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Are pattern questions really limited to GoF patterns?

 
Kevin Thompson
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I recently returned to studying for my architect exam. It was always my understanding, that the pattern questions on the architect exam were limited to the patterns within the GoF book. I have posts from JavaRanch that say this also. However, I noticed on a number of mockexams that they include many patterns that are NOT in the GoF book.
This is a "worry item" for me.
Here is what Sun says:
SECTION 7: DESIGN PATTERNS
1.)Identify the most appropriate design pattern for a given scenario
2.)Identify the benefits of using design patterns
3.)State the name of a Gamma et al.design pattern given the UML diagram and/or a brief description of the pattern's functionality
4.)Identify benefits of a specified Gamma et al.design pattern
5.)Identify the Gamma et al.design pattern associated with a specified J2EE technology feature
So what is the deal? Technically, item 1 & 2 above does not include the words "Gamma et al.", so I don't know what to think.
If the "master list" of patterns to study from is not the GoF book, then what exactly is the "master list" of patterns to study from?
thanks!
Kevin Thompson
[ August 13, 2002: Message edited by: Kevin Thompson ]
 
Byron Estes
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Kevin,
I just took my exam and there were no questions on patterns that do not appear in th Gof4 book.
I believe the "Gamma, et al" (and others) refers not to other books but to the rest of the authors of the "Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object Oriented Software" that is commonly referred to as the Gof4 or "Gang of four" book.

The Gof4 book was written by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides.
Hope this helps,
 
Kevin Thompson
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Bryon, that is good news!
Yes, I knew that "Gamma et. al" meant the GoF book, and I knew who wrote it. (I posted that to support my general assumption that the pattern questions are supposed to be from GoF book.)
However, the first two objectives, don't actually say "Gamma et al", so I guess if they threw in J2EE patterns like Business Delegate, Data Access Object, Transfer Object, and Service to Worker, they would be following the stated objectives.
However, if the Part I pattern questions are limited to the patterns in GoF, that is very good news. I already know the GoF patterns, so I should be OK for the exam.
thanks!
Kevin Thompson
 
Sanjay Raghavan
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Kevin,
The current version of the exam only covers the 23 GOF patterns. It is my guess that when the exam is upgraded (in a month of two), Core J2EE patterns would get included.
 
Kevin Thompson
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!! The exam is being updated??
If the exam is being updated in a month or two, then I should not be taking the exam now. What is the source of your information? Is it a reliable source?
I know for the Programmers exam, they might change some questions, however, the title of the certification is still the same.
For example : The people who take the "1.2" exam, and the "1.3" exam, and the "1.4" exam all end up with certificates that say the same thing "Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform".
Is this same type of thing happening with architect exam?
Or is the exam number changing? Exam title changing? Certification title changing?
Kevin Thompson
 
JiaPei Jen
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To my understanding, the kind of changes to SCEA will be similar to those of SCJP. And EJB 2.0 instead of EJB 1.1 will be tested.
 
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