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Passed part I

 
J�rgen Iversen
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I took the SCEA part I exam and passed with 85% yesterday.

I have 1 year of J2EE experience and spent 60 hours on preparing for the exam.

I used

  • Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide by Mark Cade, Simon Roberts (Very good to get an overview, but not very detailed)
  • Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide by Paul Allen and Joseph Bambara (horrible book, contains a lot of bugs and to many useless pages (pages with printouts from test program for instance), but it is more detailed than Cade and Roberts)
  • Design Patterns by GoF (More details on design patterns than Cade and Roberts, and a real classic)
  • UML Distilled 2.0 by Martin Fowler (probably not a good idea, since the version used in the exam is 1.x)
  • http://www.leocrawford.org.uk/work/jcea/part1/index.html (great summary page)
  • Whizlabs exam preparation kit (Also contains some bugs, but when you are aware of it it's a great help. I got around 73% on almost all test exams, so the questions are probably a little harder then the real exam)


  • A few questions surprised me on the exam. Technical questions about B2B and a question requiring me to know what a specific vendors product is used for.

    I Hope this information is usefull!

    Cheers,
    J�rgen
     
    Tanveer Ahmad
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    Hi J�rgen Iversen,
    Congratulation on clearing part 1. Could you please tell me how are you planning to go for PART 2 & 3. I also have 1 years of exp in J2EE.

    Thanks
    Tanveer
     
    J�rgen Iversen
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    Hi Tanveer,

    I can't say that I have started thinking on part II, but I guess that when I get around to it I will read a book about enterprise patterns (I have heard that Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture by Martin Fowler should be good), and I will probably look for some free UML-tools (can anyone recommend something?). From what I have heard it is best too finish the assignment fast when you have begun (my work colleagues thinks it can be done in 1-2 weeks), because otherwise it will take forever since you keep forgetting why you took a certain design decision.

    Part III should be a walk in the park if you have done part II yourself, and if you take it immediately after you hand in part II you don't have to prepare. At least that is what I have heard from colleagues at work.
     
    Alim Atar
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    hey congrats man nice score and all the best for part II and III.
    cheers,
    -Alim
     
    Piotr Uryga
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    Originally posted by J�rgen Iversen:
    I took the SCEA part I exam and passed with 85% yesterday.


  • [list]Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide by Mark Cade, Simon Roberts (Very good to get an overview, but not very detailed)
  • Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide by Paul Allen and Joseph Bambara (horrible book, contains a lot of bugs and to many useless pages (pages with printouts from test program for instance), but it is more detailed than Cade and Roberts)


  • I totally agree with Your statements about both books. Reading Allen/Bambara book is sometimes frustrating.
     
    Vassili Vladimir
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    Congrats
     
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