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Passed Part I / 93% - Tips

 
Terry McKee
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Thanks to everyone for your useful posts. I was very happy to pass with 93% missing a few questions in the Common Architectures ans EJB sections.

Resources I used:

Head First EJB
Head First Design Patterns
J2EE Specification <-- ESSENTIAL
Design Patterns
Architecture Enterprise Solutions <--- VERY GOOD BOOK

I also used Whizlabs J2EE Mock Exams. I would recommend using them because they help to get you in the right mode of thinking. However, there are so many ambiguous questions and some incorrect questions that I would be very careful.

I didn't study very much for this exam an hour or so over the past couple of weeks. But I already took the SCBCD exam which focuses heavily on the EJB side of things.

For the first part of the exam don't worry about any design patterns except for GOF. While there are further patterns that will be essential in the 2nd part, they are not covered in the 1st part of the exam.

Let me know if you have any questions.
 
Sanjay Murugesan
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Congratulations.. Thats some gr8 score!! .. Did you follow any other book/notes than you had mentioned here ? I had already bought Head first patterns and UML book .. Do you suggest any other book for us ?
Also, it would be helpful to us if you can let us konw which objectives need more focus than others.
Thanks in advance and congrats once again.
 
ravi janap
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Terry

Congratulations. Could you please provide more details regarding the author and publisher of Architecture Enterprise Solutions book mentioned by you in your posting.

Thanks

-- Ravi
 
Terry McKee
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Architecting Enterprise Solutions is written by Paul Dyson and Andy Longshaw. I picked it up at Borders, but you can probably get it at any store that has a good line of computer books. It's really a great book that helps with part 1 and should help with part 2.

The J2EE spec really should be studied too. I think that the majority of questions are answered directly in the J2EE spec.

I was surprised at some of the questions on the test. I think the key with this test is simply being a voracious reader. The questions just go over so much material. If you haven't taken the SCBCD exam, I would recommend that too. (Baby Steps ) I must emphasize again...don't spend any time reading about any design patterns other than GOF -- it's just a waste of time (at least for the 1st part, obviously for the 2nd part it will be essential).

Another thing is to become familiar with the enterprise products that are out there today. What is TIBCO, MQSeries, AS/400, CICS, VT/100? If you read enough in all of these books you will come across these things. It's important to know what they are.
[ May 09, 2005: Message edited by: Terry McKee ]
 
David Follow
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Hi,

congrats.
What EJB Spec. would you recommend to read EJB1.1 or EJB2.0?

D.
 
Terry McKee
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I reviewed the EJB 2.0 spec and J2EE 1.2 Documentation. Pay special attention to the J2EE 1.2 Documentation!!! You know, I didn't look at the J2EE 1.3 spec, but that might not be a bad idea either.

J2EE 1.2 - http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.2/reference/docs/index.html
J2EE 1.3 - http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.3/docs/index.html
EJB 2.0 - http://java.sun.com/products/ejb/docs.html#specs
 
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