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Passed 1Z0-897 with 100% - Reccomendations

 
David Lizarraga
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Hi,
Yesterday I cleared OCEJWSD 6 with a score of 100% .
Now it might look like that the exam is kind of easy because of the score, but that would be a mistake, the exam is really tough. It's been around four months preparing for this exam at a basis of 1 to 2 hours on average per day, taking into consideration that I already had some exposure to soap web services development in my work. I will list what in my opinion, would be a good roadmap to be successful in this exam along with the resources needed:

1) Java Web Services: Up and Running - Martin Kalin
This should be the first book you read to get a hand of what are soap and rest web services, what can you do with them and how to implement them with JAX-WS and JAX-RS. If you are completely new to this topic I recommend writing some of the code examples the book gives, and if you already have some knowledge you can just go through the book skipping the parts that you consider you already know well enough.

2) OCEJWSD 6 study notes - Mikalai Zaikin http://java.boot.by/ocewsd6-guide/
This one is a must. It will be your first source of knowledge for the exam and it covers most of the topics of the exam.

3) Version 5 of the exam study notes - Ivan Krizsan http://www.ivankrizsan.se/my-books/
Version 5 of the exam study notes - Mikalai Zaikin http://java.boot.by/scdjws5-guide/
What was not covered in Mikalai Zaikin version 6 of the exam notes, you will find it in one of these two resources. They are targeted to the Java EE 5 web services exam, but most of these topics are included in the version 6.

4) OCEJWSD 6 Mock Test - Mikalai Zaikin
This mock exam simulates the multiple choice style questions you will find in the exam and it includes explanations for every one of the possible answers. Thanks to this explanations, you can use it not only near the end of the preparation but also as a study method when you get tired of just reading. This one is not for free but the price can be considered symbolic for the value it actually has. Send and email or an MP to Mikalai and he will tell you how to buy it.

5) Enthuware OCEJWSD 6 Mock Exam - Question bank created by Fritz Walraven http://enthuware.com/index.php/mock-exams/oracle-certified-expert/oce-web-services-mock-questions
The last 3-4 weeks you should spend them doing this test. It includes lots of questions that resemble the real exam and some of them are even harder (if you pass this exams without cheating you will probably pass the real one), and it will help you with getting used to the exam format. The question bank was created by Fritz Walraven, which if you are here you probably already know, but if you don't, he is a rancher here who always helps solving the web services questions in this forum. The software has a nice feature that consists in that when you are answering a question, you will have a "Discuss" button, which will take you a topic in the Enthuware forums, in which that exact question is being discussed and you can ask any doubt you may have about for example one of the wrong answers, or why is that option the right answer. I found that very useful.

And well, that's all
Be ready to spend many hours studying for this exam but you should enjoy it too. I found all the topics to be very interesting and the soap and rest web services knowledge will give you a big plus in your resume because not many people know how web services actually work or how to apply best practices.

Good luck!

DL
 
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Congratulation David and thanks for sharing your experience

 
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Congratulations

What a score!! You deserve a Cow for the detailed description of your preparation. I am sure it will help others.

Nice to hear that you liked the Enthuware Question Bank

Any plans for another Certification?
 
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Wow! Thanks for the cow!!

I will keep learning other stuff but for now I don't have in mind taking any other certification, although if in some time I do, I guess I would go for the EJB one.
Starting next week I will focus in learning Spring MVC which is the last of the three most popular MVC frameworks which i haven't worked with, and also putting some effort in learning how to design real world java ee web applications from scratch.
For this last part I didn't know where to start so I bought Amritendu De's: "Spring, Hibernate, Data Modeling, REST and TDD" book, which was promoted here some months ago and we'll see if it was a good choice or not. Any books suggestions would be appreciated although I guess this is not the appropiate section
 
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David Lizarraga wrote:Hi,
Yesterday I cleared OCEJWSD 6 with a score of 100% .


Congratulations !

