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Passed Part I 97%

 
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I would really like to thank Leo Crawford and John Wetherbie for their notes - I probably used them more than the Cade/Roberts book. I also used the book "Applied Java Patterns" - but after taking the test I think the SCEA study guide would have sufficed for design patterns (not that "Applied Java Patterns" isn't a fine book). I used the Monson-Haefel book as a cross-reference to the notes/study guides above, but not too much (I've got a little hands-on with EJBs - if you don't have hand-on it is probably required reading).
I also used Whizlab's SCEA prep software. Without going into too much detail, I give their prep software a B- as study aid and a D+ as comercial software. The scenario questions, although usually badly worded, were similar in nature to the test. The patterns question were horrible. Simply repeating a one paragraph definition of a particular pattern is not an explanation of why a pattern is or is not a suitable answer. I also didn't agree with a lot of the answers given, but when the questions are so vague and badly worded - it doesn't make much difference. Bottom line: if you have the money to spare, whizlabs has the best mock exams of any I have tried (all others being free ones referenced from this site, so this isn't exactly a "rave" review) - so it might be worth it to you to try it out. If you really know the material it cannot really help you learn anything except to give you a feel for the types of question that will be asked.
 
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I would also like to thank all the other members of JavaRanch who share their knowlege. This is a good site, both as a cert prep resource and as a knowlege base for all things Java.
 
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Del,
Congratulations and welcome to Part II
 
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Congrats Del !
Thanks for the tips !
Ajay Rana
 
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Del that's a great score.
What area did you miss 3% in?
How much professional J2EE experience
do you have?
 
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missed one question on EJB (46/47 right). Not sure which one.
I've been doing Java for over 4 years with 3 years J2EE (WebSphere 3.0 and 3.5, WebLogic 5.1, 6 and 6.1). To be honest, most projects I've been a part of either didn't need (or allow ) EJBs or only needed Stateless Session Beans for CMTs. I played around with Entity Beans using JBoss at home to get "hands on" - it was "enough", I guess.
 
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hey Rufus, which do you prefer: "rednecks" or "short people"?
 
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Maybe I'm a little slow but I don't get what you are referencing Del...

Originally posted by Del Edwards:
hey Rufus, which do you prefer: "rednecks" or "short people"?

 
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I figured Rufus for a Randy Newman fan......
 
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Where can I get notes by Crawford and Wetherbie?
Are they free? I am completely new to this site. Thanks in advance.
 
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Originally posted by Del Edwards:
I would really like to thank Leo Crawford and John Wetherbie for their notes


Where can I find these notes ?
 
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Did you had questions on
- J2EE design patterns?
http://java.sun.com/blueprints/patterns/catalog.html
- EJB 2.0?
I'm currently using the SCEA@whiz mock test and there are questions on these topics.
Regards
Alain Hsiung
 
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