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Passed SCWCD with 95%

 
Ritu varada
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Hey all,
I took the exam on saturday and I passed with 95%. I got 66/69 right.Many Many thanks to the HFS for making it happen. Its an awesome book. A couple of friends even bought it after seeing my book. Great job!
The exam was not as hard as I expected. I got 55% in the HFS final mock exam (That was a little hard because they don't give you the no of choices but in the real exam they do!). So, although discouraged, I thought that I could not prepare anymore since I had been taking j2eecertificate.com and jdiscuss mock exams(I got 75% in the final exam) and I had read the HFS book over 7-8 times!!

Anyway, in the real exam,
a. Lots of EL questions but not very hard.
b. Lots of design pattern questions. Make sure you read the final summary of design pattern chapter in the HFS book. That should be enough.
c. Definetely memorize all the ejb related tags. I got three of them.
d. Make sure you answer all the mock questions at the end of each chapter. I remember taking all the questions all over again before I left for the real exam!). I got 4-5 questions from them itself.
Good luck to all of you!

Thanks,Kathy,Bert and Bryan for such a great book. I want to sneak in a question for the authors. Do you have a web services book ? I already have your EJB book! Thanks !
 
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CONGRATULATIONS! RITU GOOD SCORE
 
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Wow Ritu! 95% is awesome!

We meant for the exams in the book to be harder than the real thing, but we didn't think they'd be that much harder

A web services book is really, really, low on our list... (we don't actually LIKE web services very much, so at this point it wouldn't be very much fun to write a book about them ).

Although I haven't done a lot of research, so you'll have to take my advice with a grain of salt, i think that Richard Monson-Haefel's web services book would be a good one to use for studying.

Again, congrats, and we're glad the book helped!

- Bert
 
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Congratulations Ritu!!!
 
Ritu varada
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To be fair, Bert, I don't think that the final mock exam was that hard. If you have a screaming 1 year old at 6.30 in the morning and you are just skimming through the questions just to finish them up, is not doing much justice to the exam. But, still, overall, it was a hard exam and I am glad that it did not lead me with a false sense of confidence and made me revise the book over once again!
 
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Hi Ritu,

Congrats on your score!

When you said you had questions on ejb tags, did you mean the j2ee/ejb elements in the deployment descriptor?

TIA
 
Ritu varada
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Hi Karen,
Yes, ejb related tags like ejb-ref, ejd-local-ref, env-entry etc.. although its just a matter of memorization ( as recommended in the book)

Hope this helps.
 
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Thanks Ritu.

What are your plans now? SCJD?
 
Ritu varada
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No, I am not there yet for SCJD. I am starting on my new job next week and I think I should just concentrate on that for a while! But, you never know and Java ranch will definetely help me in whichever exam I want to take on next time! Thanks for asking!
 
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Hi
Ritu
Congratulation for your success and great score.

So can u tell me how much time you spend (hours/day) and total days Approx.???

thanx
sanjay
 
Ritu varada
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Hi Sanjay,
I started in earnest probably by mid-december although I had read the HFS book a couple of times before that. I took a couple of weeks to just understand the theory. In January, I just concentrated on writing sample programs for most of the topics (probably couple of hours everyday). In Feb, I took a lot of mock exams from j2eecertificate.com,jdiscuss and whizlabs - probably 3-4 hrs everyday) and reading the book a few times more. I took the final mock exam on wednesday, got 55%, read the book once more and gave the exam! I did ok!

Hope this helps.
 
rakeshBhatia
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Congrats,

And wow 95%. I must say you deserve it. You have read HFS 7-8 times and tried the code as well as mock exams online. I think that is more than enough. Adding the fact that you have a small baby to take care of.

(I am attempting my exam either on 14/04 or 21/03 depending on how confident I feel after a first read and exercises of HFS). My plan is to read it at least twice and then go through the servlet, API and JSTL specs twice.

a. Did you feel the need to go through the specs ?
b. And in your 2-3rd and subsequent reads of the book, did you read every work from cover to cover ?

Regards,

Raj
 
Ritu varada
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Hi Raj,
Thank you for the kind words. Yes, babies definetely make it harder to do stuff. No doubt about that but HFS format helps you manage dreary stuff very well (although I somewhat feel bad saying that because this is supposed to my career and I should feel fun reading books at the end of day ). Well, to answer your questions

1. Although I did download the spec, I just could not bring myself to read it .
2. I am not sure what you mean by cover to cover but I did try to cover every page because I was not covering the spec. ( Also, the week after I read the book once , I open the book the next week and I would not remember reading some things and that just used to frustate me a lot - that's why I read the book over and over again). But, more than reading, trying out some examples really helped me and There are a lot of sample EL code out there. The below link has some useful examples!
http://jetty.mortbay.org/jsp-examples/

Hope this helps. Good luck!
 
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Thanks Ritu for the quick reply.

I too somehow found going through the APIs a bit challenging. So, I couldn't do much on that. I am happy with reading HF though. Will read it as many times as I can.

Will try these EL examples as well.

Thanks again,

Raj
 
Srinivasan Ethirajan
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Hai,

great

& what is meant bt HFS book


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