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Failed SCEA part 1

 
Kees Pieters
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Hi,

Just to share my experiences today: I failed the scea with 6% below the pass score. I was anticipating this, as my preparation time was about two weeks, and I have little experience with J2EE business components...next time better.

I thought the questions were generally reasonable, and comparable to the findings in other posts. I got relatively many questions on JCA and EIS (which was a bad thing, as I was not prepared for this), and also load balancing and clustering questions (dito). The two hours were just enough for me, so a double check was out of the question.

I have prepared with the certification guides from Cade & Roberts old version, but bought the safari preprint after reading to these posts. In general Cade & Roberts were good, but they lack the J2EE patterns, security threats, encryption, JSF and Web Services. These were all asked extensively. Most of the required info I got from reading these posts and downloading/reading the recommended literature and blogs.
I also bought two practice exams from Sun, which were good preparations. I also have an old certification guide from Allen & Bambera (2001), of which I think the JCA and EIS section will still be approriate. No questions were asked on UML (also not in the mock exams)

I think I should have read an up to date specification/tutorial on Web containers and Servlet/JSP, especially with regard to session management in combination with clustering web servers (two questions)

All in all I think I now have a good preparation for a second time. If I had favourable questions, then probably I would have passed 70 per cent, even without an extensive preparation, but the gradient between passing and failing was steep for me. For the next time, I think I need to concentrate a bit more on:

Connectors/EIS: advantages/possibilities
JSP/JSF/Servlet: comparing technologies in practical applications
load balancing/clustering
security: kind of threats and possible solutions (firewall/DMZ, etc)
encryption: MD5/SHA/DES/DES3/Blowfish
Patterns/J2EE patterns: know them all by heart, including advantages/disadvantages => you can really make points with these
EJB/JPA/JMS..... in practical applications. This also gets a lot of points
JSF/JSP/Servlet: comparison: when to use what: also a source of many questions
JMS/MDB/Web Services/Session Beans: see above
JPA/JDBC/BMP/CMP: pro's and cons

A month should be sufficient...but i'll keep you posted!

Kees

Hope this may be of help for others
 
prathap venkata naga yelugula
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Did you attempted many Mocks.

For each and every Mock , you can get one different glance on complete syllabus like which concept
stresses which concept is easy so on.

Next time better Luck. Failures are Stepping stones to Success.

Cheers!
Pratap.
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jeremias lacanienta
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MZ's notes and the Sun Blueprints are worth looking at. I'm sure it will help you a lot in case you haven't got the opportunity to use the the technologies concerned.
 
Debashish Chakrabarty
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Hard luck Keesp. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us. Best wishes to clear with flying colours.
 
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