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My strategy to score > 90% in SCBCD

 
Nishant Verma
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Hi Ranchers

I heard most of you guys reading through HeadFirst et all for taking this exam. But guess !! I found an alternate. Bcos all the HFEJB books in Singapore library were on loan. Poor me !!

So for people who want to take up this exam within a week or 10 days, I suggest them a lateral approach.

Strategy -

Objective and Mission : To pass the SCBCD exam with > 90% score and < 100% in 10 days time (Yes it is ambitious ;-)

Day 1: http://www.vipan.com/htdocs/ejb-jar.xml.html Learn the XML tags by heart

Day 2: Grab a cup of Java and read this page : (Today is a long day. Miles to go before I sleep .... )
http://www.leocrawford.org.uk/work/jcea/part1/ejb.html - EJB basics

Read through Gigu George notes. Thanks to him for posting his notes on the website. Be calm as you may not understand everything on first go. This may take 2 days. Notes - http://www.coderanch.com/t/160253/java-EJB-SCBCD/certification/Study-Notes

Day 4: Read through the "Revising the SCBCD" notes. More clarifications, more explanations. URL is http://www.revisingscbcd.co.uk/

Day 5: Register @ ejbcertificate.com And complete the mock exams. Will take another 2 days

Day 7: Clear you doubts on the topics read so far. 1 day. Relax !!

a. Got any doubts on run-as or use-caller-identity. http://home.tiscali.nl/illuminate/scbcd/My%20SCBCDE%20Study%20Notes%20-%2011%20Security%20Management.htm

b. Clarify you knowledge about Application Vs System exceptions - http://java.boot.by/bcd-guide/ch12s03.html

c. What are EJB transactions ? http://www.kevinboone.com/ejb-transactions.html Remember the focus is "TRANSACTION ATTRIBUTES". Get over the habit of getting locked by the amazing "Isolation levels". EJB 2.0 specs tell me that Isolation levels are not supported. So dont waste time ;-)

Also note that nested tx are not supported by J2EE transaction manager. So no readings on nested tx pls.

Day 8: Get the Whizlabs toolkit. 3 exams total. All the exams test whether you and the facts on the turoial are on same page. The tutorial - http://www.whizlabs.com/tutorial/scbcd/index.html

You may object from time to time and come up with questions, but remember this is a fact sheet. The exam objective will drill you on these facts.

All that matters now is you answer the question correctly. Everytime.

Day 9: Whizlabs exam 2

Day 10: Whizlabs exam 3. Watch the soccer match ;-)

Day 11: Take the exam. And remember to post the results on the site.

All the best

Cheers
Nishant

SCBCD 1.3 94%
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Thanks for those very useful tips and hints on how to best prepare for the exam.

The community will definitely appreciate
 
George Fung
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Good..Great Thanks... I am poor guy and can't afford to buy wizlab mocks. Any suggestions?
 
Nishant Verma
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George
I suggested an alternative approach to what people here are doing. Dont want to comment about something I did not read.

This approach may not work for some people. So if you think you cannot afford to buy Whizlabs then go the conventional way.

Fortunately you still have access to Whizlab notes on the following url -
http://www.whizlabs.com/tutorial/scbcd/index.html

Cheers
Nishant
SCJP 89%, SCBCD 94%

PS : I am neither an EJB programmer nor I had written or deployed a single EJB in a container. However I was in control of the subject matter before the exam. Guess the difference lies in doing the things the hard way and the smart way.
 
Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratulations ! Thanks for sharing your experience !
 
Marx Villegas
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How long have you been working with EJB?
10 days sounds like a reasonable goal for someone with experience.
Your 10-day plan sounds promising, you should start your own academy someday
Best regards, and congratulations!
XM



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wise owen
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Congratulations!
 
Nishant Verma
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Originally posted by Marx Villegas:
How long have you been working with EJB?

XM
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[ June 20, 2006: Message edited by: Marx Villegas ]


Thanks Marx. Sure I will. But way to go, SCEA is on cards next. Frankly, I am not an EJB programmer.
 
Marx Villegas
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So you started from scratch and got certified in 10 days?
That's amazing!
XM
 
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