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Brutalized on the 486

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I just wrote the 486 and passed today!
Some points to sum up:
- The diagrams are brutal. How one could squeeze 21" diagrams into a 14" monitor is beyond me... they should have definitely "refactored" the user dissatisfaction regarding the size of those monsters (maybe that will be in the next iteration)
- Based on the material IBM professes will give the necessary tools to pass this exam, I was still astounded at the intuitive nature of the questions and how much they expect the writer to apply concepts in only a two hour write. Alas, I had about two minutes remaining to "check my work".
- I do not enjoy ambushes, but the code snippets on the exam were a refreshing break although not entirely unexpected.
- The ICE exam online is likely the only reason I passed this. My first attempt, I concentrated on Larman, Distilled, and the UML Reference Manual by the three amigos. Although trusting the "process" did help, it wasn't until I completely researched the answers to the ICE exam that I was able to abstract what IBM expected for answers. What Larman and the amigos would preach as correct, IBM only railroads in the exam.
- Time wasters are everywhere. When they state "Refer to the Exhibit", they give you two or three; only one of which is relevant. I especially enjoy opening and closing exhibits 2-4 times and moving browsers around on the screen so I can compare the answers to the options provided. Might as well make some money off of the students who can't navigate a desktop well.
-Overall, I was disappointed in the exam. Although I passed, it was not by much despite the in-depth knowledge of all the study material. Much like studying for a Physics exam and being handed a Chemistry exam. I enjoyed the Larman book, and Distilled was great to clarify notation tools and perspectives, but I found the exam's attempt to test the student's knowledge on the above to be a discredit to IBM. Apparently there exists "high coupling" between IBM and their test fees.
Going in to this exam, know Larman's process. Someone else on the chats said "trust the process". They are 100% correct. Without that trust, I'd be studying this again.
Now on to J2EE!
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Which book did u use, both are written by Larman
1. Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design.
2. Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and the Unified Process.

Thanx. in Adavance,
Shankar S
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Hi ShankarS,
Here are the books I used:
- UML Distilled Second Edition by Fowler/Scott
- Applying UML and Patterns, An Introduction to OOAD by Larman
- The UML Reference Manual by Rumbaugh,Jacobson and Booch
And the ICE exam. It was posted somewhere here in the chats with all the correct answers. The chats are also great to monitor as they often discuss issues relevant to the study effort. It was fundamental for my success.
Good luck with it,
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