations!
Thanks for the information as well. Do you have more resources or links for legacy connectivity?
Thanks
Chris
 
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narayanan
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Congrajulations Omar.
regards
Narayanan
SCJP2, SCEA (Part 1)
 
Johny Sam
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Hi Omar,
You said there are two good documents that you found on the net, to study for part 1.
Could you post the "links" for the documents, if not we do not know how to attach.
Thanks in advance.
Also, I would like to know, does the wrong answers in the exam carry negative marks?
 
Omar Ocampo
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Hi,
I think I got one of the document from this site SCEA_J2EE Group But you need to become a yahoo member in order to join the group.
If you send me an email I can reply you back with the two documents.
wrt your other question, wrong answers don't count against you. That is, there is no negative score. So, no point of leaving anything unanswered.
 
Chris Jin
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Anil,
Thanks for the links.
Chris
 
Johny Sam
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Omar,
Could you please send me the documents to this email address: johnysamca@yahoo.ca
Very many thanks.
 
shailesh sonavadekar
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congratulations , omar. all the very best for the rest of the parts.
Shailesh.
 
Atif Shah
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hi omer,
congrats.... good luck for further exams if you plan to give..
could you please send me the Documents you are talking about and possible resourses which can help me. atifabbas@yahoo.com
Can any one tell me when one should decid that he/she is ready for the test.
Regards
at
 
narayanan
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Hi Atif,
Its very difficult to say one is prepared for the exam. As extensive mocks are not available general fear is there before exam. Dont get in to tensions. Dont worry about time as sufficient time is available. Try to read as much as possible in to UML, EJB, Design Patterns.
Best of Luck.
Regards
Narayanan
SCJP2, SCEA (Part 1)
 
Johny Sam
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Hi Omar,
The Design Pattern site that you have mentioned, Is that enough to understand the design patterns for the exam? Or does it need more reading?
Your reply is appreciated.
Thankx.
 
Omar Ocampo
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Hi,
I suppose if you don't know the OO Design Patterns, then that site I provided is not enough to learn them. That site is more of a refresher than anything else. But since you are studying to be an architect, I strongly recommend that you at least well learn all the patterns I mentioned on my first posting from either "Design Patters" by Gamma et al, or "Patterns in Java" by Mark Grand.
As far as when do you know when you are ready to take the exam? In my case, it was when I was able to read summary notes provided by other people and was confident that everything they talked about I knew. For example, if you can read John Wetherbie notes, Simon's notes at http://www.x-nt.com/j2ee.html and the couple of documents that I mentioned in my first posting, and Know that you understand everthing these documents are talking about, then you are defenitly READY !!
Of course, understanding these notes doesn't mean that you are now a full fletch Java Architect. All it means is that you are ready to take the SCEA part I, and that you are on your way to becaming a full fletch Java Architect.
Good luck and remember to enjoy your studying !!
IMHO, the journey is the best part of this certification.
Omar
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Mahendra Dhamdhere
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Omar,
Congratulations!!
Can you tell me name of those 2 document files that you found on yahoo group?
I am a member of that group. I can download those docs from that group.
Thanks
 
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Hi,
Go to
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/
You will find all the documents...
 
Mahendra Dhamdhere
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There are lot of docs. Which two omar was talking about?
 
Omar Ocampo
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Hey folks,
Due to the enormous requests on these documents and the fact that I can't remember where I found them from. I decided to post them at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/ the file name is StudyNotes.zip which have the following created date: 02/14/2002.
Again, if you know how to make them available on this site, please do so. That way, folks who are not member of yahoo scea_j2ee group can still have acces to them.
Omar
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