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Scope design patterns in Java SE7 upgrade exam 1Z0-805

 
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Hello,

Currently I am preparing for the Java SE7 1Z0-805 upgrade exam. Have worked through the book of Ganesh and Sharma.
Now I worked my way through the exam simulator from Enthuware, part 2-design patterns and note that this simulator covers a far broader range of design patterns than does the book.
Book covers: DAO, singleton, factory, abstract factory, observer.
Enthuware simulator however asks questions about: all of the above plus service locator, business delegate, front delegate, front controller, MVC, flyweight, dispatcher view, intercepting filter, session facade, view helper, composite view, value list handler, value objects.

Obviously I would like to know the real scope for the exam.

Oracle says this:
http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/extra/certification/javase-7-upgrade.html#design
Here four 'items' are mentioned, in line with Ganesh/Sharma book, on the other hand books like "Head First Design Patterns by Elizabeth Freeman, et al" are recommended study material, but this book covers far more than the four 'items' mentioned.

So, which design patterns should be known for the upgrade exam?

Thanks in advance.
 
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We do cover more patterns than the book or what is explicitly mentioned in the objectives. The reason is that our questions are based on the feedback that we receive from the actual test takers regarding what they encountered in the real exam. So we know that each of these patterns are mentioned either in the problem statement or in option statement. To make sure that the candidate is not confused by the question, we include whatever information we believe is necessary. Of course, you may not see all the patterns in the questions that you get in your exam but you don't really know which ones you may get. So my suggestion is to at least go through the explanations for each of these patterns.

BTW, real exam also adds new questions from time to time, which may render the static content of a book obsolete.

HTH,
Paul.
 
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OK, thanks for your quick reply.
So it looks like we have to be able to at least recognise all these patterns and to be able to place them in the big picture.
Strange that Oracle is not able to produce a more exhaustive list of exam objectives than the one in my first post.

So, I am going to assume that reading a few high level articles about design patterns should be enough preparation?
Articles like these:

http://javajeetechnology.weebly.com/design-patterns-interview-questions.html
http://www.slideshare.net/SmartBizVN/gof-j2ee-design-patterns
http://thetechtips.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/j2ee-design-pattern-notes/

 
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I have taken the upgrade exam yesterday, and the only design patternes i got questions about was DAO, singleton, factory, abstract factory.

 
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Frank Jacobsen wrote:I have taken the upgrade exam yesterday, and the only design patternes i got questions about was DAO, singleton, factory, abstract factory.



Ahh, that's what I want to hear!
 
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Jan Hulst wrote:

Frank Jacobsen wrote:I have taken the upgrade exam yesterday, and the only design patternes i got questions about was DAO, singleton, factory, abstract factory.



Ahh, that's what I want to hear!


Actually, that's a dangerous way to look at it. A candidate gets only a fraction of the questions that are contained in the question bank. So it is possible that one candidate did not get a single question on certain topic, but another one did. You might want to consider this before basing your decision on what to omit and what not.

HTH,
Paul.
 
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Jan Hulst wrote:OK, thanks for your quick reply.
So it looks like we have to be able to at least recognise all these patterns and to be able to place them in the big picture.
Strange that Oracle is not able to produce a more exhaustive list of exam objectives than the one in my first post.

So, I am going to assume that reading a few high level articles about design patterns should be enough preparation?
Articles like these:

http://javajeetechnology.weebly.com/design-patterns-interview-questions.html
http://www.slideshare.net/SmartBizVN/gof-j2ee-design-patterns
http://thetechtips.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/j2ee-design-pattern-notes/


Yes, that's good. Even if you are aware of a pattern to identity a wrong option, that should be enough.

HTH,
Paul.
 
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