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What exactly is assesed in part 2 of the SCEA 5.0 exam?

 
Anup Francis
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Hi ranchers,

What do you guys think about part 2 of the scea exam?
Is it just about designing an enterprise application using UML artifacts
or is there is more to it?

Does one have to be an expert on UML to be able to design an app and also
is UML flexible enough to take care of all the concerns we might have while
designing an application.
 
Theodore Casser
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Having survived the SCEA Part II twice (once for the original, and once for Java EE 5)... I think there's more to it than just trying to come up with the "right" UML to solve the problem that's being posed. It's about showing how you solve a relatively complex problem, and knowing how to apply the right Java technologies, and then conveying that in a manner that's clear to the programmers who are left to implement the design.

You can be fully fluent in UML and still come up with an indistinct or sub-par design when it comes to the solution. The exam's not really testing your fluency in creating UML diagrams (though your adherence to UML is expected). Bear in mind that the new Part II also requires answering a few additional questions as to the requirements, which talk to how well you've read the requirements that were provided and have designed the system to take into account other factors - granted, these are also addressed in Part III, but still, it's nice to see them considered once more in Part II with the UML design.

I do have to say that I liked the new Part II better than the old one - I thought it was a more robust exam, and certainly, as an architect, I found it more in line with what I do on a daily basis.
 
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