Great score !

Glad to know my WSD 6 Guide and WSD 6 Quiz helped.

Good luck,
MZ
 
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Congratulations David!
 
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Congratulations!
 
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Congrats
 
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Great score David Lizarraga.
I am also preparing for exam. JAX-RS which version should i refer as part of This exam. I have done some examples using jersy 1.8 api. Any one can help me, if i am not right way.
preparing those books which you suggested.
 
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JAX-RS v1.1. and use the Jersey 1.18 tutorial (ch 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) to prepare.
 
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Mikalai Zaikin wrote:
David Lizarraga wrote:Hi,
Yesterday I cleared OCEJWSD 6 with a score of 100% .


Congratulations !

Great score !

Glad to know my WSD 6 Guide and WSD 6 Quiz helped.

Good luck,
MZ


Hello Mikalai Zaikin's ,

I started reading your notes which seems perfect thanks for this.
But there is missing chapters with only "blah ,blah"

Any reason for this ?
Is there any way you can complete it so every one has a complete reference ?
 
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Ramy Nady wrote:

Any reason for this ?
Is there any way you can complete it so every one has a complete reference ?


There are several reasons:
1) That topic covered in other place of the guide (did you notice some objectives are repeating? those objectives are not official, I reverse engineered them from different source, including Oracle training)
2) I just did not have time during my preparation to the test (it was main purpose of these notes).

Since I passed the test I don't plan to return to the guide and add new content.

Good luck,
MZ
 
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Thanks alot for sharing your experience, but which book you read?

Java Web Services: Up and Running or Java Web Services: Up and Running Second Edition ?
 
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Rami Nassar wrote:
Thanks alot for sharing your experience, but which book you read?

Java Web Services: Up and Running or Java Web Services: Up and Running Second Edition ?


It was answered here: http://www.coderanch.com/t/631800/java-Web-Services-SCDJWS/certification/Reference-books-Webservices-Developer-exam

 
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Congratulations DL and thanks for sharing this valuable information.
 
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David Lizarraga wrote:Yesterday I cleared OCEJWSD 6 with a score of 100% .

Well done! Best I ever managed was 97% in a German oral exam around 1970 (as you may gather, most of my "exam" days are long behind me).

Still ended up failing my O-level two years later though, so keep studying and have some cow for brain food.

Winston
 
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Winston Gutkowski wrote:
Well done! Best I ever managed was 97% in a German oral exam around 1970 (as you may gather, most of my "exam" days are long behind me).

Still ended up failing my O-level two years later though, so keep studying and have some cow for brain food.

Winston


Thanks for the cow Winston . And thank you everyone for the congratulations.
I'm glad this can help as an example of a roadmap for this exam.

Keep studying hard guys!
 
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Well done and congratulation!

Thanks for the advices. I have just ordered the Enthuware  stuff.

 
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Awesome score, congratulations!

Thank you for the tips. I have a question about the suggested preparation: the OCEJWSD-Links page suggests to read some of the official documents from the JCP and W3C. Did you also do this or do you think this is unnecessary?
 
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Hi Henno,

the OCEJWSD-Links page suggests to read some of the official documents from the JCP and W3C. Did you also do this or do you think this is unnecessary?

Unlike other java certifications where there are good study books you are now basically left with a list of 14 objectives (without details). There is no pointer what to read and what not to read. There are so many materials about WSD that you could easily be overwhelmed.

I made this list of all the documents that are involved in the WSD exam. The mentioned study notes and book cover some of the topics but there is definitely a gap. You can fill that gap of theoretical knowlegde by following that list.

Regards,
Frits
 
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Frits Walraven wrote:I made this list of all the documents that are involved in the WSD exam. The mentioned study notes and book cover some of the topics but there is definitely a gap. You can fill that gap of theoretical knowlegde by following that list.


Thank you for the clarification, I guess it doesn't hurt to read the same information from multiple sources.
 
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