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1Z0-858 Java EE5 WCD Exam - 76%

 
Greg Wright
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After preparing on and off for a few months I finally sat and fortunately passed the 1Z0-858 Java Enterprise Edition 5 Web Component Developer Certified Professional on 24 June 2014.

My Oracle exam voucher expired on 30 June so there was no more time to procrastinate and/or reschedule, I simply had to do the best I could and sit it!!
Fortunately despite surprise questions around cookies I did well with everything else so obviously my prep material was good enough ;-)

In preparation:
- I had read through and gone through examples of the Charles Lyons book: http://www.garnerpress.com/catalogue/BK0316/
- I had completed 4 out of the 8 mock exams (would have like to have completed them all but time was not on my side). I was getting mid to high 60%'s. See Enthuware exam for web dev 5.0 here: http://www.enthuware.com/index.php/mock-exams/oracle-certified-expert/scwcd-questions
- I had read through the Java EE tutorial for further examples, especially around tagging and security. Tutorial here: http://docs.oracle.com/javaee/5/tutorial/doc/docinfo.html
- I used the Netbeans IDE / Glassfish combination download. I used it on my Ubuntu platform and did find not everything worked, especially around db scripts. There was a bit of messing around but it was usable enough for basic examples for purely exam prep. Download page here: https://netbeans.org/downloads/6.5.1/. Download the one that includes tomcat and glassfish. I only used glassfish v2.1 because the EE 5 tutorial references glassfish configs etc.

Main reason for wanting to post up my result and story was to alert all those looking at sitting this exam is that there was one gaping hole in both the study guide book and the mock exams was there was next to no detail about cookies and the API around that in the study guide. The Enthuware practice tests had 3 questions around cookies across 8 mock exams.
There were at least 5 questions in my exam specific to cookies!!! Can see from my exam result breakdown this was the area that really killed my final score (cookies in session management section) but I'm just grateful I killed most of the rest!


Your Score: 76% Passing Score: 72% Result: Pass

Section Score
Building JSP Pages Using Standard Actions 4/4
Building JSP Pages Using Tag Libraries 6/8
Building JSP Pages Using the Expression Language (EL) 4/5
Building a Custom Tag Library 4/5
J2EE Patterns 6/6
Session Management 2/7
The JavaServer Pages (JSP) Technology Model 5/7
The Servlet Technology Model 6/6
The Structure and Deployment of Web Applications 7/8
The Web Container Model 4/7
Web Application Security 5/6

Hopefully this helps someone around their exam preparation, especially around the cookie questions!
 
Paul Anilprem
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Hi Greg,
Congratulations on passing and thank you very much for your feedback about cookie related questions. We will work on enhancing the coverage of this topic in the question bank.

Did you also get questions on Cookie class API itself such as the domain, maxAge, path, and value accessors?
-Paul.
 
Jhonson Fernando
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Congratulation!
 
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Congratulations!
 
Greg Wright
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Paul Anilprem wrote:Hi Greg,
Congratulations on passing and thank you very much for your feedback about cookie related questions. We will work on enhancing the coverage of this topic in the question bank.

Did you also get questions on Cookie class API itself such as the domain, maxAge, path, and value accessors?
-Paul.


Hi Paul,

That's great you guys are actively looking here to gather feedback to continuously improve.
I really wanted to give some feedback to you guys as I was genuinely very pleased with the product pricing (good value), the quality of the exam practice questions and the question simulator itself - so apologies for not getting around to that either but here will suffice now.

Thanks also for helping to jog my memory as it was already just over 2 months ago since I sat the exam!

I definitely remember getting Cookie API questions around the Cookie class constructor method signature and getter / setter for maxAge.
I think I remember getting a multiple choice question something along the lines of 'if you wanted a cookie expiry of x hours, what value should the maxAge be set to?'.

As per the Oracle exam documentation: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=5001&get_params=p_exam_id:1Z0-858

I remember also getting quizzed on the methods to get/set from servlet requests/response objects:

- use HttpServletRequest interface to retrieve cookies from the request, select correct method - Cookie[] getCookies()
- use HttpServletResponse interface to add cookies to the response, select correct method - addCookie(Cookie cookie)
- how cookies might be used to manage sessions (general cookie/session management knowledge type of question/s)

http://docs.oracle.com/javaee/5/api/javax/servlet/http/Cookie.html

Hope this helps Enthuware as well as future test takers
 
Paul Anilprem
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Thank you, Greg! That was very helpful.
 
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Congratulations, champion! Well done!
 
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