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Cleared Part-1

 
Arun Rajamani
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Phew! Cleared Part-1 with 93% (answered 3 Qs incorrectly - silly mistakes in Security - I guess)
To summarise the exam itself, it was tough. The questions were good - requires a thorough reading of a vast number of subjects. SOme of them tested the subtleties of the different EJBs. There were quite a few scenario type questions.
I guess Sun has succeeded in that respect - keeping up the standard of its exam.
Apart from the obvious, the good thing about the exam is that it focuses you to read/revise/update topics that one would not have done in a normal busy schedule.
I used Sun's Guide (MArk Cade et al) - though didn't cover all the topics nor any topic in depth - it was a good starting point - more like a table of contents.
For EJBs I used both the standard EJB books (Ed Roman's 2nd Edition and Monson-Haefel's 3rd Edition). Be careful while using Monson-Haefel's book - as this edition covers EJB 2.0 and a few errors have crept in, in the author's attempt to squeeze in Local Interfaces/differentiate Local and Remote Interfaces/differentiate EJB 1.1 and 2.0.
For design patterns I used GoF's book (personally I would love to see a Enterprise Java version/'translation' by the GoF authors) and UML Distilled.
Core J2EE Patterns (Alur et al) and EJB Design Patterns (Floyd Marinescu) are really good books from a designer/architect's point of view - offer a more practical (and J2EE oriented) list of design patterns than the GoF patterns. These 2 books helped me in the scenario/concept areas.
My experience as an architect also helped in some of the sticky questions.
This forum has been really good and helpful. Ian's mock test's are good. Thanks guys.

Now to wait for Sun to give me the assignment .......
Cheers,
Arun
(arunkrajamani@yahoo.com)
 
Terry Wang
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congratulations! and thanks for sharing exp.
 
Ian B Anderson
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Congratulations Arun!
Ian
 
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