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Arc2patterns course material

 
Keith Shacks
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Folks

Has anyone tried out the arc2patterns study guide for partII & part III of SCEA. ? If so can you please provide feedback on the same .

Also is their part-I study guide sufficient for passing part-I scea ? Someone had mentioned earlier that they had some of the answers mentioned wrong in their study guide for part-I.

I want to be sure before I but their product so any feedback would be awesome.

Thanks

Keith
 
yogesh shekhawat
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Hi Keith,
Arc2 study material for part 2-3 is pretty much based on sun blueprint sample application pet store and sun blue print guide lines which is good but in my opinion , It will add lot of value to this material and make it more complete practical guide for exam if there are multiple case study with in depth analysis of different architectural choices based on specific application requirement like how to effectively use web services in your j2ee application . In addition to this study material, I am doing detailed study of architect of sun Adventure builder sample application and studying book like �Expert one on one J2ee Design and development� Rod johnson.

As far as Part 1 is considered , I find part 1 mock exam more useful if it provides software also which could simulate actual exam. Also by customizing it to different topics you could focus on specific portion of exam while preparing for each topic. There are some mistakes in almost all mock exams I have seen so far which I think could be improved by vesting some more time and hard work.

Here are sun blueprint application Design guidelines links for PetStore and Adventure Builder which you might find useful for this exam.

http://java.sun.com/blueprints/guidelines/designing_enterprise_applications_2e/app-arch/app-arch5.html

http://java.sun.com/blueprints/code/adventure/1.0/docs/architecture.html

thanks and regards,
Yogesh
 
Ray Ye
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Hi Keith,

Sorry that I could not reply ealier. I just cleared part I with 93%.

I used step1 from Arc2Patterns, I could not answer your question without actually taking the test and getting a feeling of its materials compared with actual test :-)

Now that I took the test and passed it, I can say its materials is good, probably sufficient to pass, but if you need a good score, I think reading the EJB spec is essential.

There are some typos, duplicates, grammar errors together with a very small number of wrong answers (confirmed from its support team). But honestly speaking, I could not persuade myself to agree with some (small number of) answers it provided to some real hard questions, fortunately,the actual test seems a bit easier and always give you the hint on how many answers should be selected.

Overall, Step1 from Arc2Patterns is good, par with the exam's objective and difficulty level (a bit higher in Arc2Patterns).

Remember reading the EJB Spec!

Cheers,
 
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