Took the test today and passed with 78%.
Seriously, that was the toughest SUN certification exam, I have taken to date.
Lots of questions where you had to make subjective calls.
The questions on security where a bit tough too.
Didn't encounter too many questions on design patterns ( felt like one doesn't need
to learn the usage of the core patterns in depth, just need to know what each pattern is used for
and no need to really go through the uml and sample code for it, at least for the certification)
Well, I used the following books and study materials.
1.) Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE™ Technology Study Guide by Mark Cade and Simon Roberts
2.) Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051) by Paul Allen and Joseph Bambara
3.) Study guide by Mikalai Zaikin
4.) epractize labs simulator which I had got for free when they did a promotion of it here on the ranch.
(Useless for the current exam. Not worth it at all)
5.) Browsed through relevant and new technologies like JAX-WS, JSF, EJB 3.0 etc by reading through the material
available on javapassion.com.
Didn't really read through those j2ee and core design patterns books mentioned in the test objectives. I was too
lazy to read it and now having taken the exam don't think its really required if one is looking at purely clearing
the exam. Mikalai's notes where good enough for me.
Feeling very relieved after doing this exam. The question is what next?
Can you please let us know as to how much in depth knowledge is required regarding JAX-WS, JAXB, StAX, JSF , EJB3.0 technologies for SCEA5 PART1
1> What kind of questions did you get? Were they generic questions regarding the gist of these technologies or did you see question which asked for the Annotations information etc used in these techniques?
2> Also Do you required to know the code for these? (I know code will not be asked on the exam)
but did you experience any question which would not have been answered without having an actual coding experience for these technologies?
Not much indepth knowledge is required in all those technologies mentioned.
Almost all questions are generic with a real life situation given as the background on which the question is based. No annotations or code. Had two drag and drop questions
and it was about arranging the different components in each tier of an enterprise app.
Don't really think coding knowledge is required but it obviously helps to read through some code to properly
understand it. i used the slides on javapassion.com's j2ee course to basically understand each new stuff.
Just read through those slides and did not do all those exercises mentioned.
Properly read Mikalai's guide on security... there where a few questions(2 0r 3) on virtual proxy, byte-code verification
I would say go for it if you have the time. I don't think doing it early is going to hurt.
Actually, I have around 3.5 years exp and used to think like you. But I thought it is
better to do atleast part 1 which is an objective exam and do the part 2 and 3 later
becoz its not very relevant for me right now and also becoz its costly( Nobody reimburses me for taking certs ).
But now I intend to do it sooner than later becoz I have a lot of time now to do it and I also get to learn
and do some UML for this exam. Also, the way I see it, I might remember more about the constituent parts
of Java EE right now than say 2 years down the line.
As one grows older other priorities might take up your time, so it's better to do things right now if you have the motivation and time.
Thanks a lot Anup for that valuable suggestion.
I will start preparing right away.
I stand to gain a lot by reading and preparing for the exam.
The only doubt was whether its the correct time.
One more doubt: Where should I start off...I have the Paul Allen book with me.
Should I start with that?
"The more I learn,the more,I get to know, is left to learn."
Go through the materials I have listed on the starting post of this thread.
Ya, you can use that book first becoz its pretty small but don't expect the standard
of questions after each chapter to mirror what you will get for the real exam.
The questions will be longer and harder.
I have just started the preparation for SCEA Level 1 with book SCEA by Mark Cade and Simon Roberts .
I read through the 1st chapter. While starting to read UML, I thought I could cross check the syllabus from sun's website "http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-052.xml".
I came to know that the syllabus is not exactly matching the book. I am confused on how to go ahead with the preparation on this. Can you guys please help me with ? Do I need to read through all the chapters in that book and then cross check the objectives ?
Please guide me in proceeding on this
Thanks & Regards