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Part I: failed before even started, then passed within an hour

 
Gennady Shapiro
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I managed to GPF the testing application before I even pressed the "Start" button. Well, aparently, once you entered your ID you have 'begun' the exam whether you finished it or not. After connection was terminated I was id-ed by Prometric as failure and not allowed back in. The local admins called Prometric tech support trying re-enable my status. The prometric support girl knew nothing about it and kept shoving Sun's number down my throat so I'd call them and take it up with them at my later convinience. I dont understand the bureaucracy behind Sun-Prometric agreement, but Prometric stinks big time, simply because they trying too hard to cut costs and put high school dropout idiots in tech support and hope nothing happens. Half hour of yelling later I got thorugh to Sun and they fixed it within 10 minutes.
By that time I was getting a little agitated and a little warm (it was 90 degrees today in NY and central air in the building did not yet fully kicked in). I proposed I would take the exam naked if they gave a few brownie points but that didn't fly.
Anyways, I scored 87%, not bad considering what I just had been through, my fellow canditate on my right who kept making strange bodily sounds and the fella on my left who kept talking to god.

Well, the academic experience of that was:
1. UML, design patterns, Messaging and Internatinalization are shamefully simple - kinda devalues the whole thing. These are free points.
2. EJB and container are a huge part of the test, but dont bother with lower level details -- they dont ask that. What they do ask what happens if? what approach should you take if architecture is such and such? should you go with session or entity if you want to do ... say transactions?
If you know concepts its a walk in the park.
3. Security. Dont bother with web security -- encription, digests, blah blah...concentrate on java security -- signing jars, what goes into certificates, keystores, etc.
4. Legacy connectivity. I will not render advice here , scored only 66%.
5. Protocols, Common architectures, Applicability of J2EE together feel like 60-70% of the exam. They give you real life problem and you have to pick the right solutions. The questions are large -- its takes a lot of writing to explain a scenario. Wording could be misinterpreted.
Took me a full hour to comlete it.
The entire exam isn't difficult, but not too trivial either.
I also have to say Sun's J2EE Arch. guide book kinda sucks. It's a good summary of what you need to know, but that knowledge is insufficient and highly generalized, especially design patterns -- a great example of how not explain the material. Buy it only if you are a highly paid cosultant and $40 is pocket change for you.
UML Explained is pretty good -- brief, concise, right to the point, no bs.
Mastering EJB is good, espesially for beginners, but its more than enough this test.
Firewalls, protocols, loadbalancing, failover I just knew well from practical experience.
Good luck all.
 
Bagwan Mehrat
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Great job! That's a good score.
It's so funny that you GPF'ed your application! You didn't take the test at a Prometrics test center, though?
 
Ian B Anderson
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Congratulations and thanks for all the advice!
Ian
 
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Congrats Gennady. Another test bites the dust. Good Luck on part II, but I already know you will pass easily.
Mark
 
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My friend! As I am planning to take the exam in this month. I have read Master EJB version 2 and UML Reference Guide.
Is there any MUST read documents or books that I should have before? Or do you have any recommended resources for me please?
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Congratulations Gennady!
There seem to be a rash of test crashes posted on this board the past week.
Great score and thank you for sharing your experiences.
 
Gennady Shapiro
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The following reading I would recommend:
UML Explained - very thin concise book, wont pollute your brain.
Mastering EJB - doesnt matter which edition. Everyone says its an excellent book and I concur.
Here's what I did for Java security, internationalization, networking -- go to www.javaworld.com, they have great articles about that. I learned a lot about encryption theory, even though its a little out of the scope of this exam -- it's just good stuff.
Java 2 Unleashed is a good book in general if you need to look something up.
Design patterns is a tricky one. Almost everyone praises Design Patterns by Gamma,Helm... I think this book is highly abstracted and generalized, they discuss patterns on complex problems and make you go into business details, plus they give examples in C++, which is fine but I am having trouble to read this code lately. The language is cumbersome, although the chapters on OOP are good. I know a good site about Design patterns - http://exciton.cs.oberlin.edu/javaresources/DesignPatterns/. Great stuff.
I would also recommend reading J2EE Blueprint on Suns site, chapters about architecture and connectivity. Because most problems on the test involve that.
 
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